Native of Greenville, S.C. ... attended Covenant College and Furman University(1980-1984) where he played for both ... 3 year letterman at Furman ... Director of Sales and Marketing for Soccer Services Inc.- Tallahassee, Fla. from 1985 until 1987 ... opened Near Post Soccer and Fitness Pro Shops, Inc. in Greenville, S.C. in 1987 ... opened Orlando location in 1992 ... opened Augusta, Ga. location in 1994 ... opened Knoxville, Tenn. in 1996 ... co-founded Southern Select Soccer Academy with Van Taylor (Lander University) in 1992 ... sold and closed Near Post stores in 1998 ... founded Near Post Soccer Training Centers in 1998, a soccer camp company which held residential academies (Jekyll Island, Oglethorpe Univ., and Darlington School in Rome, Ga.) and conducted community camps and clinics throughout the southeast ... in Sept. of 2000 accepted the position of Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Rome YMCA Arsenal Soccer Club, during his tenure instituted paid trainers for all teams, recruited, trained, and evaluated all rec and select coaches, and began developing a player development curriculum ... in 2002 became the Executive Director/Director of Coaching for the Middle Georgia Soccer Association in Macon, Ga. and as the only full-time employee oversaw all aspects of both rec and select programs of the day to day to day operations of the 1,000+ member club until Dec. of 2004 when he began Near Post Soccer Services.
USSF "B" Coaching License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association ODP State Staff (1991- 1997)
Georgia State Soccer Instructor Staff (2000- Present)
TOURNAMENT/ LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
1988-1993 - Founded and Directed the Fall for Greenville Youth Soccer Classic
1988- Present - Started and Directed Summer Six-a-Side League for Adults
1992 - Served on Bid Committee for SCYSA which brought USYSA Region III Tournament to Greenville
Spring 2000 - Directed Jekyll Island High School Tournament (36 teams from 4 states)
Fall 2000 - Directed Jekyll Island High School Tournament (16 teams from 4 states)
2000-2001 - Asst. Director Fall Finale Youth Soccer Tournament - Rome, Ga.
Spring 2001 - Directed Southeastern High School Shootout - Chattanooga, Tn. (32 teams from 5 states)
2002 - 2004 - Founded and Directed Middle Ga. Youth Soccer Classic - Macon, Ga. (grew to 118 teams)
Spring 2003 - Founded and Directed College 7-a-Side Challenge - Macon, Ga.