Our Coaching Staff


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)

BI - Puma

Director Of Girls Coaching

Bella Iorio

Nationality : American

Background - Current UNCA Women's Assistant. Previously coached at D2 Barton College, and Concord University. A four year starter at UNCA with youth coaching at HFC & WYSA

Alma Mater - University of Asheville (NCAA D1)

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

Goal Keeper Coach

Dano - HS

Dano Holcomb

Nationality : American

Background - Former collegiate player at UNCA. After graduating, also is a former UNCA GK coach for many years.

Our Team Coaches

JE - Puma

Joao Ehlers

Nationality : Brazilian

Background - Current Montreat Men's Soccer Assistant coach. Growing up in a country where Football is life, Joao played at high youth levels in Brazil & also coached at high youth levels in the US with Columbus Crew Academy.

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.

Will - HS

Will Clark

Nationality : American

Background - Former Collegiate coach at Wofford College and now currently Assistant coach at UNCA with the womens Program. Former local youth coach.

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.


Rapha Duarte

Nationality : Brazilian

Background - Coach Rapha initially joined our staff as an intern. Due to his incredible enthusiasm now works with all NGS players and younger CCL teams.


Taylor Gardner

Nationality : American

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

KM - Puma

Kenzie McDowell

Nationality : American

Background - A four year starter for UNCA Women's Soccer, recently graduated and excited to be coaching our oldest girls teams.

Alma Mater -UNCA  (NAIA)


Matthew Tanner

Nationality : American

Background - Former Collegiate player and University of West Florida and College head coach for Spring Hill Mens Soccer. Tanner has been a coach for ASFC since 2019.

AM - Puma

Andy McNab

Nationality : Scottish

Background - Current UNCA Womens head coach. Andy has experience as a collegiate head coach at many womens programs before starting his role in AVL Summer 2021