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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. 

Dave Dixon - Director of Soccer

  Dixon comes to FCC with over 24 years of coaching experience at all levels of the game from youth to the professional level, most recently as the Assistant Coach of the Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship league.

Before his time with the Independence, Dixon coached in the USL Championship League with Indy Eleven, and the Charlotte Eagles as an assistant coach, going to the Finals in 2013. He also spent time coaching in USL League 2 with both the Charlotte Eagles and Mississippi Brilla FC. Dixon was named USL League 2 Coach of the Year in 2015, and won the USL League 2 National Championship in 2017.

Dixon started his coaching career at the college level and has experience coaching across the college spectrum including small NAIA colleges and  DI Universities. As a player Dixon was an All-American goalkeeper at Houghton College (NY), and played professionally for the Charlotte Eagles in the USL. He has coaching qualifications from both US Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches Association.

Juan Villegas - Director (U13-U19)

 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.

Luke Sanford- Director (U7-U12)

Luke comes to FCC from Indiana Wesleyan University. During Sanford’s 5 year tenure, the Wildcats posted an overall record of 55-38-11, and a record of 25-16-4 in Crossroads League play. In his first season, the Wildcats won their fourth straight Crossroads League Championship, sending the Wildcats to their third straight NAIA National Championship. IWU continued to make history in his first season, advancing to the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

Sanford also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), in NCAA Division II. He started his coaching career at Nyack as a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach at Nyack out of New York. In 2011, Nyack earned its first ever NCAA Division II postseason bid.

Sanford also has coaching experience in the USL League 2 as the Head Coach of Mississippi Brilla FC for the last 2 seasons. Prior to that he served as an Assistant Coach with Southern WV Kings Warriors in 2012. He also coached club soccer with the Charlotte Soccer Academy and Surf Soccer Club in California. Sanford played college soccer at Houghton College (N.Y.) and also played for Mississippi Brilla in the USL league 2, for Dave Dixon. Sanford has coaching qualification from both US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches Association.

Nelson Garner - Coach

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.

Zack Tomassili - Coach

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 - Coach

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.     

Jorge Hernandez - Coach

Clay Dimick - Coach

Clay is currently a professional soccer player for the Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship League. 2021 will be Clay’s 3rd season with the Independence where he plays as a defender. He also has experience playing in Australia appearing for both Westgate Sindjelic and Geelong. Clay played college soccer at nearby Belmont Abbey College. Clay will be a valuable addition to the Academy.