Coach's for Academy and Travel

Updated Tuesday February 7, 2017 by Waxhaw Soccer Club.


Erik Imler, former University of Virginia three-time NCAA Champion and US Olympic team veteran as Waxhaw Soccer Club Academy Director.  We are excited to have Erik’s vast soccer experience and enthusiasm for the game.

One of the more decorated players in the University of Virginia school history, Imler won three national championships (1989, 1991, 1992) as a star midfielder and defender. Soccer America honored Imler's playing career as a member of the Team of the Century and on the 1990's Team of the Decade. A two-time All-American at Virginia, Imler was a Parade Magazine High School All-American during his prep career. 

Imler is also a veteran of the United States Olympic (1991-92; Barcelona, Spain) and National Teams (1991-93), in addition to two years on the U.S. Youth National Team (1985-87). Imler notched a full international cap with the U.S.A. National Team in 1993.

Following his career at UVA, Imler embarked on a successful professional soccer career in the MLS (DC United 1996 and New England Revolution 1997) and A-League (Charleston Battery 1998 and Lehigh Valley Steam 1999).

After his standout playing career on the collegiate and professional level, Imler pursued a coaching career taking him to multiple levels in the game (youth, college, professional, U.S. National team).

Imler comes to Waxhaw Soccer Club, returning to the Charlotte area, after having spent 2010-2011 with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team residency program in Bradenton, FL, 2012-2013 as an assistant coach with the University of Kentucky men’s soccer program and most recently two seasons with Charlotte Soccer Academy’s youth academy programs.

From 2005-2010, Imler owned and operated the Boot Room Soccer School in Waxhaw, N.C., a soccer training resource that was focused on developing innovative training programs for all ages and skill levels. He worked directly in developing mentoring and coaching programs for all college bound student-athletes.

A native of Bowie, Md., Imler earned his bachelor of science in education from the University of Virginia in 1993. Imler has his USSF "A" Coaching License in 2010 and is pursuing opportunities to join the U.S. Soccer National Coaching School staff as an instructor.


Also Supporting Erik and our Academy Program:

Nathan Mangione (U10G) Waxhaw Soccer Club GK Coach. First team All Region Louisburg College. Rochester Rhinos-NASL.  BarnsworthRovers-England. TSV Neustadt – Germany.  
Savannah Soto (U9B and U10B Coach) 13 years of soccer experience along with a strong background in coaching. Youth player who was forced to limit playing due to injuries. Loves working with young players.


Our other accomplished staff ...

Jeff Mercado – Director of Coaching

Jeff began his competitive soccer experience in Michigan before moving to Germany for several years.  After returning stateside, Jeff’s high school success in Virginia led to a soccer career at Elon, where he played all four years, captaining the team and earning all-conference honors.

Jeff began coaching in college and continued after college at Elon before moving to Charlotte, where he spent ten years coaching high-level teams for Charlotte Soccer Club.  He spent one year at Charlotte Soccer Academy before committing solely to coaching high school soccer.  Jeff’s high school coaching career began at Providence High School before his selection to begin the men’s and women’s programs at Ardrey Kell.  

Jeff has been an English teacher and coach in the Charlotte community for fourteen years and has been named as Waxhaw Soccer Club’s director of coaching while maintaining his position at Ardrey Kell, where he happily teaches English.

Darren Shunkwiler

Darren has played at Providence High School, Lee's McRae College, and played five seasons with the Charlotte Eagles 6v6 league winning five league championships.

Darren has over fifteen years of coaching experience, coaching at Providence High School and Charlotte Soccer Club, boys and girls, from 1997 to 2008. In that time, Darren's teams have won at the highest level, including a State Championship at Providence High School and a State Cup for Charlotte Soccer Club. Darren has coached many players that have gone on to play Division I programs at North Carolina, Duke, Villanova, Vanderbilt, Furman, Wake Forest, and many other great schools. Three players have made it to the MLS. Darren also carries a national D, C, and B license. 

Don Reda

Don Reda is originally from Long Island, New York where, after a four-year soccer career at James Madison University (’75-’79), he coached boys high school and club soccer for 4 years on Long Island.

 In 1989, Don moved to Charlotte, and has since been part of the Charlotte soccer community for over twenty years. With three daughters growing up in soccer, Don moved to the girl’s game and started coaching them at MARA. While at MARA, he was part of a group of coaches that brought Challenge and Classic Girls soccer to Charlotte. He continued by coaching at Charlotte Soccer Club for over ten years with Classic girls teams ages 11 - 14. He then joined Charlotte Soccer Academy for a few years with U11 and U12 girl’s teams. Additionally, Don has high school coaching experience as well as a Waddell assistant and a Providence High School JV for a season.

Alfredo Henriques

Alfredo Henriques, born in Portoviejo, Ecuador, grew up, as all Ecuadorians, a passionate soccer youth.  His experience began as a boy playing in the streets and playgrounds before refining his skills and understanding of the game in school and for Air Force League in Portoviejo.

Alfredo arrived in the United States in 2004, when, two years later, he enrolled at the newly-opened Ardrey Kell High School.  Alfredo became one of Ardrey Kell's first three-sport athletes-basketball, soccer, tennis-with soccer being his passion, and captained all three sports and moved each one to into playoff positions.  Playing and starting for Jeff Mercado for all three years, Alfredo was one of the team's most intelligent and versatile players

Jackie Gorman (U12G) Attended 4 years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She played for Wilmington's club soccer team for 3 years until having to unfortunately retire due to a third knee injury. Began coaching for Waxhaw Academy and has now been with the club for 3 years. Facility Coordinator and a Strength and Conditioning Coach at D1 Sports Training in Matthews


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