Our Coaching Staff

EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF PASSIONATE COACHES & THE PERFECT ROLE MODELS FOR OUR PLAYERS.

Shield believes that the culture of a club runs from the top down. For this reason, we have assembled a first rate coaching team that exemplifies quality and excellence in all they do.

Our Program Directors

NW - Puma Coach Pic

Director Of Coaching

Nathan Watt

Nationality : English

Background - Shield's longest serving coach has a wealth of playing & coaching experience from; England, US & Australia. A current Asheville City Player. Nathan has coached across every Shield team & is proud to be able to name every player in the club!

Alma Mater - Lees McRae College (NCAA D2)

Stu - HS

Director Of Development

Stuart Jacob

Nationality : English

Background - UEFA licensed coach and former 9 year Crystal Palace FC Academy Coach. Also is currently Asheville city academy coach

Competitive Team Coaches

BP - Puma

Bas Pouls

Nationality : Dutch

Background - A four year starter for Montreat Men's Soccer and graduate. Coach Bas has worked with mulitple Shield teams as well as next gen program.

RD - Puma

Rafael Dinca

Nationality : Portugese

Background - Recent Montreat Men's Soccer captain and graduate. Coach Dinca joined our staff in 2020 as an intern before progressing to become a regular Shield Coach.

TD - HS

Travis Dixon

Nationality : American

Background - Played collegiately as goal keeper as well as some experience playing internationally for Virgin Islands. Majority of coaching experience coming from time spent in VI.

COMING SOON COACH

George Tasedan

Nationality : Romanian

Background - Holds a USSF A License and is a former director of coaching at twin city soccer club. Having played his entire life, coach also has over 30 years worth of coaching experience.

Next Gen Team Coaches

EK - HS

Ethan Kavanaragh

Nationality : American

Background - Played collegiately as goal keeper as well as some experience within the professional and international level.

ME - HS

Myles Edmondson

Nationality : English

Background - Played at high academy & youth professional levels in England before moving to UNCA mens soccer team. Myles is keen to gain more coaching licences while working with in Next gen.

TG - HS

Taylor Gardner

Nationality : American

Background - Current UNCA Women's soccer star. Alongside her studies and personal development, works with our Next Gen players

Goal Keeper Coach

Dano - HS

Dano Holcomb

Nationality : American

Background - Former collegiate player at UNCA. After graduating, has spent 14 years within D1 Soccer coaching & 19 years within youth coaching at club & ODP level. Holds USSF C License & NSCAA GK Diploma

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