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Jorge Herrera

 Jorge Herrera started his soccer career in the Colombian youth system of South America.  He also played  professionally in South America and Paraguay for Independiente, Athletico National, Huracan, and  Millionarios.  

 In 2007 Jorge moved to the United States and signed with the Charlotte Eagles, playing 8 seasons and  making over 150 appearances.  In his eight USL seasons, Herrera tallied 53 goals and 29 assists (only the second player to score over 50 goals in USL history). He was named First Team USL Second Division in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as First Team USL PRO in 2011 and USL PRO All-League Second Team in 2013 and 2014. He was USL league MVP finalist in 2008. 

In 2014 Jorge became the first player signed in the history of the Charlotte Independence. Jorge has played 3 seasons with the Independence and made over 80 appearances scoring 24 goals with 11 assists. In 2017 Jorge Herrera was awarded the 2017 Fans Player of the Year, Goal of the Year, and Moment of the Year for his hat trick against St Louis. He is the current 2nd leading goal scorer in USL history, and widely considered the greatest player Charlotte's soccer history.

In addition to his extensive playing career, Jorge has coached at the college, high school and club level. Jorge has coached Southern Wesleyan University, Charlotte Christian High, and Covenant Day High School. Jorge holds an United Soccer Coaches Association Advanced National Coaching Diploma. 

Juan "Choco" Villegas 

Coach Villegas grew up playing soccer in Colombia where he played keeper on the same youth team as Jorge Herrera. He continued his playing career at the professional level where he played for over 10 years in Colombia and Argentina. After his playing career ending he took on the role of Sports Director for CD Fair Play in Bogota, Colombia where he worked for 3 years. After his time with CD Fair Play in Colombia Juan moved to the United States to take the role of Director of Coaching for FC Boca Predators in Boca Raton, FL where he has worked for over 5 years.

Juan holds a United Soccer Coaches Association National Diploma , Advanced National Diploma, and Premier Coaching Diploma. He also holds a coaching license from ATFA (Argentina), a Goalkeepers Certification from AER (Arqueros en Red),  and has coached in over 20 championship matches at the national and international level.

Nelson Garner

Coach Garner has been involved coaching high school soccer in Union County for 15 years having coached as a varsity girls and boys coach at Piedmont, Cuthbertson and Parkwood High Schools. During his high school coaching career he has won 2 NC state championships and numerous conference championships. In 2012 he was named the 

Greater Charlotte Soccer Gala Boys Coach of the Year.  In 2013 he was named North Carolina 2A State Coach of the Year as well as National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Girls Coach of the Year.

Coach Garner holds a USSF D License and United Soccer Coaches Association National Diploma and Advanced National Diploma. Garner earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University and Master’s Degree in Soccer Coaching from Ohio University.

Dave Dixon

As a player, Dave was a goalkeeper for the Jackson Chargers of the PDL in 1998, and spent a season in Charlotte with the Eagles in 1997. He played his college soccer at Houghton College, playing in three NAIA National Championship Tournaments. A four-year starter, he was a two-time All-American, two-time All-Region selection, and a three-time All-Conference performer.

After coaching at Roberts Wesleyan College coach Dave was the head coach for the Mississippi Brilla’s PDL team and led their youth club, Mississippi Brilla Juniors as the director of coaching. During his five years at Brilla his team captured three conference championships. In 2010 he was named a finalist for PDL Coach of the Year. Coach Dixon then moved back to Charlotte to coach first with the Eagles, earning 2015 PDL coach of the year in the Eagles’ first season after self-relegating from the USL, and then most recently as the assistant coach of the Charlotte Independent.  During coach Dixon's time in Charlotte he has also served as Charlotte Soccer Academy Director of Coaching for Matthews. 

Dave holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma – Distinguished Pass, NSCAA National Diploma – Distinguished Pass, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper License.

Jorge Hernandez

Kevin Armas


Zack Tomassili

Zack started his soccer career at the age of 3 in Morocco.  He moved to France to play for the 2nd Division with Olympic Marseilles B. Zack then came to the states an played with the USL & PDL with the Charleston Battery & Harrisburg City Island as a defender. Zack was then an Assistant Coach for Harrisburg City Island's of the PDL. He has also coached both high school and club soccer in Charlotte area.  

Zack  possesses a United Soccer Coaches D license, as well as an AAA fitness license and is currently completing his USC C license.


Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl

Ryliegh is from Denton, Texas where she played club soccer for FC Dallas ECNL. Ryleigh went on to play in college for Oral Roberts University and finished her senior year as team captain. Ryleigh graduated with a Bachelor's in Sports Managements and is currently working on her Masters in SportsManagement.

Ryliegh has been coaching soccer since February of 2018, beginning as a goalkeeper coach for West Side Alliance.  After a year of working for West Side Alliance she was promoted to Director of GK where she maintained the position until she moved to Charlotte. Ryliegh is currently working on her United Soccer Coaches National Diploma.