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South Mississippi's Premier Select Soccer Program

Gulf Coast United Futbol Club

Founded in 2003, Gulf Coast United Futbol Club is dedicated to providing players of demonstrated ability the opportunity to compete successfully at the highest possible level of soccer by providing the most competitive environment for our athletes to develop as players while emphasizing discipline, sportsmanship and character. The club is dedicated to promoting the sport of soccer and to the development of players that want to compete at the highest level possible. The club will focus primarily on skill development and training by offering the best coaching available in the region.

Class of 2020

Sydney Salter University of South Alabama
Paige Palazzo University of West Florida
Edie Gage University of West Florida
Loren Winters East Central Community College
Seline Decoteau East Central Community College
Erin Clifford Pearl River Community College
Bailey Smith Pearl River Community College
Aubrie Edwards Pearl River Community College
Katie Havard Pearl River Community College
Sydney Spataro Pearl River Community College
Caragan Childs Jones College
Rafal Jakubowicz Pearl River Community College
Kayley Holloway Holmes Community College
Adam Holland Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Gabe Evans Meridian Community College
Caleb Self Holmes Community College
Marcel Hopson Holmes Community College
Joey Green Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
KJ Mack Jones College
Evann Buck Southwest Mississippi Community College
Additional signings TBA

Major Colleges that Gulf Coast United players have signed with:

Memphis University Northern Illinois University University of Mobile
University of Southern Mississippi Mississippi State University University of Mississippi
University of Alabama UAB Troy University
University of South Alabama William Carey University Belhaven
Southeastern Louisiana University University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe
Millsaps Mississippi College Delta State University
University of Alabama Birminham The W Birmingham Southern University
Springhill College University of West Florida

Class of 2020 College Signings


GCU News

Last December one of Gulf Coast United Futbol Club’s 2005 girls, Jessica Lawrence, was invited to train at the US Club Soccer id2 National Training Camp in Chula Vista, California. Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified, developed, and scouted for inclusion in US Soccer’s National Team programs. Jessica describes her experience below.

In December I was invited to train nationally at the US Club Soccer Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California.  Being chosen for this was exciting but the opportunity to get to go wouldn’t have been possible without the full support of my coach, guidance from the team manager, and sponsorship from Gulf Coast United. 

The experience of training in Chula Vista is one I will remember for the rest of my life!  I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future.  The 4-day camp was fast paced in which there were multiple training sessions throughout the day.  I learned new skills and practiced with players from all over the country. A normal day at the camp started with waking up and walking to the cafeteria to eat, go to training, eat lunch, go to training, eat dinner, then talk with all of the players and coaches about the day and what needs to be done for the next. The trainings consisted of mostly field movement and how to quickly switch the ball from defense to offense and how to properly play different positions on the field.  We also learned about sportsmanship and leadership off the field, where coaches discussed our role on our different teams. The most important day was the last day, where all the girls would be scrimmaging one another and recruiters and coaches would watch. The training showed me where I needed to go with improving skills and what level I could possibly achieve.

GCU is very supportive of their players and here is the proof. Up until COVID-19, I have played soccer non-stop since I was 7. I had never been severely injured up until a week before this training camp when I sprained my ankle.  Although I healed enough to still attend training, I was worried about how I would represent my hometown and GCU.  I expressed my concern to “Chic”, GCU’s Director of Coaching.  His response to me was “I’m sorry you are not 100%.  I hope you can still show them what you’ve got and have a lot of fun there!”  I didn’t get to fully express my capabilities however I’m very grateful I got the opportunity to train at such a high level and to meet many players and coaches with a lot of experience. 

Thank you, Coach Pryor, and Gulf Coast United for helping me get to go train nationally!

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2020/2021 coaching assignments

2013 East Gordon Waters
2012-2011 East Natalie Colle
2010 East Mike Martin
2009 East Natalie Colle
2013-2012 West Danny Patton
2010-2011 West Henrik Madsen/Angela McClure
2009 West Tanner Smith
2008 Chris Pryor
2007 Maggie Daniels
2006 Glenn Hopkins
2005 Chris Pryor
2004 Todd Moniz
2002/2003 Henrik Madsen

2020/2021 coaching assignments

2012/2013 East Gordon Waters
2011 East Pat Hayes
2010 East Steve Broussard
2009 East Jeff French
2012-2013 West Laddie Yusuf
2011 West Jesse Vincent
2010 West Jesse Vincent
2009 West Oleg Chichkanov/Shane Kowalksi
2008 Zach Villarrubia
2007 Drew Gallant/Steve Miller
2006 Carl Blundell/Steve Simkins
2005 Eric Kravette
2004 Donevin Esterhuizen
2002/2003 Oleg Chichkanov/Shane Kowalksi


Oleg Baleev Malcolm Smith Byron Clarke
Hillary Ladner Steve Kerns

Former GCU standout, Raul "Chino" Gonzalez, playing professional soccer with Memphis 901 FC.

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Gulf Coast United
PO Box 391, Gulfport, MS 39502