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.