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Director of Coaching

Senior Academy Director

Senior Academy (U13-U19)


  • Chattanooga FC Academy's U13-U19 teams play 11v11 in the final competitive phase of the Player Development Pathway and have the opportunity to compete at all levels (Division 1, 2, and 3) within the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA). In addition, teams will attend regional tournaments in cities like Knoxville, Nashville, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Atlanta.
  • Some U15-U19 teams may also compete in various elite leagues across the region and country, through US Youth Soccer.  The U15-U19 ages continue to focus on player development while also placing emphasis on team development. 
  • U13-U15 teams play for two seasons, fall and spring, which make up one seasonal year.  Additional training opportunities are available over winter break and summer break. Players are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.
  • Due to high school soccer season, the U15-U19 teams play for one longer season, which includes and fall for the boys, spring for the girls and winter (Nov-Dec-Jan with 2 weeks break) for both. However, weekly training is available to all players regardless of which season they are in. 
  • Team training occurs a minimum of two times weekly plus an additional third night of training -- either as a team or in a Club Training setting in mixed ages. Additional training opportunities will be available above and beyond the three nights for players who desire it.  All teams are trained by appropriately licensed and professional club coaches.
  • Senior Academy teams are formed after players participate in formal evaluations led by CFC Academy Directors and Staff Coaches. 
  • Player attendance at all training sessions and games is expected.


TEAM 2022-23 COACH
2010 Navy Richard Dixon
2010 White Ryan Kelly
2010 Gray August Warren
2009 Navy Ben Wilkinson
2009 White Tom Bentham
2008 Navy Colin Stripling
2008 White Darren Combs
2008 Gray Danny Silva
2007 Navy Dalton Healy
2006 Navy Andy Wishart
2006 White Gary Smith
2004/05 Navy Alex Harrison
2004/05 White Nick Nelson


TEAM 2022-23 COACH
2010 Navy Juan Hernandez
2010 White Gary Smith
2009 Navy Scott Chapman
2009 White Gary Smith
2008 Navy Rickie Powers
2008 White Gary Smith
2007 Navy Dalton Healy
2006 Navy Juan Hernandez
2006 White Darren Combs