We are here for the youth, community and love of the game.

At FC Charleston we seek to re-affirm soccer as a community. We focus on developing well-rounded athletes, in a team-oriented environment where the club will feel like family and the emphasis is on group achievement and success. We foster a life-long love for the game, and in so doing forge life-long friendships, connections, and relationships that will extend far beyond the soccer pitch.

We want to unify the Lowcountry experience for youth in soccer. We are an affiliate of James Island Youth Soccer Club and have safe and quality field access across the Lowcountry.

We provide an affordable, safe, quality and innovative learning environment to stimulate an optimal culture to grow.


Integrity, Sportsmanship, Excellence and Empathy

Players are the central to what we do at FC Charleston. Players will participate with Self-Integrity to grow. Conduct Sportsmanship by playing the right way, knowing and following the rules, respecting all members of game and maintain self-control. Excellence in every aspect of the game from technical ball mastery, athletic development, tactical comprehension, psychological composure, and academic focus. Empathy in players' ability to understand and share the feelings of one another is essential to developing healthy and successful relationships. 


Commitment to a developmental pathway with the best interest of all players as priority.

Our coaching staff is the best and most experienced in the Lowcountry with over 50 years of combined coaching experience.  Our coaches hold coaching and playing experience from professional, collegiate, high school, and grass root ranks. Many of our coaches hold leadership positions in their respective professions that were originally fostered by a passion through the love of the game.

Diversity - We embrace and celebrate our differences because the game makes us one. Character - We honor, teach and develop the core values of honesty, loyalty, responsibility, selflessness, empathy, and discipline. Fun is the root that can make every soccer player a success translating to passion and love of the game to work hard, self-confidence and possess creativity. We promote Health and wellness to welcome experience in body, mind and spirit. We embrace technology and innovation to accessibility, make efficient, provide objective feedback, learning tools, and give players competitive advantage in their development journey.

Coaching Staff

Grace Clark
Grace Clark
Girls Academy Coach
From: Atlanta, GA
Education: BS, Elementary Education
Playing Experience: Charleston Southern University, 4 year starter 2016-2019; Rookie of the Year 2015-2016;
Coaching Experience: USAMP Sweet Feet Staff and Tryout Staff; No 1 Soccer Camp Staff Coach; Christi Rostin Soccer Camp Staff Coach
Professional Status: 3rd Grade Teacher at Daniel Island Elementary
Jake Kingston
Jake Kingston
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Girls Academy Coach
From: Pennsylvania
Education: BS Education, MBA, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Playing Experience: Hadleigh United FC, Suffolk England 2006-2009 - Manager Player of the Year 2008, Gannon University Erie Pa - 4 year starter - 1997-2001
Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach U16 & U18 Development Academy, South Carolina United Battery - 2009-2014,Head Lakenheath Ladies Football Club, Suffolk England - 2007-2009, Assistant Women’s Varsity and J.V. High School Coach Warren HS Pa - 2002-2004, Assistant Men’s Varsity Soccer Gannon University - 2001
Professional Status: Director of Rehab, NHC Healthcare
Sachin Patel
Vice President
Boys Academy Coach
From: Born- Leicestershire, UK, Raised- London, UK
Education: MSc in Bioinformatics University of Oxford, UK, BS in Mathematics from Augusta State University, BS in Computer Science from Augusta State University.
Coaching Education: UEFA "B", NSCAA GK level 1 & 2, League Managers Association, National Diploma of Coaching, English FA Senior Badge
Playing Experience: Semi-professional for Gillingham FC, Charlton Athletic F.C. Academy U14-U17.
Coaching Experience:FC Charleston 2020-Present, Porter Gaud Varsity Head Coach 2020-Present, SC Surf (USA/MP) Staff Coach 2012-2020, Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club Staff Coach & Academy 2000-2012, Youth Coach at Charlton Athletic, UK.1996-1998
Professional Status: Chief Technology Officer/Co-owner,,
Professional Link: LinkedIn
Brian Piesner
Brian Piesner
Board Member
Boys/Girls Academy Coach
From: Long Island, New York
Education: Rutgers University, Psychology
Playing Experience: Houston Texans U16 National Champions, Rutgers University 1996-1999, 1998 U21 National team camp NIKE facilities Portland Oregon, 1999 Central Jersey USL Premier Development Team, 1999 Pre-Season camp EPL Blackburn Rovers, 2000 MLS Super draft 46th overall pick Dallas Burn, 22nd pick Atlanta Silverbacks USL A-League draft, 2000 Atlanta Silverbacks USL A-League, 2001 Charleston Battery USL A-League, 2002 Atlanta Silverbacks USL A-League
Coaching Experience: 1996-1999 East Brunswich Soccer U8-U10, Orange County Soccer Club U9-U13, USAMP Boys/Girls 2018-2020
Professional Status: Owner & Operator Coastal Crust & Vintage Coffee Cafe
Nick Rivera
Nick Rivera
Board Member
Boys Academy Coach
From: Anderson, SC
Education: Charleston School of Law, Clemson
Playing Experience: Member of Region III ODP Pool, SC ODP, All South and All State selection. 3 year starter at Clemson University, helped lead the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 2001. Nick participated in four NCAA tournament appearances with two Elite 8 appearances and a Sweet 16 appearance. At Clemson, Nick earned several individual honors such as Coaches Achievement Award, Furman Invitation Defensive MVP, and Clemson Invitation All-Tournament Team.
Coaching Experience: Clemson Soccer Camp Staff Coach, Sweet Feet Staff Coach, FCC 2013B Coach
Professional Status: Partner at Young Clement Rivers, LLP
Christi Rostin
Christi Rostin
Girls Academy Coach
From: Summerville,SC
Education: BS, Charleston Southern University
Coaching Education: NSCAA National Diploma, USSF D License
Playing Experience: Played at Charleston Southern University 1997-2000
Coaching Experience: FC Charelston 2020-Present, SC ODP Staff 1998-2000, SC ODP Staff 2012, MPSC/SCUMP/USAMP 2002-2020, CSU Assistant Coach 2008-2020
Professional Status: Team Specialist, Lloyds Soccer
TJ Rostin
TJ Rostin
Girls Academy Coach
From: Mount Pleasant, SC
Education: Clemson University, Wando
Coaching Education: USSF D License
Playing Experience: T.J. grew up playing club soccer in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He played for Hungreyneck Soccer club and Trident United. Was a member of the 1997 SC State Championship team and played in the Region III championships. He was a member of the SC ODP State Team, All Lowcountry team and All-Region player in 1997 for Wando High School. Was also selected as Captain of the South team at the North/South All Star game in 1997.
Coaching Experience: T.J. has been coaching youth soccer in Mt. Pleasant for 16 years. He has coached both boys and girls at numerous levels during that time.
Professional Status: Recreation Director for the City of Goose Creek. President of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association in 2018.
Thad Shuler
Boys Academy Coach
From: Charleston, SC
Education: BS Clemson University, Industrial Management with Minor in German
Playing Experience: Played club soccer at Charleston FC, Trident United, and Hungryneck Soccer Club and team captain. Porter-Gaud High School 4 time State Champion team captain/MVP and Top 50 SC player. Recruited to Virginia Tech. Played collegiate club soccer and trained and played in Germany with multiple clubs
Coaching Experience: Coached off and on for 20 years with youth programs and assistant coach at Porter-Gaud girls varsity
Professional Status: CEO and President at Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp
Morgan Stuart
Boys Academy Coach
From: Charleston, SC
Education: BA Duke University, MD Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Neurological Surgery Columbia University
Playing Experience: 4-time SCISA state champion at Porter Gaud, St Andrews University Scotland 1998-99
Coaching Experience: 5 years local coaching experience ages 5-10, FC Charleston 2020-present.
Professional Status: A neurosurgeon with Roper St Francis, Dr. Stuart directs the Sports Concussion Program and manages student athletes across the Lowcountry with sports-related head injuries.
Brad Waite
Brad Waite
Girls Academy Coach
From: Medina, OH
Education: Walsh Jesuit HS (OH), Miami University (OH), College of Charleston (SC)
Coaching Education: NSCAA Premier, NSCAA Advanced National, NSCAA National, NSCAA Advanced Regional, NSCAA Regional, NSCAA State, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and II, USSF D
Playing Experience: Internationals Soccer Club(multiple Ohio N championships, Regional finalists, indoor national championships, 2 european tours, 1 mexican tour), nationally ranked high school team. Team Captain, State and Regional player honors
Coaching Experience: 20+ years in the lowcountry, club and high school. Multiple European tours, Sports injury prevention & First Responder certification
Professional Status: Currently registered practice associate at Ameriprise Financial, former Certified Special Education Teacher in Charleston County