Coaches

Chad Metzler, Executive Director

Chad holds his USSF D License. Chad grew up in Ohio playing premier level soccer for the highly successful Cleveland United Club, as well as spending summers in England where he participated with several professional academies. Chad was recruited to play collegiate soccer at Davidson College (NCAA Division I), where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art, as well as a minor in Bio-Chemistry. Chad joined the Peace Corps, serving two years, in the Republic of Vanauatu in the South Pacific. Chad returned to North Carolina in 2001. 

Prior to LNSC Chad was coaching for North Meck Soccer Club from 2001 - 2008 coaching various NCYSA teams at both the Premier and 1st Division level where he won a USYS Presidents Cup, as well as appearing in the Region III Presidents Cup Semi-Final.  In 2008, Chad helped establish the LNSC Eclipse program, which has at least 1 State Semi-Finalist every year since its inception. Since then he has coached teams that have made several final four appearances in the state cup, as well as several State Runners-Up. Chad has won the NCYSA Premier league 4x, and was promoted to Region III Premier League 2x. Chad has overseen the sending of LNSC teams to some of the top tournaments in the World, including a Dana Cup (Denmark) Championship in 2009, 2013, and 2015. Chad has also coached the girls' soccer program at Davidson Day School where he won 3 consecutive Private/1A State Championships. 

Scott Flowers, Director of Soccer Operations

Coach Flowers joins us with a USSF National B License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.  He is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor Arts in Anthropology.  He also holds his US Youth Soccer National Youth License along with his NSCAA Level I and II Goalkeeping Diploma/High School Diploma.  He brings a variety of club experience including working with Trussville United Soccer Club, AL-Executive Director/Director of Coaching (’10-15); Birmingham United, AL (07-10); Germantown Fury, TN (‘04-06); and High Country Soccer Association, CO (01-03).  Not only has Coach Flowers worked at the club level, he has a long history at the high school level as well:  Mountain Brook High (AL) Head Women’s Coach (‘07-15); Christian Brothers High (TN) Assistant Men’s Coach (‘04-06); Summit High School (CO) Assistant Men’s Coach (’01-03).  He has also worked as an Alabama Girls' ODP Staff Coach 2000/02 and as a US Soccer Junior Staff Coach-Alabama.  Other awards and recognitions include AL High School Women’s Coach of the Year (‘08/’13); HS State Champions-Women’s 6A (‘08/’13); HS State Runners-Up (’14); and NSCAA HS Nationally Ranked (13th in ’08, 15th in ’13).

Stephen Chaconas, Director of Coaching Force & Education

Stephen holds his USSF Senior A License, USSF B License, USSF C License, USSF D License, & USYS Youth National License.  As a youth, Stephen spent several summers traveling to Scotland, England, and Wales to play at some of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the world in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and Cardiff. A four-year letter winner and Co-Captain at Guilford College, Stephen's certifications include USAW Olympic Weightlifting, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and USA Track & Field Level I. He graduated from Guilford College in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Sports Medicine, with a concentration in Sports Management. Stephen has playing experience at youth college, PDL, and semi-professional levels in the US.

Stephen was most recently at North Meck Soccer Club where he was the Assistant Girls Director of Coaching. In his 12 months at NMSC he captured 3 State Cup runner-up trophies, as well as trophies at Disney Soccer Showcase, Ultimate Cup, and Annandale Premier Soccer Showcase. Prior to North Meck Stephen was the Assistant Director of Classic Soccer and Director of CASL F.I.T (Fitness Integrated Training) at Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) in Raleigh, NC. Stephen has coached 13 NCYSA State Final Four qualifying teams, 3 of which have gone on to become NCYSA State Cup Runners-Up, and 3 of which have won NCYSA State Championships (2 NCYSA State Cup Championships & 1 NCYSA Presidents Cup Championship). His coaching background has seen him serve as the Assistant Coach at Guilford College (NCAA Division III) as well as Assistant Coach for the W-League Carolina Railhawks. Tournament success has come at all levels including Disney Junior & Senior Showcase, CASL Junior & Senior Showcase, Atlanta Cup, WAGS, and Jefferson Cup. In 14 years coaching, Stephen has placed over 110 athletes in collegiate soccer programs and had 3 former players called into Youth National Teams.

Kate Hammes, Director of Coaching Eclipse & Camps

Kate holds her Costa Rica Soccer Federation A License, NSCAA National Advanced Diploma, Women's Football Specialization License from FIFA, as well as a FIFA/CIES Sports Management Degree. Kate spent her formal education years in Costa Rica at the University of Costa Rica studying Physical Education. Kate has an international background in soccer as she signed with a pro club in Argentina when she was 15, CA Independiente. From Argentina, she went on to play in Costa Rica where she was a 3 time National Champion. In Costa Rica, she went on to coach at every level including spending time with the Costa Rican National Team. In 2014, she went back to Costa Rica to work with FIFA at the U17 Women's World Cup & had the pleasure of being partnered with the Nigerian U17 National Team. 

Coach Hammes comes to us most recently from Omaha FC in Nebraska. There she started as an age group coordinator with the 98/99 age group at U11. She has also coached the top teams in the 99/00 & 97/98 age groups. In the last 4 years, she has earned 5 State Cup Championships and developed several Region II ODP Players. Her teams have played in the Midwest Regional League, at the highest level possible, Premier 1. Her 97/98 team qualified & competed in the USYS National League. She has been instrumental in finding a college home for nearly 50 players, both international and domestic at various NCAA levels.  

Adam Tipper, Assistant Director of Coaching - Eclipse

Adam comes to LNSC from Birmingham England. He holds his FA (England) Badge Level 1 & 2, FA Level 1 & 2 Goalkeeping Certification, and completion of the A1 Assessors Licence. Adam played for Sutton Coldfield College while obtaining his licenses. Upon completion of College, Adam went to The University of Derby and earned a degree in Sports Coaching. Alongside this, he coached for Derby County FC. On completion of his studies, he became a scout for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and was the manager of the Community Fusion Program, which became a development center for the Wolves developmental program, in addition to setting up his own goalkeeping school. Adam brings former professional playing experience from Buxton F.C, Sutton United F.C and Saltley Stallions F.C.

Prior to joining LNSC Adam was most recently at Impact FC in Statesville, NC where he coached various teams at all age groups. His most recent success was winning the 2015 USYS Presidents State Cup with his U16 girl's team and having the team represent North Carolina in Texas at regionals.  He has previously worked in the United States assessing and mentoring coaches in New Jersey for Premier Skill. Adam also served as a West Ham United FC International Scout & Coach where his role was to observe players to potentially send back to the UK for trials.

Phil Dobbing, Director of Youth Academy

Phil comes to LNSC from Sunderland, England. After many years playing youth soccer in the UK, he came to the US (2009) to play at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, competing in the NJCAA. He then transferred to Bellevue University (2011) in the NAIA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Sport Coaching (2014). Most recently, whilst serving as an Assistant Coach at Avila University in the NAIA, Phil obtained his Master of Science degree in Organization Development with an emphasis in Leadership Coaching (2017).
 
Over the past eight years, Phil has spent time playing and coaching all over the US in Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE and spent substantial time in San Jose, CA coaching and serving as Marketing Manager for the PSA Royals Academy, as well as coaching at the San Jose Earthquakes Pre-Academy. He was also the Director of Operations at US Sports Coaching in San Jose, CA.

Phil has a plethora of coaching qualifications and licenses from both the UK, and the US, such as the USSF National ‘C’ License (2015), NSCAA Advanced National Diploma: Pass with Distinction (2017), NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2 (2014), and F.A Level 1 & 2 (2007).

Here at LNSC, Phil will oversee the day to day operations of both the boys and girls in the Youth Academy (U9-U12), be responsible for creating the curriculum and overseeing the development of our young athletes to make sure they are fully equipped for their next phase of development with either our Force or Eclipse programs. 

Barry Slagle, Asst Director of Coaching - Force

Barry Slagle is joining Lake Norman Soccer Club after 12 years of college coaching at the NCAA Divisions I and II.  Barry grew in the Davidson area and played soccer for North Meck Soccer Club and North Mecklenburg High School.  Barry went on to play 4 years of college soccer at Sewanee; The University of the South and over the summers played two seasons for CASL's PDL team.  Barry began his coaching career immediately after college with stints at Appalachian State, Colorado School of Mines (men and women), Wofford College, Newberry College, and most recently Hartwick College in upstate New York.  While coaching at the collegiate level Barry has also held youth soccer coaching positions with Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), High Country Football Club, Real Colorado, Carolina Football Club, South Carolina Olympic Development Program, and Newberry County Recreation Department.  In addition to his collegiate and youth coaching experience Barry Slagle has also coached High School soccer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Over the summers Barry has worked all over the country at various College ID and elite team camps with a particular focus serving as a key staff with Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy.    
 
Barry has a passion for learning, teaching, and building relationships with people.  Barry's accolades include coaching and recruiting all america, academic all america, all region, academic all region, conference players of the year, conference freshman of the year, players drafted by the MLS and USL, team academic awards, conference championships, and an NCAA berth with Wofford College in 2009.  Off the field Barry enjoys listening to podcasts, watching Liverpool F.C., watching Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, reading, and competing in any type of game.  Barry is most proud of marrying Aimee Slagle in 2014 and raising their daughter Clara, born in 2015

Fil Wilkinson, Asst Director of Operations

“My name is Fil Wilkinson and I currently hold numerous coaching licenses wicj include. NSCAA Director of coaching, NSCAA Youth 1,2,3,4,5,6 Diplomas, FA Level 1 and 2 NSCAA Goal keeper 1 and 2 diplomas. NSCAA Futsal, USSF GK, Youth 1,2 and 3. USSF F,E,D 7v7 and 9v9. Coerver Youth 1 Diploma.
 
I started my Coaching Career in 2003 in England by leading my College teams training sessions and organization of game schedules. I lead Durham New college in goals in my first year with 22 and leading them to their first league championship. I Became captain in my third year as well as being leading scorer for all three years.
 
I have worked with MLS Camps in 2005 for 7 months as a DOC in Milford, CT. Since 2009 I have been working with SISA here in Mooresville, first as trainer and then in 2011 i was honored to lead their program as their first DOC until the spring of 2018.
 
I also coached Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, from August 2015 - June 2017 as their GK coach.

Stephen Sweeney, Assistanct Director of Coaching - Boys Academy

Stephen comes to LNSC from Cheshire, England. He holds both the FA level I and II Licenses, the FA Youth License, and has gained his USSF E license.

Stephen played for Priestley College Centre of Excellence before attending Edge Hill University in Liverpool, England. There, Stephen earned his degree in Sports Coaching and Participation Development as well as being a member of the University 1st team. Alongside gaining his degree, Stephen coached for Manchester City's Academy system and their City in the Community program. On completion of his studies, Stephen moved to the US in 2012 where he became the Academy director for Old Dominion Football Club in Northern Virginia and spent four years with ODFC. 
Prior to joining LNSC Stephen was most recently at NCUSA in Lexington, NC where he coached various teams at all age groups.

Jimena Rojas Cordero, Director of Sports Performance
Jimena has an ‘A’ license from both the German Soccer Federation & the Costa Rican Soccer Federation. She also has an ‘A’ License in Fitness Training from the Costa Rican Soccer Federation. She has a Masters Degree from with an emphasis in Coaching Soccer from the International University of Latin American Integration in Nicaragua. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from the University of Costa Rica. She also has an Associate Degree in Sports Management from FIFA/CIES. She spent 6 months at the University of Leipzig in Germany specializing in Women’s Soccer & spent another 3 months at the International Olympic Center in Spain specializing in training Elite Athletes. 
Jimena came to LNSC after acting as the Asst Coach & Fitness Coach for the Universidad de Costa Rica Men’s 1st Division Professional Team for 3 seasons. Before this, she spent 3 years as a Sports Performance Analyst & Biomechanics Specialist for the Costa Rican Olympic Committee in which she supervised 10 different sports & traveled with the National Teams to Official Olympic competitions. She coached a 1st Division Women’s Professional team in Costa Rica which was Arenal. In 2012, she was employed by FIFA & the LOC (local organizing committee) for the U17 Women’s World Cup 2014, tasked to find & develop the talent to represent Costa Rica as the host country in their participation in the World Cup. She found all of the players that eventually made the U17 Costa Rican National Team. As a player, Jimena represented Costa Rica as a youth player in the U19 squad & then got her caps on the full Costa Rican National Team. She played for several different clubs throughout her career with 3 National Titles to claim.
Jason Strange, Director of Goalkeeping & Asst. Director of Operations

Coach Strange holds a USSF B license as well as a NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma. Jason played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I National Championship team. Jason graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Sports Science, with a concentration in Sports Administration.  

Most recently, Jason was a Director of Coaching for FC Carolina Alliance in Concord NC where he oversaw the club goalkeeping program as well as coaching various teams. Prior to joining FCCA, Jason was the Director of Goalkeeping for Greensboro United Soccer Association in Greensboro, NC while also serving as Assistant Coach & Goalkeeper coach for Greensboro College (NCAA Division III), and Catawba College (NCAA Division II). Coach Strange is currently an Assistant Coach in charge of the Davidson College Goalkeepers (NCAA Division I). Jason has also served as a coach and trainer for NC ODP, and US Market Training Centers. 

 

Erik Turnblom, Director of Tournaments/Marketing

Coach Erik Turnblom joins LNSC after moving back from London, England where he was the head coach of Camden Town FC, American School London and a staff coach for Arsenal Soccer Schools.  He also managed clinics and consulted high school players looking to get recruited to American Universities.  Previous to moving to London, Erik was the Assistant Coach at the Queens University of Charlotte where he helped the Royals to their first top 25 NCAA national ranking in school history.  Erik also created and managed the first ever Developmental Program at Queens, giving young players more opportunity to play college soccer.  Before Queens, Erik was the assistant coach at Wofford College for three seasons.  Erik has coached for both SC and NC ODP as well.  He played collegiate soccer at Elon University for one year before transferring to UNC.  At UNC he played club soccer for the UNC Heels, making it to the national semi-finals in 2005.  The two seasons following, Erik was selected as Captain and President, leading the Heels to a regional championship and two national tournaments.  Erik played for UNC varsity for one season.  A native to the Charlotte area, Erik lives in Cornelius with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Riley. Erik possesses his NSCAA National Diploma and FA Level 2 licenses. 

Brad Bagan, Director of Marketing /Assistant Director of Goalkeeping

A native of Charlotte, Bagan grew up playing top level soccer for Charlotte United and Charlotte Soccer Club, and has always called the greater Charlotte area home. Bagan graduated from Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 2008, with a degree in Mass Media Communications & Public Relations. He began his coaching career in Wilmington, North Carolina as an Assistant Coach for Laney High Schools Varsity Girls program in the spring of 2009. In 2010 Bagan returned to the sideline as an Assistant Coach for Greensboro Day School. In the fall of 2011, Bagan joined Greensboro College as an Assistant Coach for Men’s Soccer. He was responsible for working with the team's goalkeepers, playing a pivotal role in cutting the teams goals against almost in half, in his first season with the Pride. In 2012, Bagan was an Assistant with Salem College Women’s Soccer. He helped them win the programs first Great South Conference Regular Season Championship. In 2015-16, Bagan joined UNCG Men’s Soccer as an Assistant Coach. Additionally, over the last 10 years Bagan has held many club coaching roles for some of the largest clubs in North Carolina, and worked on the boy’s side of NCYSA ODP from 2011-2016. For the past two years Bagan has been working in the business world, in a professional sales role for Polymershapes LLC., the largest distributor of raw material plastics in North America. Bagan has held a USSF “C” License since 2013, and has plans to begin his USSF “B” License in the coming year.

Kenny Bonilla, Admin Asst

Played club soccer for the FCCA, Lake Norman Soccer club, and North Meck Academy from U13-U18. 4 year varsity starter at Salisbury High School (Salisbury, NC) earning All-Academic all 4 years, All-Conference all 4 years and conference player of the year in 2011, All Region 3 years, All State in 2011, and won the state championship in 2011, he also got a chance to represent NC in the NCvsSC match and the west in the East vs West game. Kenneth played and graduated from Catawba College where he majored in Sports Management. While playing at Catawba College, Kenneth was a 4 year starter, starting 58 out of 59 matches, scoring 20 goals and assisting 10 times in those matches. Earned HM All-Sac 2013 and 2015, NCCSIA All-State in 2013, and NSCAA All-Region player in 2015. 2 year. Kenneth holds an E coaching License.

 

Bobby Cardelle, Admin Asst

Bobby played club soccer for FCCA from U11-U18. Was a 3-year varsity starter at Salisbury High School earning All-Conference honors all 3 years, Conference player of the year in 2013, and All Region and All State in 2012 and 2013. Won the State Championship in 2011 and 2013, was the 2013 State Championship MVP. Scored 105 career high school goals, and represented NC in the NC vs. SC All Star match. Bobby attended and graduated from Catawba College where he majored in Sports Management with a minor in Athletic Coaching. Played soccer for 4 years at Catawba College. Has experience coaching with the Catawba Youth Academy as a head coach and with the Salisbury High School women’s team as an assistant coach

Matt Bice, Staff Coach

Matt holds his USSF D license. He has been with SISA (LNSC Affiliate) for 10 years and LNSC for 6 years. Matt previously coached at IFC for 4 years. Matt has been a Director of Coaching for the LNSC United program in coordination with SISA, as well as serving on the SISA Board of Directors for the past 10 years. Matt also serves as the Head Coach at Lake Norman High School. 

Nick Brown, Staff Coach

Nick played at Catawba College from 2001-2004 and was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Catawba. Currently, Nick is the women's assistant coach at Catawba College and has been for the past three seasons. He is also the head girls varsity coach at Lake Norman High School. Before joining Lake Norman, Nick was with FCCA for 6 years where he coached U9- U11 boys and U17-U18 girls. He has coached numerous players who have gone on to play DI, DII and DIII soccer. He is also coaching the West Rowan High School girls soccer team where his accolades there include being named conference coach of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This past year Nick was named North Carolina 3A State Coach of the year.

 

Brenda Cress has been associated with LNSC and SISA for 20+ years in various roles.  Brenda has numerous youth coaching lisences and is a certified referee.  She loves to teach skills and watch her players continue throughout the ranks of soccer. Brenda rejoined LNSC in 2017 and is loving being a part of the academy program.

Adam Denton, Staff Coach

Adam Denton holds a USSF National "A", NSCAA Premier Diploma, and UEFA "B" License.  Denton has held director of coaching positions with various age groups over the last 10 years.  While at Charlotte Soccer Club and Charlotte Soccer Academy, he coached eight different teams to a total of 11 USYS State Championships.  Denton has also led his teams to regional competitions, ECNL conference championships, numerous tournament victories including WAGS, Jefferson Cup, and the Disney Soccer Showcase.  Denton has coached well over 150 female players that have gone on to play at the collegiate soccer level.  Denton is a member of the USYS Region III ODP and NC ODP coaching staff.

 

Adam is a native of Liverpool, England, and was a young professional player with Everton Football Club (1995-1997).  Denton spent four years playing at Wingate University.  While at Wingate (1997-2001), Denton received SAC Freshman of the Year, All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American Honors.

Ryan Luttrell, Staff Coach

Ryan holds his USSF F License and NSCAA Diploma. He has most recently been working for Roanoke Star in Roanoke, VA coaching classic level teams in multiple ages. Ryan graduated from Virginia Tech University with his degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Ryan played his high school soccer at Riverbend High School and was a Region 2nd team selection, and State team Honorable Mention. He has played for the Fredericksburg Gunners U-20 Team, as well as the Fredericksburg USL PDL Reserve Team. 

Cleve Pechuekonis, Staff Coach

Cleve holds a USSF D license, as well as being a USSF certified referee.  He has previously served as a South Iredell Soccer Association (SISA) board member for the past five years.  Cleve played through high school at Coconut Creek High School in Florida.  He has over twenty years of coaching experience including four years coaching with the US Navy Morale, Welfare & Recreation department in Bremerton, WA, four years with the Central Kisap Soccer Club in Silverdale, WA, one year with the Valley Youth Soccer League in Fresno, CA, three years with the Colorado Elite Soccer Club in Castle Rock, CO,  and one year with the SISA in Mooresville, NC. Cleve has served on the LNSC staff for the past four years in both the Academy & Junior Eclipse programs.

Randall McClure, Staff Coach

Randy McClure is the current Assistant Women's Soccer Coach and Head Women's Reserve Coach at Catawba College. He came to Catawba from Port St. John United Soccer Club (FL) where he served as Director of Coaching & Player Development and coached the team's U19 Girls, which won the Florida President's Cup in 2017. Previously, McClure served as Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Pfeiffer University from 2015-2016.

McClure has an extensive coaching resume, and he holds the highest credentials from several coaching organizations. He will complete in September the United States Soccer Federation A License, holds the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Premier Diploma, and has earned the United States Youth Soccer National Youth License. He has been coaching for more than 20 years at the high school and youth level. He has also served on the Olympic Development Program staff in Minnesota.

McClure was named the 2009 Lee County Athletic Conference Coach of the Year while at South Fort Myers High School (FL) when he led the Wolfpack Boys Varsity team to its first ever conference title. He has also led several successful club teams in Florida.