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:
- 4 Years (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:
- 2 Years (Queens University of Charlotte)
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)
- U15 - U18 US Youth National Team
- Collegiate Playing Experience (Furman University - 2 time NSCAA All-America)
- NSCAA Premier Diploma
- USSF A License; USSF National Youth License


Paul Forster
Director of Classic

- 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)
- USSF A License 


Jim Wright
U15 - U18 Girls Program Director 

- 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)
- USSF A License
- NSCAA Premier Diploma


Courtney Crandell
U12 - U14 Girls Program Director

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
Professional Playing Experience – Hampton Roads Piranhas
Collegiate Playing Experience – Auburn University; UNC Charlotte (1st Team All- America)  



Tim Evans
U12 - U14 Boys Program Director

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



Mark Jonas 
Capital Area Youth Academy Boys Director

Youth Coaching Experience CASL Staff Coach; Next Level Academy Boys Technical Director; TFC
Professional Playing Experience – Wilmington Hammerheads, Cleveland Crunch, Raleigh Flyers, Richmond Kickers, Virginia Beach Mariners, Carolina RailHawks
International Playing Experience – US Men’s National Team (1 cap age 16); US U17 World Cup Team (Italy ’91); US U12 & U20 National Team
Collegiate Playing Experience – NC State University (4 years)

 

Matt Brown
Director of Goalkeeping 

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
NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma NSCAA Advance Diploma

 

Bryan Farnsworth
Director of Coaching Education & Player Development

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



Jason Bailey
Head Athletic Trainer

9 Years Athletic Training Experience:
- 4 Years Carolina Hurricanes
- 3 Years CASL
- 2 Years University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Playing Experience:
- East Carolina University
- CASL (
Classic)
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

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


Andy Tait
U9-U11 Girls Classic Program Director

-6 years at TCYSA: 2 years as Girls Director of Coaching
-Player Experience (Mercyhurst University 2003-2007, South Jersey Barons PDL 2005-2006, Halifax Town AFC 2000-2003)
-USSF B License
-NSCAA National Diploma