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.
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.
Coaching Experience: 25+ years
Professional Playing Career: Torquay Utd, Yeovil Town
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
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 k.gunn@SavannahUnited.com
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
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 j.storey-pitts@SavannahUnited.com
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
Coach Paul Smith is our School of Excellence Director (Pre-Academy) and is also the Recreational Director in charge of our 9U – 14U non-tryout based players. Contact Paul at p.smith@SavannahUnited.com
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)
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 d.shuman@SavannahUnited.com.
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.
Vanessa Asterman is our Administrative Assistant responsible for assisting with recreation registrations. Contact Vanessa at email@example.com.