STAFF

CLUB DIRECTORS

Carl Dickson

Club Director

Stephen Merriwether

Director of Operations

Josh Jirbandey

Technical Director

Matt Abraham

Youth Program Director

Kevin Lopes

Social Media Director

Kyle Reynish

Director of Goalkeeping

COACHING STAFF

Carl Dickson

B2014 Elite

Stephen Merriwether

 G11 Elite, G13 Elite

Josh Jirbandey

B09 NPL, B12 Elite, B13 Elite 

Matt Abraham

G07 Elite, G08 NPL, G10 NPL 

Kevin Lopes

B06 NPL, B07 NPL, B08 NPL

Aaron Kendrick

B11 Premier, G12 Elite

Richie Lee

B12 Premier, B13, premier

Johnny McBride

B09 Elite , B10 NPL, B11 Elite

Eddie Lopes

B07 Elite, B11 Select

Talita Pereira

G05 NPL, G009 NPL, G10 Elite

Adam Alkaysi

B14, Premier, G12 premier, G09 Elite

Maddie Villela

G13 Premier, G14 Premier

Kyle Reynish

Director of Goalkeeping

Jamie Rose

B15 Pre Elite, G15 Pre Elite, G14 Elite

Juan Ortega

B13 Select, G11 Premier

Sebastian Molter

B14 Select, B12 Select

Brennan Smith

B10 Elite 

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Matt Abraham

Teams Coached: G2007 Elite, G2008 NPL, G2010 NPL

 

Coach Matt is originally from Newton Aycliffe, England, he moved to the U.S in 2014 to pursue a career in coaching. Matt worked for various organizations that offered the opportunity to coach in various areas to develop players of all levels and ages. Over the past 6 years Matt has been heavily involved in Southern California soccer, in the capacity of Director of Coaching for Claremont Stars Soccer Club. Within this role Matt built a consistent club structure, launched a club tournament and helped with transitioning to the SOCAL organization.

 

He has worked in a number of schools, (special education programs) and has a degree in Sport Science as well as USSF and UEFA soccer qualifications.

 

Phone: (310) 415-6989
Email: mabraham@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

 

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Adam Alkaysi

Teams Coached: G2009 Elite, G2012 Premier, B2014 Premier

Adam is from Wales, United Kingdom and is in his 3rd year of coaching soccer in Southern California. Adam attended Bournemouth University in which he was able to represent their soccer team for 2 years whilst also graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Coaching and Development. He continued his playing at a semi-professional level for Tredegar Town (Welsh Division 2) and Swan United FC ( Western Australia 1st Division). After deciding to pursue coaching over his playing career, he began his journey in Wales before moving to Los Angeles in 2019. He has spent the last 3 years at a Westside Soccer club and has gained a reputation of playing a possession-based style with his teams, while implementing a fun-based environment. Adam currently holds a U.S Soccer D license.

 

Phone: (310) 415-6989
Email: aalkaysi@sandandsurfsoccer.com

 

 

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Carl Dickson

Club Director, B2014 Elite

 

Coach Carl, a native of Newry, N. Ireland, is now in his tenth year at Sand & Surf, his fourth as the Director of Coaching. Carl 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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Josh Jirbandey

Teams Coached: B2009 NPL, B2012 Elite, B2013 Elite

 

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, G2012 Elite

Coach Aaron is originally from Bournemouth, England, and is now in his third year at Sand & Surf. 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, alongside his focus on coaching our fundamental-aged teams here at Sand & Surf.

 

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

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Richie Lee

Teams Coached: B2012 Premier, B2013 Premier

 

Coach Richie, a former midfielder from Torrance, CA is currently in his second year at Sand & Surf. Richie 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 on to 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: , B2011 Select, B2007 Elite

 

Coach Eddie is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is now in his third year at Sand & Surf. 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 the 2013 and 2014 J-league seasons.

 

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

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Kevin Lopes

Teams Coached: B2006 NPL, B07 NPL, B2008 NPL

 

Coach Kevin was born and raised in France and is currently in his fourth year with Sand & Surf. Kevin's coaching career began 12 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 the USA at the World Cup which was in October 2016, in Manchester.

 

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

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Johnny McBride

Teams Coached: B2009 Elite , B2010 NPL, B2011 Elite

Coach Johnny was born and raised in Italy and is currently in his second year at Sand & Surf. Johnny played soccer in the professional youth club of his local city, which was competing in the Serie B, and ended up playing for the fourth 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 region/county 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 has been part of the coaching staff who started the project of Juventus Academy Los Angeles and has also been working as a coach at EuroSoccer USA and a street soccer program called MBFC.

 

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

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Stephen Merriwether

Teams Coached: G2011 Elite, G2013 Elite

 

Coach Stephen, a native of Louisiana, is now in his eighth year at Sand & Surf and holds a role as the Operations director. 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. At MCU,The Mariners have won 1 Cal Pac Conference Championship, and have twice qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. 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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Sebastian Molter

Teams Coached: B2014 Select

Coach Sebastian is a Manhattan Beach native and a Sand and Surf alumuni, having played on the boys 1998 team.  He graduated from Mira Costa high school with the class of 2016,  and then attended the University of Miami, majoring in Sports Administration and minoring in International Studies.  While in Miami, Sebastian had internship opportunities with the Miami Heat, FIBA Americas, and the University’s Division 1 women’s soccer program.  After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2020, Sebastian moved back to the Southbay to pursue his passion for soccer.  He played professional Futsal in the American Futsal League with the South Bay Originals Futsal Club, and has taken on the role of Sales and Marketing Coordinator with that organization.Sebastian currently works as a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and a Sales Associate with Stretchlab El Segundo.

 

Phone: (310) 293-0620
Email: smolter@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Juan Ortega

Teams Coached: G2011 Premier, B2013 Select

Juan was born and raised in Hawthorne, CA. He played 5 years of club soccer with Total Futbol Academy and was on the  Leuzunger High School Varsity team for 3 years, During that time he was named the team's Defensive MVP, his Junior & Senior seasons. Juan then went on to play professional Futsal in the American Futsal League with the South Bay Originals Futsal Club and is now the Manager of Youth Development within the organization. He had the pleasure of volunteering as a United Partner, for the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Soccer Team, which is a team that brings together players with & without intellectual disabilities though the power of inclusion. He currently work within the Manhattan Beach USD, at local elementary schools as a Ground Supervisor & After School Enrichment Programs Coach.

 

Phone: (323) 421-0820
Email: jortega@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Talita Pereira

Teams Coached: G2005 NPL, G2009 NPL, G2010 Elite

 

Coach Talita is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is currently in her third year with Sand & Surf. Talita played soccer professionally for several teams in Brazil (Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa), Japan (Hokkaido), and Iceland. She also went on to represent the Brazilian National Team in a tournament in Serbia. Talita attended Franklin Pierce University in the US, where she received a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management. Talita’s coaching philosophy is a product of many different cultural experiences, which she has blended into a unique coaching style. Talita has coached all levels, including college, high school, and club soccer.

 

 

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

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Kyle Reynish

Teams Coached: Director of Goalkeeping

Coach Kyle was born and raised in Valencia California and is in his first year at Sand & Surf. Kyle played college soccer at UCSB where he won the 2006 NCAA National Championship. Kyle then went on to play 10 years in Major League Soccer for Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls, and Atlanta United. During his years of playing professionally, he was the Director of Goalkeeping for the Manhattan Kickers and was a player-coach for the New York Red Bulls, on top of assisting the Goalkeeper coach in the Chicago Fire Academy. After retiring from playing professionally, Kyle returned to the South Bay and was the Goalkeeper Coach for surrounding clubs in the area.

 

Phone: (661) 312-9058
Email: kreynish@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Katharine Rogerson

Teams Coached: G2012 Select

Coach Katharine is a Manhattan Beach native and in her first year as a coach with Sand and Surf Soccer Club. As a club alumna, she is excited that her soccer journey has come full circle to bring her to her first coaching role. She has enjoyed working at Sand and Surf’s camps and development programs. Katharine also played for the Mira Costa High School girls program as well as the Northeastern University Women’s Club program. Katharine is currently pursuing a B.A. in Communications Studies at Loyola Marymount University. This fall will mark her final year, and she is excited to finish off her college education while spending time coaching at the club she calls home. 

 

Phone: (310) 489-0037
Email: krogerson@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Jamie Rose

Teams Coached: G2015 Pre Elite, B2015 Pre Elite, G2014 Elite 

Coach Jamie is originally from Hastings, England, and in his first year at Sand & Surf. Jamie has been coaching soccer for around 11 years in the UK and U.S, subsequently making the decision at 20 years old to come to the U.S. to pursue a career in coaching where he has now resided for seven years. Jamie spent five years at Liverpool FC SoCal, originally know as LA Galaxy Orange country, before coming to Sand and Surf. Jamie has worked predominately in the foundation age groups (7v7 & 9v9) where he has taken flight 3 teams to flight 1. He was also given the role of U8 pre-club academy director. Jamie's aim is to provide a fun but competitive environment to enhance young players technical and tactical abilities.

 

Phone: (949) 763-8185
Email: jrose@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Brennan Smith

Teams Coached: B2010 Elite

Brennan was born and raised in Long Beach, CA before moving and residing in Hawthorne, CA. He attended Mira Costa High School and was part of the Costa soccer program for all four years. After graduating, he attended El Camino College and played for two years before transferring to California State University, Dominguez Hills where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy. He has been an Assistant Varsity soccer coach at Mira Costa since 2014 and has a great passion for the game. Brennan has been involved in Sand & Surf's programs for 2 years and is excited to further his club coaching career. His goals are to build on his education and career in physical therapy/training while progressing his coaching career.

 

Phone: (310) 617-3245
Email: brsmith@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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Maddie Villela

Teams Coached: G2013 Premier, G2014 Premier

Coach Maddie was born and raised in San Pedro, California where she played soccer, softball, and basketball, and is now in her second year at Sand & Surf. Wanting to continue her development in soccer, Maddie spent seven 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 furthering her 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