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WAXHAW SOCCER CLUB COACHING STAFF

Jeffrey Mercado - Director of Coaching and U12 Girls Coach

Jeff began his competitive soccer experience in Michigan before moving to Germany for several years.  After returning stateside, Jeff’s club and high school success as a player in Virginia led to a four-year soccer career at Elon University.

Jeff began coaching in college and continued after college at Elon before moving to Charlotte, where he spent ten years coaching Region III's top 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 twenty years and has been director of coaching at Waxhaw Soccer Club while maintaining his position at Ardrey Kell, where he happily teaches English.   

Scott Temmen - Director of Coaching U13-U18

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, and 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 involvement with U.S. Soccer.

Scott has worked with a variety of ages, from 2-18, and a wide range of abilities, from the recreational, travel, 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.

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Percy McKinney - U19 Boys and U10 Academy Boys Coach

Percy began his coaching career in 2000 at Irmo Soccer Club in South Carolina, spending four years there coaching in the National Youth Academy, coaching U13, U16, and U18 boys.  He began specializing in personalized player development in addition to team development at Carolina Premier in 2007.

From 2013-2018, Percy coached the U14, U16, and U18 boys' teams at United Futbol Club in Greenville, South Carolina.

From 2018-2020, Percy trained at Combine Academy in Hickory in the U15-U22 ages, where his objective was to prepare residents for college soccer and professional trials.  His work there required making connections with colleges for recruitments and international trials for professional play abroad.

In addition to working with the U18 boys at Waxhaw, a team that carries several college hopefuls, Percy has operated the Pop-up skill sessions and ongoing U15-U18 player development.

Nick Barnhorst - U12 Boys Coach

A product of the Charlotte soccer community, Nick began playing for South Charlotte Soccer Association before its merge with Charlotte Soccer Club to create Charlotte Soccer Academy.  Nick was a member of the 2007 CSA team that reached the Academy national semifinals and the 2008 State Cup Finals.

His high school career was marked by all-state, all-region, all-conference, and all-Observer honors, as Nick finished playing for Ardrey Kell High School one of the most decorated players in school history.

From 2011-2014, Nick played for UNC-Charlotte, seeing his squad play for the National Championship in 2011 against UNC, and playing each year as a top recruit of Jeremy Gunn (Stanford Head Coach) as an outside back.  Nick's UNC-Charlotte squad finished in the top 25 in the country each year there, and in that time, Nick earned national player of the week honors and the David Schlee Award (best exemplifies a desire to succeed), 

Nick has served as Waxhaw Soccer's Technical Director and Director of Junior Academy in his three years with Waxhaw.

Don Reda - Director of U4-U7

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

In 1989, Don moved to Charlotte, and has since been part of the Charlotte soccer community for over twenty-five years. With three daughters growing up in soccer, Don moved to the girls' 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 coached in the high school ranks in Charlotte as a Waddell assistant and a Providence High School JV coach for a season.  

Essentially, Don's seen it all, working with the likes of notable Charlotte coaches like Sean Bubb (Florida Elite Soccer Academy), Tim Santoro (NC State Head Coach), John Cullen (UNC-Charlotte), and Adam Denton (Davidson).  

Don has coached several Classic teams for Waxhaw at U11, U12, U13, and U14 age groups. He currently works in Waxhaw's youth development Micro and EDP.

Nathan Mangione - Director of Goalkeeping and U11 Girls Coach

Nathan 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 school soccer for Mallard Creek, in just his senior year he broke all the records for goalkeeping in the school including a NC state record for most saves in a season with 246.

Nathan continued his soccer career attending Louisburg College where he was named First Team All-Region and set a school record for most shutouts in a season (11) and most consecutive 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 semi-professional for the Branstonworth Rovers in NYC. In his senior year of college, Nathan moved to Germany to pursue 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 Nathan's first start as a professional he recorded a shutout, a penalty kick save and a goal assist, the first goalkeeper in club history to mark these.

When Nathan returned home to the States, he was called up three times to Charlotte Independence. 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, Golden Gloves.

Darren Shunkwiler - Junior Academy Director

Darren Shunkwiler has been coaching for over twenty-five years in the Charlotte area. 

For eleven years, Darren coached Providence high school, where he earned numerous Coach of the Year awards, a 4A state championship, and the honor of promoting over fifty players to the college level, including players attending Duke, Carolina, Wake Forest, College of Charleston, Vanderbilt, UNC Charlotte and many more.

Darren coached at the highest regional level for over ten years at Charlotte Soccer Club, which merged to create Charlotte Soccer Academy, for many years. He won several state championships there, coaching Region 3 Premiere, the Super Y League, and the highest-level players at Charlotte Soccer Club.  

Darren's experience coaching at Waxhaw has also spanned several years, coaching in micro, EDP, and Classic 1st division.  His teams have won division and tournament champions.

Before returning to Waxhaw to coach the Junior Academy, Darren worked for two years at Charlotte Soccer Academy.


waxhaw soccer club board of directors

Mark Shaffer

Mark Shaffer

Board President, Waxhaw Soccer Club

Dawne Marsh

Dawne Marsh

Board Vice President

Aaron Hester

Aaron Hester

Board Secretary

Juan Antonio

Juan Antonio

Micro Commissioner

Don Aquilone

Don Aquilone

Field Maintenance & Coordinator

Jeff Mercado

Jeff Mercado

Director of Coaching

Shem Lofland

Shem Lofland

Board Treasurer

Jaclyn Ryan

Jaclyn Ryan

Head Registrar

Rik Wilson

Rik Wilson

Recreation Commissioner

David Garlinski

David Garlinski

Technology & Social Media

Caroline Beglin

Caroline Beglin

Travel Commissioner

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Risk Management & Appeals

Caroline Beglin

Caroline Beglin

Assistant Registrar

Amanda Thornton

Amanda Thornton

EDP Commissioner

David Garlinski

David Garlinski

Fundraising & Sponsorships



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