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Meet Our Staff

Savannah United is proud to bring you the most highly accomplished coaching staff in the Savannah area. All of our Academy and Select coaches have played competitively at a high-level and hold licenses for coaching. We believe strongly in educating our coaching staff so they may better equip and enrich our players.

In addition to the amazing coaching staff we have assembled, Savannah United has access to coaches and coaching resources from Chelsea FC. All of our coaches have exclusive access to the Chelsea FC Development tools and methods.

Directors


Gary Wright

Executive Director
Email: g.wright@savannahunited.com

Gary started his soccer career at a very early age, and like all English boys, dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. His dream was realized when he was fortunate enough to be offered a contract at age 16 with the English professional club Torquay United, under the then coach and former Scottish World Cup captain Bruce Rioch. Other managers Gary played for were David Webb (former Chelsea FC legend), Cyril Knowles (former England and Tottenham) and Gerry Gow (former Scotland, Man. C and Bristol C).  

After a successful playing career with Torquay Utd and Yeovil Town, Gary turned to coaching and took his first coaching steps by obtaining the English Football Association Preliminary badge. In 1995/96 Gary was offered the youth coaches job with Premier Swedish club Vastra Frolunda. After a very successful spell at Vastra Frolunda, which included winning the Gothia Cup (World Youth Cup), Gary was offered the Head Coaches job at Swedish Division 1 club Skovde A.I.K. He guided Skovde A.I.K to second in the division and the 4th round of the Swedish National Cup. 

After numerous offers to keep him in European soccer, Gary decided to lend his soccer knowledge to the youth of the United States and has been in Savannah now for a little over 18 years. In that time Gary has guided club teams to State Finals, Division Championships, numerous tournament wins and even an appearance in a National Championship (Nike Cup). He has also worked as a coach to some of Savannah’s high school teams and was instrumental in laying down the foundation for the success of the girls program at Savannah Country Day School where they reached the State Division AA/A final four. Gary also helped St. Andrew’s to the final four in their State Championship and assisted at Windsor Forest High School when they made it to the final eight. Gary was the most successful director in Coastal Georgia Soccer's history and was an integral part in forming the super club, Savannah United.  Gary is currently the Executive Club Director for Savannah United, on the ODP Staff for the State of Georgia and holds the USSF ’A’ licensed coaching qualification.

Keith Gunn

Technical Director

Email: k.gunn@savannahunited.com

Keith lived in the North East of Scotland for 18 years, but it was during a 6 year spell with his parents in Africa as a young boy where his passion for the game was ignited. Upon return to Scotland, he was selected for his local select team and was graduated out of the club's youth program and into the Senior squad who participated in the Scottish Juniors League. During that time, Keith was selected to play in a regional squad which competed against youth academies from the Scottish Premier League. Following his time in the Juniors League, he continued to play Amateur soccer before moving to the USA. 

Keith has a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Sports Coaching & Development obtained from the University of Abertay, Dundee. During that time, he was hired as a community coach for Dundee United's J League Program, a Scottish Premier League team. Shortly after graduation he decided to relocate to the United States in the pursuit of a full time coaching career. After a brief spell with Coastal Georgia Soccer Association, Keith helped structure another youth soccer club and Savannah Celtic F.C. was born in the summer of 2006. He was a co-founder and helped grow Celtic from 150 players in it's inaugural season to over 1000 players and Savannah's largest youth soccer club in just 6 years. In the Spring of 2013, discussions took place between Celtic and Coastal Georgia Soccer Association about working together, as one club, for the betterment of Savannah soccer and SSA Savannah United was formed.

In addition to club duties, Keith is part of the Georgia Soccer coach education staff and runs USSF license courses for local area coaches. He is the head coach for the District Training Center in Richmond Hill and the Girls DTC All Star team that will participate in Region Camp over the summer. Under 'US Club Soccer', Keith is a staff member of the Player Development Program or 'PDP', which brings together some of the best young talent from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida 4 times a year. He is involved in local area camps as well as out of town camps including Georgia Southern University, University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan.
 
Coaching Credentials:
* NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
* NSCAA Premier Diploma
* NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 2
* Scottish FA Level 3
* Bachelor of Science Hons 'Sports Coaching & Development'
  

Jeff Storey-Pitts

Program Director

Email: j.storey-pitts@savannahunited.com

Jeff grew up in Rome, Georgia and fell in love with the game at an early age.  He was fortunate enough to be one of the founding players of local club Arsenal Rome and stayed with the club from the 10U - 19U age groups.  After successful years with his local club and high school teams Jeff made the decision to play for Brevard College in NC.  At the time Brevard competed at the NAIA level.  After two seasons at Brevard College, Jeff made the move to Brescia University in Owensboro, KY where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  At the time Brescia was consistently in the top 25 of the NAIA National Rankings with their highest ranking reaching # 8.  

After relocating to Savannah in 2007 he began coaching with Savannah Celtic F.C. and was heavily involved with every program.  Jeff has over 13 years of coaching experience and has worked with various high school teams and club teams in Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky.  During the summers Jeff is heavily involved with local camps as well as branching out to coach camps at the University of Michigan and the Alabama ODP Team Camp.  He was also the Assistant Coach of the DTC All Star Girls team that competed in Region III Camp.
                       
Coaching Credentials:
* NSCAA Premier Diploma
* Coerver Youth Diploma

Paul Smith

Recreational Program Director                       

Email: p.smith@savannahunited.com

Paul is from Nottingham, England. He began his soccer education at a young age by being selected for the Nottingham Forest FC school of excellence under Paul Hart. At 15 he was signed by Neil Warnock at Notts County FC and begun his career as a trainee professional in 1991. After his two years of trainee professional experience, Paul played reserve team level for Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Huddersfield Town.

In 1995, Paul's journey took him to the USA and a four year career at NCAA Div III, Methodist University in North Carolina. During that time Paul gained many honors including, National Final Runner Up (1995), All American (1996), Conference Player of the Year (1996). In 2011 Paul was inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame. Paul graduated with a B.S in Physical Education and a Minor in Child Psychology.

Since finishing his playing career, Paul has been fortunate to direct programs for some of the most successful youth clubs in the south east. Starting in Fayetteville, NC and then on to Charlotte Soccer Club, NC, Concorde Fire, Atlanta Silverbacks, and GSA. Paul also ran his own Youth club, Atlanta Spurs FC with Ted MacDougall, from 2009 to 2013. During his 21 years coaching and directing, Paul's teams have won numerous State Championships and been in several Region III Quarter and Semi Finals.

Paul is also a part of the Coerver Coaching Technical Staff for Georgia.

Coaching Credentials:
*U.S.S.F National Youth License
*English F.A Prelim
*English F.A Intermediate
*Coerver Coaching Diploma



                        

David Shuman

Club Administrator

Email: d.shuman@savannahunited.com

David is a Savannah native who has coached with Savannah United for the past six years. He played soccer in college at South Georgia State College.         
              
Coaching Credentials: 
USSF National "D" License
Coached U13 Girls to Presidents State Cup Championship, represented GA in the regional finals

                       


Margaret Davis

Club Administrator

Email: m.davis@savannahunited.com


                       
  

Brandon Lee

Director of Media & Public Relations
Email: b.lee@savannahunited.com

Greenville, South Carolina.
Brandon handles our website/media material, along with our public and community outreach.                      
Coaching Credentials: 
*USSF "E" License 

 Coaches

         
 

Max Alcocer
USSF "E" License
Played professional soccer in Bolivia
Former assistant high school soccer coach





Chantal Audran
Oklahoma/France

USSF "E" License
3+ years of coaching experience
Former NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Player



  Eric Bowen
Brentwood, TN
USSF "E" License
9 years coaching experience
Former NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Player
                       


Jon Ferguson






      

Chris Graham
Huntington, WV
NSCAA National Diploma
USSF "D" License
8+ years of coaching experience
              
  

                      

  John Hungerford 
NSCAA National Diploma
USSF "D" License   


                                             

                      
Dustin Johnson                    
USSF "D" License     





Tom Melville        
IFA Full License "A"
Premier Trainer

2014 Sun Conference Co-Coach of the Year
Head Coach of SCAD Men's Soccer, led team to 2010 Sun Conference Championship 
     
            

 

Charles Moore
Oxford, England 
English FA License 1 & 2
UEFA Technical License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
Professional player and coach in England


Jim Ohaus
Westfield, NJ
USSF "E" License   
3 years of coaching experience
Former player with FVgg Weingarten '06 (Germany)           
                                                               
      
 
Dane Rimko                       
USSF "F" License   
Former NCAA Division II Collegiate Player               
                       






Danny Sonner
Wigan, England
UEFA "B" License
AC of SCAD Men's Soccer
18 year professional career in England
English Premier League and former N.Ireland International player
  


 


Ciara Thomas
Lexington, KY
USSF National "D" License
TOPSoccer Program Director 
Former NAIA Collegiate Player                   
                       




Steve Vigh
Tampa, FL
USSF "D" License
NSCAA National Diploma
12 years of coaching experience





 Atsushi Yamada
Tokyo, Japan
15 years of coaching experience
Former player for Guam Men's National Team 1998-2000
                     



 
Daniel Alvarado
Austin, TX
Georgia Southern University Men’s Soccer Team Graduate Assistant & Goalkeeper Coach
Former Head Trainer/Goalkeeper Coach at Avila Creative Soccer in Austin, TX
Former NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Player
                       
  Mark Bargeron
Savannah, GA
USSF "E" License
6+ years of club level coaching experience
Former Player with Nashville Blues
Former NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Player

                       

Keith Drittler
Rincon, GA
USSF "B" License
15 years of experience coaching club level soccer


                         

  Seth Fite               
Cincinnati, Ohio
USSF "D" License
 8+ years of coaching experience
Former NAIA Collegiate Soccer Player        



  Emily Grant                       
Statesboro, GA
USSF National "D" License
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Georgia Southern University
Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at University of Nevada Las Vegas

                       
Rebecca Gunn
NSCAA National License
NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma
USSF "D" License

Premier Trainer
Head Coach of SCAD Women's Soccer

                      
Andrew Kalumba                      
Kampala, Uganda
USSF "F" License    
1 year of coaching experience
15 years of playing experience              
                       
                       

David Minning  
Richmond Hill, GA
USSF "D" License                
7 years with Richmond Hill Soccer Club




  Charlie Morgan                     
Decatur, GA
USSF "A" License
NSCAA Premier, Pass with Distinction (top 5%)
USSF National Youth License

25 years of coaching experience
Two time USISL Coach of the Year
    
                                 
            
  Evan Parker
Stafford, VA
USSF National "B" License
                
USSF National Youth License
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeper I & II Diploma
    

                       
             
Alex Robles
Mexico
3 years of coaching experience
Played club soccer for 14 years
                        
                                          





Mike Smith
Florence, SC
USSF "E" License
5 years of coaching experience
More than 20 years playing experience
                              

                       

Darren Spong
Portsmouth, England
NSCAA National Diploma
USSF National "D" License
English FA License 1 & 2
Head Coach of SCAD Men's Soccer





Richard Tutschek
Chilliwack, Canada                       
USSF "B" License
Youth Level 1 & 2
Referee Level 3
St. John's Industrial First Aide
Over 45 years as a Player Premier In Canada
 
                  

Rob Weisel
Allentown, PA
USSF National "A" License
Men’s Assistant Coach at Savannah College of Art and Design for 8 seasons, winning 2010 Sun Conference Regular Season Championship & reaching Sun Conference/NAIA Region XIV Final six times 
  

Chris Young
Stone Mountain, GA
USSF National "B" License
USSF National Youth License
15 years of coaching experience
GA & NC ODP Staff Coach
GA & NC Coaching Education Instructor
            


 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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