Meet Our Staff

Savannah United is proud to bring you the most highly accomplished coaching staff in the Savannah area. All of our coaches have played competitively at a high-level, and they each hold licenses for coaching.

Gary Wright

Gary Wright

Executive Director

Coach Gary Wright is our Executive Director and over two decades worth of youth soccer experience. He manages the day-to-day operations of the club, overseeing all aspects. Contact Gary at

  • Coaching Experience: 25+ years
  • Professional Playing Career: Torquay Utd, Yeovil Town
  • Coaching Career: Vastra Frolunda (Sweden); Skovde A.I.K (Sweden); Georgia ODP Staff; Savannah United
  • Awards & Championships: Gothia Cup (World Youth Cup); Georgia Region 3 League and State Cup Champions; State Finals; National Championship (Nike Cup) appearance
  • Coaching Credentials: USSF “A” License
Keith Gunn

Keith Gunn

Academy Director & Technical Director

Coach Keith Gunn is our Academy Director, overseeing all competitive teams 7U – 12U, as well as the Age Group Director for the 9U & 10U Programs. Contact Keith at

  • Coaching Experience: 20+ years
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Sports Coaching & Development, University of Abertay, Dundee
  • Playing Career: Scottish Juniors Football
  • Coaching Career: Dundee United F.C.; Savannah United; Georgia ODP Staff; US Club Soccer Player Development Program
  • Coaching Credentials: USSF “C” License; USC Director of Coaching Diploma; USC Premier Diploma; USC Goalkeeper Level 2; Scottish FA Level 3
Jeff Storey-Pitts

Jeff Storey-Pitts

Select Director

Coach Jeff Storey-Pitts is our Select Director, overseeing all teams 13U – 19U. Coach Jeff has an open door policy and welcomes questions and comments from parents. Contact Jeff at

  • Coaching Experience: 17 years
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Brescia University
  • Playing Career: Arsenal Rome; Brevard College (NC); Brescia University (KY)
  • Coaching Career: Arsenal Rome; Owensboro United; Georgia ODP Staff; Savannah United
  • Coaching Credentials: USC Premier Diploma; USSF “D” License; Coerver Youth Diploma
Paul Smith

Paul Smith

School of Excellence Director

Coach Paul Smith is our School of Excellence Director (Pre-Academy). Contact Paul at

  • Coaching Experience: 26 years
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Ed, Methodist University (NC)
  • Playing Career: Nottingham Forest Youth (England); Notts County FC Pro (England); Methodist Univ (NC); NCAA All-American; NCAA Hall of Fame
  • Coaching Career: Director of Coaching Fayetteville SC (NC); Select Director Charlotte SC (NC); Academy Director Concorde Fire SC (GA); Youth Team Coach Atlanta Silverbacks SC (GA); Owner of Atlanta Spurs (GA); Assistant Director of Coaching GSA (GA); Program Director Savannah United (GA)

David Shuman

Club Administrator

Coach David Shuman is our Club Administrator and will assist the team managers and can be of assistance should any Academy and Select players need help with registration. Contact David at

  • Coaching Experience: 15 years
  • Playing Career: Savannah Sting, CGSA, South Georgia University
  • Coaching Career: CGSA, Savannah United
  • Coaching Credentials: USSF “C” License, USC National Diploma
  • Awards & Championships: Georgia Youth Soccer State Championss 2018, 2020, Georgia Youth Soccer State Finalist 2019; National League Piedmont Champions 2019,2020.
Marlena Cook

Marlena Cook

Administrative Assistant

Marlena Cook is our Administrative Assistant responsible for assisting with recreation registrations. Contact Marlena at