DSC’s Own Dan Ridenhour Appointed Winthrop Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Discoveries would like to congratulate our own Dan Ridenhour on his recent promotion to the Head Coaching role at Winthrop Men’s Soccer. This past year Dan has been responsible for DSC 01 Gold and DSC 99 Gold.

Dave Carton on Ridenhour’s appointment;

“We’re all excited for Dan and looking forward to seeing how he fares this Fall. Dan has been a fixture in the soccer community here for a long time and he deserves this opportunity. I have worked with Dan as a player and as a coach and I have always found his work on the field to be dynamic, player-centric and innovative. He’s a hard working recruiter and hopefully he will be given the support he needs to be a success. Everyone at DSC is behind Dan and the WU program”.

Ridenhour spent the past eight seasons as the associate head coach and the past 12 as an assistant with the Eagles and will take over for Rich Posipanko, who recently down as Eagle head coach.


“First, I would like to thank President Dr. Daniel F. Mahony and Athletic Director Tom Hickman for the opportunity to assume the role as head soccer coach at Winthrop University,” said Ridenhour, who will become the fourth coach in the history of the men’s soccer program. “I have had the great privilege to work for the Gaffer “Rich Posipanko” for the past 12 years. He has been instrumental in my career and life and I would like to thank him for setting the standard to which we should all strive for daily. He has worked tirelessly over the past 27 years to put Winthrop University soccer on the map and to honor the tradition set forth by Dr. Jim Casada. I am truly grateful for the Gaffer’s support.

“My wife, Emily and I, are excited to be able to stay in Rock Hill and have our family ingrained in this wonderful community. I would be remiss if I did not thank my parents for getting me involved in the game at a young age and sparking my love for soccer. I would also like to thank each coach that I played for and have worked under as they have all been wonderful mentors and friends.

Ridenhour came to the Winthrop program in 2004 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia State. During his time with the Eagles, Ridenhour has helped the program capture four Big South Conference championships and five NCAA College Cup appearances. In 2012 he helped guide the team to the program’s first ever advancement in the NCAA College Cup as it got by SMU to make the Round of 32.

“I look forward to getting back with our returning players in January and gearing our focus to the 2016 season,” Ridenhour added. “It is important for me, that we work to continue to build onto and honor the tradition of our alumni. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the soccer program at Winthrop University.”

While at Georgia State he worked as an assistant coach for the Georgia Boys Olympic Development Program. His 87 Georgia ODP State team won the 2004 ODP Region Championship and went to the National Championship in 2005. In addition he was a staff coach for the Forsyth Fusion Club as he trained teams and also provided assistance to club coaches. In 2004 he completed his Master of Science in Sport Administration at Georgia State.

The Memphis, TN native played his college soccer at Old Dominion University where he was a four-year letterman and a team captain in 2000. While at ODU he was a student-athlete mentor and part of the student-athlete advisory council. He graduated from ODU in December of 2000 with a bachelor of science with an emphasis in sport management and a minor in business management.

Ridenhour holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and is always looking to improve his coaching education by attending numerous clinics and coaching schools throughout the year.

He resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife Emily, their two daughters, Phoebe and Winnie Alewine, and sons Paco Roo and Captain.

“I couldn’t be happier for Daniel’s appointment as the new head men’s soccer coach at Winthrop University,” said Posipanko, who will step down after 27 seasons at the conclusion of 2015 with the Eagles. “If I could have handpicked the next head coach, Dan would have been my recommendation. The soccer program has been very successful over the 12 years that Dan has been here as the assistant coach and associate head coach. While he’s been here we’ve been to the Big South Championship Game six times (winning five), the NCAA College Cup six times, and having over a dozen players move on to the professional level to being in the national polls on a regular basis, Dan certainly deserves much of this credit. I feel confident that he will continue the success that the soccer program has had over the past 40-plus years that Jim Casada started back in 1975 and I tried to continue. The fact that Winthrop soccer has had two long term coaches and only three in their long history, I think it speaks strongly to the quality of the soccer job and to the fine institution that Winthrop University is. Once Dan completes his coaching staff in the next few weeks, I feel it will be the best in the Big South and feel confident that they continue to compete for championships. I would like to thank Athletic Director Tom Hickman and President Dr. Daniel Mahony for getting this done quickly and making this a very smooth transition which will only have a positive effect on the program.”

Discoveries announce new Director of Goalkeeping

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce the hiring of Joey Calandra as Director of Goalkeeping for the 2016 season. Calandra, from Mount Pleasant, SC, enjoyed a stellar 4 year career at Wingate University before joining Gary Hamill’s coaching staff at Wingate University. In his four years as a student-athlete at Wingate, Calandra started 76 matches. He was 53-19 overall, piling up 277 saves. Calandra registered 15 shutouts during his career. He earned first team All-SAC honors during his senior season, helping the Bulldogs win the regular season SAC title. Calandra allowed only 17 goals in 18 starts, registering a 0.92 goals against average while going 15-3 on the year. In addition to his coaching duties at Wingate, Calandra has been a staff member and Director of Goalkeeping for Wingate International Soccer Academy. He is currently the Associate Camp Director at Wingate International Soccer Academy. Calandra has also had extensive experience in Club Soccer. He served as the Director of Goalkeeping for Mecklenburg Union Football Club (2007-2012) as well as the director of Goalkeeping for Charlotte Soccer Academy Matthews (2013). Calandra was the head coach of the U-17 Classic Boys team for Mecklenburg Union Football Club in 2012 and was the head coach of the u-18 classic boys team at Charlotte Soccer Academy Matthews in 2013.

Dave Carton on the Calandra appointment;
“I’ve known Joey for a long time now and the one thing that always stood out about him was his professionalism and commitment to excellence. He takes his work very seriously and joins a long line of committed professionals coming out of the Coach Hamill’s Wingate program. He’s a fantastic educator with the kind of growth mindset we are looking to instill in our players at DSC. Bright, ambitous and hardworking, we’re thrilled to have Joey enhance our team. He’s committed to the sport and he will make a fabulous addition to our club. I’d like to also thank Lewis Berry for the dedication and care he has given all of our goalkeepers over the past 3 years, Lewis is always welcome at DSC and we look forward to welcoming him back again soon.”

Calandra graduated from Wingate University in 2012 with a degree in Psychology. He holds a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) “B” license.

Former Winthrop Head Coach Rich Posipanko appointed as Director of Operations, Community and Corporate Development

For Immediate Release: Rock Hill, 2/4/2016

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce the appointment of former Winthrop Head Coach Rich Posipanko as Director of Operations, Community and Corporate Development. Posipanko, who this year retired from the Head Coaching position at Winthrop after 27 years, will now co-ordinate corporate relationships, sponsorships and general fundraising activities for DSC, while supporting our community development program through commercial interaction with local businesses and retailers.

Executive Director Dave Carton on the Posipanko appointment:

“Obviously this is a very serious and high profile appointment for the club, and as we grow and develop we are now witnessing a specific need for expertise and experience in this area of our operations. While we have some fantastic partners, Gaffer’s role will be to improve the management of our current relationships and also open up new opportunities for the club with local businesses. At DSC we want to play an integral role in the community, and a large aspect of that is to provide local businesses a platform to grow with us. We are thrilled to have Gaffer come on board this year, and while his impact will be directly visible in our major projects, his experience in the game will no doubt benefit the club as a whole. Gaffer recruited me as a player back in 2005 and has been a mentor to me since the day I got here. It’s a pleasure to be working with him again and we are all excited for some great things ahead”.

Posipanko on his new role with DSC:

“I have been around since the early years of Discoveries Soccer Club and have seen it develop from having one or two teams into a very successful club which currently has over 1,100 members and works with an additional 2000 youth players from the various recreation programs within our community. Both Winthrop University and DSC have played a major role in the growth and development of soccer in the community over the years. By joining the DSC team I am honored that I will be able to continue playing a small role in the development of soccer in the area. I would like to thank the DSC Board of Directors and Executive Director Dave Carton for this opportunity. I have known Dave since he was recruited to play for Winthrop. He not only played four years for me, but also served as an assistant coach for another four years. Over this time, we have developed a very strong relationship based on mutual respect. I have watched closely his professional career over the years and have been most impressed with the job he has done and how he has moved up the ranks to become the Executive Director. He has done an outstanding job moving DSC forward and bringing a much improved professional atmosphere to the club. I am excited to once again work with Dave and the entire DSC family and hopefully I can make a meaningful and positive contribution”.

Posipanko’s Bio
Rich Posipanko finished his 27th and final year at Winthrop University and 37th season as a head coach for his career in 2015.  For the past twenty-six seasons, the Eagles have averaged over 10 wins per season in the toughest region in the Nation. The Eagles were 15-7-1 in 2002 that led to a regular season and tournament Big South championship and NCAA College Cup South Region appearance. In 2005, the Eagles finished 12-8-1 and finished as the Big South Runner-Up for the third time under Posipanko and fifth time overall.  In 2006 the Eagles once again claimed the Big South regular season and tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA College Cup South Atlantic Regional with a 15-3-4 record. In 2008 the Eagles were again Big South Regular Season and Tournament Champions with a record of 15-6-1. Posipanko was also selected Big South Coach of the Year for the third time and led his team back to the NCAA College Cup in 2008.  In 2009 the Eagles again were Big South Champions and made it back to the NCAA College Cup with a 11-6-4 record. In 2012, the Eagles once again won the Big South Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup with a record of 12-8-2. They also finished the 2012 season ranked in all three polls.  The Eagles have also been successful in the classroom as well, receiving the NSCAA Academic Award seven out of the past eight years for receiving a 3.0 Team GPA or better.  The 2015 season was Posipanko’s last season at Winthrop and ended at 11-7-2.  He ended his career by winning both the Big South Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship and going to the NCAA College Cup for the sixth time. He was also voted Big South Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

The 1991, 2006, 2008 and 2015 Big South Conference Coach of the Year has compiled a career record of 392-270-59 and has a Winthrop mark of 275-221-37. Posipanko is currently ranked 7th among NCAA Division I active coaches in total victories.  He is also ranked 21st on the All-Time list for victories. In 2002 he became the winningest coach in Winthrop history with his 134th win. Posipanko is also the winningest coach in Longwood University history with 117 wins and is also the All-Time winningest coach in Big South Conference history with 275 total victories.  During the 2007 season Posipanko reached the 300 career win mark and joined an elite group of only 52 coaches in NCAA history (all divisions) and 25 coaches at the Div. I level to reach this plateau.

Before coming to Winthrop, Posipanko spent 10 successful years as head coach of Longwood University in Virginia where he compiled a record of 117-49-21. During his last seven years at “The Wood”, Posipanko guided his squads to the NCAA Division II top 20 ranking and also developed seven All-Americans.

Posipanko better known as “Gaffer” by his players and peers has had a long list of successes through his years of coaching. Prior to his position at Longwood, Posipanko who is from Levittown, PA served as the assistant coach at College of New Jersey (formally known as Trenton State College) for three years. He also coached the Virginia State Team in the Olympic Development Program from 1986-1989. While at Longwood, Posipanko was honored three times 1982, 1984, and 1986 as the Virginia Coach of the Year and in 1982 and 1984 he was tabbed Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.
In addition to his college coaching experience, Posipanko coached professionally serving as assistant coach of the Houston Dynamos in the United States Soccer League in 1985.

Posipanko is dedicated to soccer and spends much of his free time trying to improve the college game and give back to the local community with many summer soccer camps and clinics. He has served on numerous committees including the NCAA Academic All-American Selection Committee; chair of the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America South Rating Board; chair of the NCAA Soccer Selection Committee for the south region; President of the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association; and President of the Big South Conference Soccer Coaches.

Posipanko has helped raise over $205,000 for Cancer Research over the past six years through his annual Kicks Against Cancer Game, Champions Night and now a new group he is associated with called The Carolinas Kickin It Challenge.

He is also very active on the fundraising front. He has raised over $250,000 over the years for the soccer program including many of the upgrades to Eagle Field, enhanced scholarship funding and helped increase the operational budget. He also started the Manchester Cup each spring which has become one of the top college showcases in the nation drawing huge crowds.

During his 37 years as a collegiate head coach he’s had 164 All-Conference players, 70 All-Region selections, 14 All-Americans, four Olympic team players, four Freshmen of the Year, three Player of the Year, 38 Academic All-Americans, six national team members and a Lowes Senior Award Top 10 finalist and Walter Byers Scholarship Finalist. Also one Walter Byers Scholarship Winner. Over the years, 16 of his players have also gone on to play in the professional ranks.

A 1974 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in health and physical education, Posipanko earned his master’s degree in the same field with a concentration in administration and athletic management in 1979 from the College of New Jersey (Trenton State College). He is married to the former Gayle Keener of Amelia, VA.

Executive Director Dave Carton featured in US Youth Soccer Magazine on Parent Education

For immediate release; 1/29/2016

Recently DSC Executive Director Dave Carton was interviewed by USYSA representatives on suggested methods to improve the experience of parents at youth soccer events. The article, aimed at helping to identify important areas of sideline etiquette, has been distributed nationwide, and is featured in this months edition of USYSA Magazine.

Dave Carton said; “I was delighted that USYSA reached out to us and sought our opinion on what we feel is a very important aspect of a players soccer experience. Parents are a vital component of how the youth soccer model functions and hopefully we can help to improve the family experience through continued education and reliable communication. Thanks to USYSA for all the work they are doing to integrate the clubs in the process, as a representative of Discoveries I am privileged to be in a position to make a contribution. ”

Link to article below;
http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/sideline_etiquette_6_tips_to_make_youth_soccer_better_for_parents_and_players/#.VqrLVAml5Ps.email

Speed and Agility Training with Coach Asaad Davis

Discoveries is pleased to announce our continued partnership with speed and agility trainer Asaad Davis for spring training. Asaad has worked with NFL players Ko Simpson, Detroit Lions, Jonathan Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the general public for years. Asaad, a certified personal trainer, will help your player sprint faster, improve quickness, increase running speed, power, and agility. He currently also works with Northwestern and Nation Ford HS.  Link to Asaad’s website: http://dynamicspeedsc.wix.com/carolinas 

Asaad is affiliated with the NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) and OPT (Organization for Personal Trainers) and Youth Trainer Certified. These sessions will specifically work on eye/foot coordination, muscle flexibility, running mechanics, lateral speed & reaction time, agility & change of direction skills, plyometric, balance, core strengthening, explosiveness, and stamina.

DSC will now offer Speed and Agility training registration and payment through our website.

Nutrition Tips from Asaad:

Eating before competing is something only the athlete can determine based on experience, but some general guidelines include eating a solid meal 4 hours before competing, a snack or high carbohydrate energy drink 2 to 3 hours before competing, soft fruit 1 hour before competing.

1 Hour Before Competition

  • Fresh fruit such as an apple, watermelon, peaches or oranges and/ or
  • Energy gel packs
  • Up to 1 ½ cups of sports drink

2 to 3 Hours Before Competition

  • Fresh fruit
  • Bread, bagels, pasta
  • Yogurt
  • Water

3 to 4 Hours Before Competition

  • Fresh fruit
  • Bread, Bagels
  • Pasta, with tomato sauce
  • Baked potatoes
  • Energy bar
  • Cereal with milk, Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Toast/ bread with a bit of peanut butter, lean meat, or cheese
  • Water

Drink up to 64 oz of water per day. The body must stay well hydrated for it to perform at its peak!

GPS Carolina

GPS Carolina is the latest entity within the Global Premier Soccer (GPS) network (globalpremiersoccer.com) that includes franchises in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. GPS Carolina will work alongside the current staff and board of Discoveries to further the club as the leading organization in the territory. Discoveries and CPS will immediately focus on developing the best players in the region and developing teams that can compete on a regional and national level.

“Discoveries are already respected as a leader in South Carolina,” said CPS Director of Soccer Paul Baber. “By combining resources and creating new programming across the whole of  South Carolina, we hope to further Discoveries’s brand and raise the level of player development within the state.”

GPS Carolina will work with Discoveries  to facilitate Discoveires powered by GPS  Early Development and  Youth Development Programs in various locations – Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Indian Land, Clover, Lake Wylie and Lancaster for players aged U8-U12.  Players will enter an integrated system from an early age with a clear development pathway, working with professionally licensed coaches and an age appropriate curriculum. This will lead to an improved player development system and the appropriate development environment for these players to introdude them to Discoveries Soccer Club.

“We were first attracted to a partnership with GPS as we saw the impact that Global Premier Soccer has had in Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, New York and New Hampshire” said Discoveries Executive Director David Carton. “The relationship with GPS will add quality coaches to our staff and provide a greater variety of programs for our players.”

For more information on GPS Carolina  please visit www.Carolinapremiersoccer.com  or contact GPS Carolina Manager Luke Krawczyk, luke@globalpremiersoccer.com or GPS Director of Soccer Paul Baber on pbaber@globalpremiersoccer.com.

For more information on Discoveries Soccer Club contact David Carton at doc@discoveriessoccerclub.org

Comporium Partnership

Discoveries Soccer Club is proud to announce Comporium as our newest club sponsor for the 2015/2016 season! We have reached an agreement which will see a presence from Comporium which permeates right through Discoveries programming, including official game day and practice shirt, DSC Tournaments, Recreation and community events, while also representing our NPSL team, FC Carolina Discoveries as the official Game Day Sponsor.

Executive Director Dave Carton on the partnership, “Comporium has been a Discoveries Club supporter for some time now, but we’ve taken their support to the next level with this new sponsorship. We are excited about our new partnership, and we encourage our membership to support those businesses who support our club.”

Comporium provides access to a broad range of communications services, including local telephone, long distance, wireless, cable TV, internet, security, and business advertising services. Please visit comporium.com to see how they can help you with your communications needs or call or stop by one of their nine retail locations.