Coach's for Academy and Travel

Updated Wednesday January 24, 2018 by Waxhaw Soccer Club.

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.

Scott Temmen


Scott came to the U.S. from England in 2006 after having played for several professional soccer academy teams, and upon his completion of a sports science degree from Liverpool University. His stateside work experience includes UK Elite Soccer, the Soccer Domain Academy, The Americans in New Jersey. In 2010 he was appointed the Academy Director of the Soccer Domain, where he was responsible for the recruitment of players, recruitment of staff, developing the curriculum, and budget control. In 2009 and 2012 he also had the pleasure to work at one of the best division one soccer schools, West Point, where he worked with, Marcia McDermott, who still has the involvement with U.S. Soccer which is ongoing, as she coached the U23 National team to the 2015 Nordic Cup Championship this past spring. 


Scott has worked with a variety of ages, from 2-18, and also a wide range of abilities, from the recreational, travel team, high school, college and international level players, including New Jersey Crush Girls U15-U18 (ranked 7th in New Jersey), Soccer Domain Crewe Boys U15-U17 (ranked 5th in New Jersey), over 100 high school varsity players, and over 50 who have moved on to play at college level, including a handful of international players.


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 

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


Youth Academy


Nathan Mangione

Grew up in Charlotte North Carolina playing club soccer for South Charlotte Soccer Club.  As a kid Nathan was trained by his father, an ex professional goalkeeper, along with Eric Imler and Philip Pool (US woman's national team goalkeeper coach). Nathan played high schools soccer for Mallard Creek, in just his senior year he broke all the records for goalkeepering in the school inclining a NC State record for most saves in a season with 246. Nathan continued his soccer career attending Lousiburg College where he was named First Team All Region and set a school record for most shutouts in a season (11) and most conservative shutouts (9). He had his first professional opportunity with the Rochester Rhinos in his sophomore year of college. In his Junior year of college he played Semiprofessional  for the Branstonworth Rovers in NYC. In  his senior year of college Nathan moved to Germany to peruse a professional career where he played for TSV Neustadt while training with FC Nuremberg's  goalkeeper coach, one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the Germany. In Nathans first start as a professional he recorded a shutout, a penalty kick save and a goal assist, the first goalkeeper in club history to succeed at such a thing. When Nathan returned home to the US he was called up three times to Charlotte Independent. Nathan returned back to his high school in 2016 to become an assistant coach for Mallard Creek for one season. He is now currently the Director of Goalkeeping for Waxhaw soccer club and running his own goalkeeper training business.
Savanah Soto
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.
Mattie Scuetella
Grew up in Matthews, NC and started playing soccer at the age of 3. She played competitive club soccer for Matthews United Futbol Club in the Premier and Region 3 Divisions.  She attended Butler High School and played 4 years of varsity soccer as a center midfielder. After high school, she attended East Carolina University, and played 2 years of competitive club soccer before retiring to focus on coaching. She has obtained a NC high school coaching license as well as US Soccer F, E, and D coaching licenses. She will be attending UNCC in the summer to obtain her Masters Of Arts in Teaching. She hopes to become a 2nd grade or middle school teacher, and keep coaching soccer.
Ken Mierzejewski
Ken recently relocated to the area with his wife and two children.  After playing soccer while growing up, he has been involved in the youth soccer program as a volunteer coach since 2010.  Ken looks forward to helping the kids continue to grow both their soccer skills and confidence while enjoying playing the game.



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