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Directors and Coaches

Bill Finneyfrock, Executive Director/GK Director

As a Coach

  • 1990 - Present - Providence Day School - Charlotte, NC
  • 1983 - 1990 - Charlotte Catholic High School
  • Record ( 331 - 119 - 27)
  • 13 Conference Titles
  • Six State Championships
  • Three State Runner –ups
  • Three Times NC State Coach of the Year
  • Three Times US Southeast Regional COY
  • 1997 National High School COY
  • Executive Director Charlotte United FC
  • USSF “A” Licensed Coach
  • USSF National Goalkeeping License


As a Player

  • Five year Professional Soccer Player in the American Soccer League (ASL)
  • Two years Clemson Univ.
  • Two years Erskine College
  • Two NSCAA Final Four Appearances
  • Two ACC Titles
  • One ASL Title
  • All-South
  • All-American

Also

  • Founder of Charlotte United FC
  • Executive Director of Charlotte United FC

Andy S Kaplan,  Director of Coaching - Youth Development Academy 

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Andy Kaplan has been involved in sports his entire life as both a player and coach.  He also has a deep knowledge of and passion for strength, agility and general fitness training. He received his undergraduate degree in coaching & sports administration from University of Florida and an MBA from Georgia Southern University. Andy’s first coaching experience was as a volunteer soccer coach for the Gainesville YMCA when he was a freshman in college. He continued to volunteer his time throughout college. After graduating from University of Florida he took a job as the Athletics Director for a large sports & fitness organization in North Miami, FL., eventually became the Association Director over the entire facility & program. While in this role, Andy focused on creating a program structure and philosophy built around player development rather than simply organizing leagues for parent-led teams. This included requiring paid and volunteer coaches to help design and follow a program-specific curriculum and philosophical framework for each sport offered. The association also recruited and employed full-time professional coaches to establish programs designed to provide players with the opportunity to compete on regional and national levels in soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, gymnastics and martial arts.

During his time in South Florida, Andy fell in love with the “international” game of soccer. He had the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from ex-professional players and coaches from South America, Africa and Europe who introduced him to a variety of styles of play and coaching philosophies. After eight years in the sports association industry, Andy changed directions and began a career in business consulting. He currently works in the healthcare industry. Over the past 20 years, Andy has continued to be involved in soccer as both a volunteer board member and coach. He served in several BOD positions, including President, for Coastal Georgia Soccer Association for over 10 years. He has coached club and high school soccer for kids ages 5-18. His club teams always competed at the highest state level in Georgia. His high school teams consistently attained top-5 status statewide. Over 30 of Andy’s high school and club players went on to play soccer in college. Andy has advanced soccer coaching licenses through USSF and NSCAA as well as a variety of youth basketball certifications and licenses.

Sheldon Russell, Director of Coaching - CUPFC Boys and Palisades Facility Director 

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Sheldon Russell started playing soccer at the age of 9.  He played soccer for four years at one of the top high schools in Jamaica (Cornwall College) where he won two titles.  During this time, he was selected to represent Jamaica on the U17 national team. He also played for a local premier league team, Violet Kickers. He first started coaching in 2013 for Palmetto United Futbol (PUFC).  Since his inception at PUFC, he has coached a U10, U11, and U13 boys team.  Since then Palmetto has partnered with Charlotte United Soccer Club, where he's now a U13 boys, U15 and U16 girls coach. He currently holds a D coaching license. 

Danielle Center, Director of Coaching - CUPFC Girls

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Danielle Center grew up in Fort Mill, SC.  She attended Fort Mill High School where she played four years of Varsity Girls Soccer.  She later went on to play at Clemson University.  After obtaining her Master's degree, she moved back to Fort Mill and started coaching at Palmetto United Futbol Club and Fort Mill High School.  She has coached at PUFC/CUPFC for 6 years. She has coached various age groups including a U10, U14, U16, and U18 girls team.  She has also been the Assistant Varsity Girls' Soccer Coach for Fort Mill High School for five years.  This season she was recently named Head Varsity Girls' Soccer Coach for Fort Mill High School.   She currently holds her D coaching license.

 

 

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