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.
|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|
|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|
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!
We had an amazing turnout for our tryouts! Thank you for your continued support!
For anyone that missed tryouts but is still interested in playing ....
Send us a message or email @ GCUDIRECTOR@GMAIL.COM.
Please include player’s gender and birth year so we can forward your information to the correct coach.
|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|
|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|
|2007||Drew Gallant/Steve Miller|
|2006||Carl Blundell/Steve Simkins|
|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. https://www.memphis901fc.com/raul-gonzalez
Gulf Coast United
PO Box 391, Gulfport, MS 39502