Staff Bios

Damon Nahas
Technical Director

Coaching Experience:
- 15 Years (Youth) (CASL staff 10+ years)
- 5 Years (High School)
- 2 Years (Assistant Professional) (Carolina RailHawks)
- US Soccer U15 Girls National Team Head Coach (2011 - Present)
- US Soccer U17 Girls National Team World Cup Assistant (2012)
Playing Experience:
- North Carolina State University
- Wilmington Hammerheads
- Capital Express
Certification:
- Development Director/Owner of Next Level Academy (2000 - Present)
- 5 Years PDL/W-League Coaching/Ownership Experience (Cary Clarets)
 

Sean Nahas
ECNL Director

Coaching Experience:
- 15 Years Coaching Experience (Youth, High School, Collegiate)
- US Soccer U14 Staff Coach (2012 - Present)
Playing Experience:
- Queens University of Charlotte (2 Years)
Certification:
- US Soccer Youth Team Scout (2011 - Present)
- NSCAA Advance National Diploma (Distinguished Pass)
- NSCAA National Diploma (Distinguished Pass)


John Bradford
Capital Area RailHawks Academy Director/Youth Academy Director

Coaching Experience:
- 11 Years (Youth, Collegiate, Professional)
- CASL Director Classic (Boy's Division - 2 years)
- CASL Chelsea FC Academy Manager (2 years)
- CASL YTS/Youth Director (2 years)
- Assistant Director of Coaching (Dallas Soccer Club - 2.5 years)
- Assistant Coach Men & Women (University of Texas Permian Basin)
- Assistant Coach (Carolina RailHawks) (NASL)
Playing Experience:
- U15 - U18 US Youth National Team
- Furman University (2 time NSCAA All-America)
Certification:
- NSCAA Premier Diploma
- USSF A License; USSF National Youth License


Paul Forster
Director of Classic

Coaching Experience:
- CASL Youth Director (3 years)
- Youth Coaching Experience - Director of Coaching (Twin City Youth SA; Cape Fear Youth SA)
- College Head Coaching Experience (NC Wesleyan College)
- College Assistant Coaching Experience (UNC Willmington, SUNY Buffalo, Wake Forest University)
Playing Experience:
- UNC Wilmington
Certification:
- USSF A License 


Jim Wright
U15 - U18 Girls Program Director 

Coaching Experience:
- 12 Years Youth Soccer Coaching Experience (CASL, Onslow Classic Soccer Association, Richmond Strikers)
- 9 Years College Assistant Coach (Davidson College, UNC Charlotte)
Playing Experience:
- Davidson College (4 years)
Certification:
- USSF A License
- NSCAA Premier Diploma


Courtney Crandell
U12 - U14 Girls Program Director

Coaching Experience:

- CASL Staff Coach 2 Years
- Youth Coaching Experience FCCA Girls Director of Coaching; Cape Fear Youth Soccer Association
- College Coaching Experience – Volunteer Assistant at Drake University; Assistant at Cape Fear CC
Playing Experience:
- Hampton Road Pirhanas
- Auburn University; UNC Charlotte (1st Team All- America)  



Tim Evans
U12 - U14 Boys Program Director

Coaching Experience:
- CASL U10 & U11 Boys Director
- CASL Staff Coach 2 Years
- CASL Classic Team Coach 5 Years
Playing Experience:
 - 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Certification:
-National Youth License 



Mark Jonas 
Capital Area Youth Academy Boys Director

Coaching Experience:

- Youth Coaching Experience CASL Staff Coach; Next Level Academy Boys
- Technical Director; TFC
Playing Experience:
- Wilmington Hammerheads, Cleveland Crunch, Raleigh Flyers, Richmond Kickers, Virginia Beach Mariners, Carolina RailHawks
- US Men’s National Team (1 cap age 16); US U17 World Cup Team (Italy ’91); US U12 & U20 National Team
-NC State University

 

Matt Brown
Director of Goalkeeping 

Coaching Experience
- Youth Coaching Experience
Director of Goalkeeping Hockessin SC, Greensboro Youth SC
- College Assistant Coaching Experience – Greensboro College, Haverford College PDL Assistant Coach/ Goalkeeper Coach – Carolina Dynamo
Playing Experience:
- Greensboro College, Carolina Dynamo, Wilmington Hammerheads
Certification:
- NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma
- NSCAA Advance Diploma
- USSF B License
-NSCAA National Diploma

 

Bryan Farnsworth
Director of Coaching Education & Player Development

Coaching Experience:
- CASL Director of Recreation
- 7 Years Coaching Experience (YTS, Classic, Challenge)
- CASL Classic Team Coach 5 years
- Staff Coach
Next Level Academy
Certification:
-USSF C License
-NSCAA Advance National Diploma



Jason Bailey
Head Athletic Trainer

Athletic Training Experience:
- 4 Years Carolina Hurricanes
- 3 Years CASL
- 2 Years University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Playing Experience:
- East Carolina University
- CASL (
Classic)
Certification:
- Master of Science in EXSS
- Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
- Corrective Exercise Specialist (CEPS)


Dan Popik
Older Boys Director

Coaching Experience:
- College Head Coaching Experience (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
-College Assistant Coaching Experience (NC State University & Furman University)
Playing Experience:
- Columbus Crew (2006), LA Galazy (2004-2005) and Milwaukee Rampage (2000-2003)
Certification:
-USSF A License
-USSF Development Academy Scout


Andy Tait
U9-U11 Girls Classic Program Director

Coaching Experience:
- 6 years at TCYSA: 2 years as Girls Director of Coaching
Playing Experience:
- Mercyhurst University
- South Jersey Barons PDL (2005-2006), Halifax Town AFC (2000-2003)
Certification:
-USSF B License
-NSCAA National Diploma