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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.

The 2023-24 coaching slate for Senior Academy will be released before tryouts.


TEAM 2023-24 COACH
2011 Navy Richard Dixon/Zeca Ferraz
2011 White TBA
2010 Navy Alejandro Duero
2010 White Casey Johnston
2010 Gray Charles Collins
2009 Navy Ben Wilkinson
2009 White Tom Bentham
2008 Navy Gary Smith
2008 White Darren Combs
2008 Gray Mike Bradley
2007 Navy Dalton Healy
2006 Navy Andy Wishart
2006 White Gary Smith


TEAM 2022-23 COACH
2011 Navy Steve Hirayama
2011 White Ron Senowech
2010 Navy Juan Hernandez
2010 White Steve Hirayama
2009 Navy Richard Dixon
2006 Navy Juan Hernandez
2007-08 Navy Dalton Healy
2006 White Darren Combs