STAFF

CLUB DIRECTORS

Carl Dickson

Director of Coaching
B10 Elite

Sam Fairhurst

Assistant DOC
G10 Elite, B11 Elite, B/G13

Stephen Merriwether

Director of Operations
G09 Elite, G11 Elite

Dan McCarthy

Camp / Social Media Director
B06 Elite, G07 Elite, B07 Premier

Liam Hall

Youth Development Director
G07 Premier, G08 Elite, B10 Premier

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COACHING STAFF

Matthew Gee

B10/G10 Select, G12 Select

Josh Jirbandey

B09 Elite 1 & 2, B12 Premier

Aaron Kendrick

B11/G11 Premier, G12 Premier

Richie Lee

B10 & B/G13 Elite Asst

Ederson Lopes

B08 Premier, B11 Select

Kevin Lopes

B06 Premier, B07 Ast, B08 Elite

Chris Nbukuba

G10 Premier, B12 Select

Talita Pereira

G05 Elite, G09 Premier/Select

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Carl Dickson

Teams Coached: B2010 Elite

Coach Carl, a native of Newry, N. Ireland, brings a wealth of knowledge with his playing background and education to youth soccer. Carl has developed a curriculum and program that gives players a chance to grow technically & tactically while having a great sporting experience along the way. He believes “You're only as good as your staff” so he makes sure that the coaching staff gets an opportunity to gain experience and education that will help develop their skills. Over the past three years as Director, Carl has helped grow the club program to become a known name within the soccer community. He’s also worked on building recreational programs that now give over a thousand players' exposure to the club. He works closely with a management team and BOD to come up with the best possible strategy for Sand & Surf players, members, and coaches. His goal is to give each and every player, and family, the opportunity to enjoy the sport within a great community culture. Carl holds a BA in Sports Coaching alongside USSF and UEFA qualifications.

 

Phone: (310) 227-5644
Email:  cdickson@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Sam Fairhurst

Teams Coached: G2010 Elite, B2011 Elite, 2013 Training Program

 

Coach Sam is a native of Wigan, England. Sam Played for the Youth Academies of Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic before moving to the US to play in college. Sam played at the University of Rio Grande (OH) and then Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) where he was named an All-American. Sam has been coaching for 9 years and has experience coaching College, Professional Academy, High School, Club Soccer and Rec Soccer.

 

Phone: (740) 339-3497
Email:  sfairhurst@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

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Stephen Merriwether

Teams Coached: G2009 Elite, G2011 Elite

 

Coach Stephen is a former Division 2 college goalkeeper at Cal State Los Angeles, where he was an assistant coach for 4 years. He helped Cal State LA to a 41-11-10 record and three NCAA tournament appearances during his college career, winning a Far West Regional Championship in 2014. Currently Stephen is at Marymount California University as an Assistant Coach. Stephen holds an "A" License through US Soccer (US Soccer’s highest coaching credential) as well as a USSF Goalkeeper Diploma.

 

Phone: (310) 251-3199
Email: smerriwether@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

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Dan McCarthy

Teams Coached: B2006 Elite, G2007 Elite, B2007 Premier

 

Coach Dan comes from London, England where he has various playing experience with professional academies, such as Arsenal, Charlton Athletic and more recently Chelsea FC, alongside a semi-professional career. Dan then moved to the U.S. to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Through that period, he captained West Alabama his freshman and sophomore year, before transferring to Marymount California University, where he won the conference 2 years in a row and played in the National Tournament. Dan recently assisted on the LA Harbor Junior College mens team and also currently coaches the freshman team at Loyola High School in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Phone: (424) 558-9087
Emaildmccarthy@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Liam Hall

Teams Coached: G2007 Premier, G2008 Elite, B2010 Premier

 

Coach Liam, born and raised in Fresno, CA, played college soccer for Fresno City and Cal Poly Pomona. As soon as his playing career was over, Liam immediately began coaching back home in Fresno. After 3 years coaching high school, college, and travel soccer in Fresno, Liam moved to Los Angeles to further his coaching career. Along with leading multiple Sand & Surf teams, Liam is currently on the coaching staff at YULA High School and acts as UK International's Program Manager in Santa Monica (AYSO Region 20).

 

Phone: (559) 917-1968
Email: lhall@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

 

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Matthew Gee

Teams Coached: B210 Select, G2010 Select, G2012 Select

 

Coach Matt grew up in Edina, Minnesota where he played soccer, football and was captain of the chess team. While he had opportunities to play collegiate soccer he decided to kick for the St. John's University football team in Collegeville, Minnesota where he double majored in Peace Studies and Philosophy. He started coaching in his hometown around 10 years ago, and went on to coach at the club level in Minnesota before moving to California. He is also excited about moving his company called Exercise in Compassion LLC (which teaches an imagination-based soccer, yoga and mindfulness at preschools) to the South Bay.

 

Phone: (952) 220-2272
Email: mgee@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

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Kayde Hensley

Teams Coached: G2004 Elite

 

Coach Kayde grew up in San Diego, where she played club soccer for San Diego Surf and the ODP program. She then played Division 1 soccer on a full scholarship at UC Riverside, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Sports Journalism. Kayde was also the Big West Conference Player of the year; a member of the Olympic Development Program, and has experience of playing internationally in Germany and Sweden. 

 

Phone: (760) 525-9260
Emailkhensley@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Josh Jirbandey

Teams Coached: B2009 Elite I, B2009 Elite II, B2012 Premier

 

Coach Josh originally from Hastings, England, is entering his 5th year of coaching club soccer in the South Bay area. Upon leaving Peterborough, Josh had the opportunity to try out at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and spent several weeks training alongside German World Cup hero Mario Gotze. Josh then returned to play Semi-Pro at his hometown club Hastings United where they would achieve a famous FA Cup run before losing out to English Championship side Middlesbrough in the 3rd round. Josh then came to California to earn a degree in Business Management at Marymount University, after completing his AA degree at Lake Tahoe College.

 

Phone: (424) 210-1313
Emailjjirbandey@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Aaron Kendrick

Teams Coached: B2011 Premier, G2011 Premier, G2012 Premier

 

Coach Aaron is originally from Bournemouth, England. Aaron has been in the United States since 2015, and involved in coaching the game since 2010. Aaron's playing experience includes representing his state team, and playing for Portsmouth academy. Aaron is also currently the head coach of Marlborough's Middle School soccer team.

 

Phone: (323) 492-2631
Emailakendrick@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Richie Lee

Teams Coached: B2010 Elite & 2013 Training Program Assistant

 

Coach Richie, a former midfielder from Torrance, CA was an All-Pioneer league First team honoree in his final two seasons as well as All-CIF section selection his junior and senior years at South Torrance High. Richie was a 4 year varsity member and ODP Regional team member in 2013 and 2014. Richie went onto play at the University of the Pacific in the WCC and transferred after his Sophomore season to UNC Asheville, playing in the Big South. This past year, Richie has been coaching locally at his alma mater high school managing the Frosh/Soph team and also working at TOCA specializing in 1 on 1 lessons.

 

Phone: (310) 738-1431
Email: rlee@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Ederson Lopes

Teams Coached: B2008 Premier, B2011 Select

 

Coach Eddie is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a youth player in Brazil, Eddie played for both Corinthians S.C and S.E Palmeiras' prestigious academies. Eddie then attended the University of Rio Grande in Ohio, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. After graduation, Eddie played professional soccer as an attacking midfielder in Japan for Thespakusatsu in 2013 and 2014 J-league seasons.

 

Phone: (860) 597-0909
Email: elopes@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Kevin Lopes

Teams Coached: B2006 Premier, B07 Elite Asst, B2008 Elite

 

Coach Kevin was born and raised in France, his coaching career began 10 years ago with his former Club Annecy FC, where he also used to play as a semi professional player (CFA2). Kevin moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago to study at Santa Monica college and had the chance to practice with the LA Galaxy before his previous US visa had ended. Kevin is a motivated student of the global game and has developed a strong reputation among players, parents, and his peers as a committed and talented developer of youth talent. His coaching program is based on possession-based soccer development with a French emphasis. Kevin also now play as a Street Soccer player and Member of “Bola”, the first US street Soccer team to represent USA at the WorldCup which was in October 2016, in Manchester.

 

Phone: (310) 962-0957
Email: klopes@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Chris Ndukuba

Teams Coached: G2010 Premier, B2012 Select

 

Coach Chris has vast experience through the development pyramid in US youth soccer from coaching AYSO All-Star development programs, to coaching multiple teams at Sand & Surf, as well as leading the Mira Costa High School JV boys and assisting with Marymount California University. Chris played full-time academy soccer in England, before playing part and full time semi-professional.

 

Phone: (310) 913-1408
Email: cndukuba@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

 

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Johnny McBride

Teams Coached: B2009 Premier

Coach Johnny was born and raised in Italy, where he played soccer in the professional youth club of his local city, which was competing in the Serie B, and  ended up playing for the 4th division in Italy, which is considered a semi professional league. Johnny was also selected multiple times to play for the Regional team, which combines the best players of each regions/counties in Italy and competes in a summer tournament against all the other regions. With having double citizenship since birth, Johnny decided to move to L.A. to try new experiences and look for a different future. Johnny been part of the coaching staff who started the project of Juventus Academy Los Angeles, and has also been working as coach at EuroSoccer USA and a street soccer program called MBFC.

 

Phone: (818) 558-5039
Emailjmcbride@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Talita Pereira

Teams Coached: G2005 Elite, G2009 Premier, G2009 Select

 

Coach Talita is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has played professional soccer in Japan for Hokkaido and in Iceland for Bolungarvik. Talita attended Franklin Pierce University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management.

 

Phone: (603) 554-0198
Emailtpereira@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Ben Thomas

Teams Coached: B2007 Elite

 

Coach Ben developed a deep passion for soccer over many years of playing and coaching. His playing career involved various youth teams in England, including representing Oxford United and Oxford City football clubs.  This led to a semi-pro soccer career that lasted 15 years in England’s lower leagues, primarily representing clubs in Southern England. Ben began coaching 8 years ago for the Oxford United Youth Academy and also served as its head of education.  He arrived in the U.S in 2015 and now also coaches at Windward High School in Mar Vista.

 

Phone: (310) 753-1820
Email: bthomas@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Maddie Villela

Teams Coached: G2010 Elite Assistant 

 

Coach Maddie was born and raised in San Pedro, California where she played soccer, softball and basketball. Wanting to continue her development in soccer, Maddie spent 7 years playing at FRAM Soccer Club. Maddie is currently a third-year student pursuing a business management and marketing career at Marymount California University, whilst captaining the women’s soccer team. As a starting freshman, Maddie was awarded Second Team Cal Pac Conference, also recently winning the Cal Pac Conference title. Maddie has been working with Sand and Surf for the past two years for the winter and summer camps, Maddie is very much looking forward to further my coaching career with Sand and Surf.

 

Phone: (310) 707-7976
Email: mvillela@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

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CONTACT:
1601 N Sepulveda Blvd #242
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
Club Director - Carl DIckson
cdickson@sandandsurfsoccer.com