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Land United Coaching Staff

Meet Coach Chris McEwan

Team: 2015 Boys Gold

I played soccer from a young age through high school. Once I was in college, I immediately started coaching because I wanted to stay involved in the game. Now that my kids are growing up and love the sport too, I'm excited to pass along what I've learned from my career to a new generation of young players.

Favorite part about being a coach at LUFC?

Getting to know some other pretty cool coaches and seeing the boys progression throughout the seasons

Favorite hype song?

Click Click Boom by Saliva

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Meet Coach Kelley King

Team: 2013 Boys Gold

Kelley is a dedicated soccer enthusiast with a lifelong love for the game. Starting her soccer journey at the young age of 3, she quickly honed her skills and became a standout player. Her high school years saw her on the varsity team, where she earned recognition as an all-state participant, showcasing her talent and dedication.

 

After opting for a break from college offers to explore different facets of soccer, Kelley's path led her to Charlotte, NC, where she embraced the vibrant soccer community. Joining Land United in 2021, she became an integral part of our coaching staff, bringing her expertise and passion for youth development to the forefront.

 

Off the field, Kelley resides in Pineville with her fiancé and three beloved dogs, embodying the spirit of community and family that Land United cherishes. Her enthusiasm extends beyond coaching, as she's a devoted supporter of teams like the USWNT, Charlotte FC, and Manchester City.

 

Kelley's coaching journey with Land United has been marked by her commitment to nurturing young talents and instilling in them a love for teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship. Her experiences, including attending World Cups, have enriched her coaching approach, creating an environment where players not only learn but also thrive in their soccer journey. 

Favorite part about being a coach at LUFC?

My favorite part is the opportunity to mentor and shape young players both on and off the field. Coaching allows me to share my love for soccer, teach valuable skills, and instill important values like teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship in my players. Seeing my players grow, improve, and develop a passion for the game under my guidance likely brings me a lot of joy and fulfillment.

Favorite hype song?

I love it by CharliXCX

Meet Coach Brandon Smith

Team: 2012 Girls Gold

I’m originally from Indian Land and graduated from Indian Land High School in 2000. I was introduced to this awesome game at an early age by my father, Gary “Pops” Smith, who played an integral part in bringing the game to Indian Land High School for our inaugural season in 1995. I played collegiately at USC Aiken.

 

After college, I became involved in coaching WCWAA select and academy teams for 5 years but stepped away when my own little soccer player/princess was born. When the opportunity arose to get involved in my community and form an all-girls team, it was a perfect match. These days, you can find me either at practice during the week, on game days on the weekend, or participating in adult pick-up games on Sundays.

Favorite part about being a coach at LUFC?

The sense of community and specifically the unique bond these teams have created for the kids and parents. I love wearing the crest of a club that gives back, and it is something to be very proud of. 

Favorite hype song?

In the Air Tonight By Phil Collins

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Meet Coach Bill Hauze

Team: 2014 Boys Blue

I am very excited to coaching for Land United FC and be a part of this club. I am originally from Connecticut and have been in the Charlotte area a little over 9 years. I have 3 young boys (11, 8, & 5) who all love soccer. We are all huge Charlotte FC and Liverpool fans (Go Reds). I had been coaching my oldest son for several seasons in various leagues (CSA Rec, Fort Mill, Lancaster County and Calvary/CHAMP Sports) and made the switch to my 8 year old for the Club with the U9 Boys.

I really enjoy teaching the kids the strategic and tactical side of the game and watching them grow and develop all while keeping it fun for the boys. We are having a great season and I look forward to continued growth of the club and the development of the kids.

Favorite part about being a coach at LUFC?

The Club has been a great place for my boys to continue to play a game they really enjoy and develop a chemistry on the field with boys they go to school with. I’m grateful that I get to watch it first hand and help to develop these talented players.

Favorite hype song?

Thunderstruck by ACDC

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