STAFF

CLUB DIRECTORS

Carl Dickson

Director of Coaching

Sam Fairhurst

Assistant DOC

Stephen Merriwether

Director of Operations

Dan McCarthy

Co - Program Director

Liam Hall

Co - Program Director

Kevin Lopes

Social Media Director

Kyle Reynish

Director of Goalkeeping

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COACHING STAFF

Carl Dickson

B10 Elite

Dan McCarthy

B006 Elite, G07 Elite, B07 Premier

Stephen Merriwether

 G11 Elite, G13 Elite

Sam Fairhurst

G10 Elite, B11 Eite

Liam Hall

G07 Premier, G08 Elite, B10 Elite 

Josh Jirbandey

B09 Elite 1, B12 Elite, B13 Premier

Aaron Kendrick

B11/G11 Premier, G12 Elite

Richie Lee

B12 Premier, B13 Select

Ederson Lopes

B08 Premier, B11 Select

Kevin Lopes

B06 Premier, B07 Ast, B08 Elite

Johnny McBride

B09 Elite 2, G09 Premier, B14 Training

Talita Pereira

G05 Elite, G009 Elite, G10 Premier

Kyle Reynish

Director of Goalkeeping

Emily Doherty

G11 Elite Assistant

Ronaldo Teixeira

B06 Elite Asst, B10 Premier Asst, G12 Select

Jamie Rose

G10/B10 Select, G12 Premier

Ben Thomas

B07 Elite

Maddie Villela

G13 Select, G14 Training

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Carl Dickson

Teams Coached: B2010 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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Sam Fairhurst

Teams Coached: G2010 Elite, B2011 Elite

 

Coach Sam is a native of Wigan, England. Sam is now in his fifth year at Sand & Surf and holds a role as the Assistant Director. 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. Sam is also the assistant coach to DOC Carl Dickson at Marlborough high school, on the girls Varsity team.

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

 

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Stephen Merriwether

Teams Coached: G2011 Elite, G2013 Premier

 

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. 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, and is currently in his fifth year at Sand & Surf, where he holds a role as the Social Media and Camp Director. Dan has various playing experiences with professional academies, such as Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, and most 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 two years in a row and played in the National Tournament. Dan alongside his club duties recently assisted on the LA Harbor Junior College men's team and also currently coaches the freshman team at Loyola High School in downtown Los Angeles, in what has been a ten-year coaching journey thus far.

 

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

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Liam Hall

Teams Coached: G2007 Premier, G2008 Elite, B2010 Elite 2

 

Coach Liam, born and raised in Fresno, CA, played college soccer for Fresno City and Cal Poly Pomona. Liam is currently in his sixth year with Sand & Surf, holding a role as the Youth Development Director. 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 Marlborough High School as the Middle School head coach and previously acted as UK International's Program Manager in Santa Monica (AYSO Region 20).

 

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

 

 

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Ben Thomas

Teams Coached: B2007 Elite

 

Coach Ben, a native of Oxford, England is in his fifth year at Sand & Surf. 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. Ben arrived in the U.S in 2015 and now also coaches at Windward High School in Mar Vista, alongside his duties as the assistant Athletic Director.

 

Phone: (310) 753-1820
Email: bthomas@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 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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Josh Jirbandey

Teams Coached: B2009 Elite I, B2012 Premier, B2013 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 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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Talita Pereira

Teams Coached: G2005 Elite, G2009 Elite, G2010 Premier

 

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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Ederson Lopes

Teams Coached: B2008 Premier, B2011 Select

 

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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Maddie Villela

Teams Coached: G2013 Select, G2014 Training Team

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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Richie Lee

Teams Coached: B2012 Premier & B2013 Select

 

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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Johnny McBride

Teams Coached: B2009 Elite 2, G2009 Premier, B2014 Training Team

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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Emily Doherty

Teams Coached: B2009 Elite I, B2012 Premier, B2013 Premier

 

Coach Emily was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and this is her first year with Sand & Surf. Emily competed in the highest level of club soccer, with Farmingdale F.C  in the ECNL conference. Pivoting to collegiate athletics she competed at the Division 1 level as the starting goalkeeper for Temple University in the Big East conference. Emily then went on to transfer back to her home state of New York to play at StonyBrook University. Emily was awarded player of the year and broke a school record; most saves in a game by a Stony Brook goalkeeper since 1999. Emily graduated StonyBrook University as a double major with her bachelor's of Science. Emily then moved out to California in 2017 where she also currently works in the professional sports and entertainment industry.

 

Phone: (424) 210-1313
Emailedoherty@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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Jamie Rose

Teams Coached: G2010 Select, B2010 Select, G2012 Select

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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Ronaldo Teixeira

Teams Coached: B2006 Elite Asst, B10 Premier Asst

Coach Ronaldo is originally from Minas Gerais, Brazil, and is in his first year with Sand & Surf. Ronaldo grew up playing for several academies before moving to the U.S. to pursue playing college soccer. He started his college career at NAIA School, Rocky Mountain College until he transferred to Marymount California University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Management, Marketing, and Sports Management. While in college, Ronaldo also played in the USL 2 with Albuquerque Sol, where he not only captained the team but also helped them reach the national quarterfinals. After graduation, he became the men’s assistant soccer coach at Marymount California University and helped the program to win four conference titles and reach the national championship semifinal in 2017. He is currently the South High School Girls Varsity Coach where he recently won a league title and reached the CIF final. In 2020, Ronaldo also graduated with a master's in Exercise science and sports performance.

 

Phone: (424) 381-3497
Email: rteixeira@sandandsurfsoccer.com

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