Gulf Coast United Football Club is proud to announce its acceptance into the Gulf Coast Premier League (GCPL) for the 2020 summer season.
“Gulf Coast United is very excited to join the Gulf Coast Premier League,” said Board Chair Walt Himel. “Working with Port City FC we are looking forward to providing a top level team for Mississippi Coast soccer players to continue and enhance their playing careers, and to get ready for their college or professional seasons. The teams in the GCPL are many of the same teams our youth teams play in the Gulf States Premier League, so we believe it is a natural extension of what we currently offer.”
Port City FC board president, Steve Simkins, expressed Port City is very excited about this partnership with Gulf Coast United, and the ability to provide more opportunity for local college players to enhance their playing careers.
"Providing our local players an opportunity to play in both the National Premier Soccer League and the Gulf Coast Premier League is a dream come true for many of our high school and club coaches across the coast who have worked tirelessly to grow soccer in this area," Simkins said. "It is our hope the GCPL creates a women's league next year, so we can provide similar opportunity for our college age women on the coast."
Former William Carey All-American, Donevin Esterhuizen , and former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College All-American Olaide Yousef will coach the GCPL team. "I'm looking forward to putting together a collection of local talent from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, giving college age players the opportunity to continue to improve, and some of our former locals stars a place to continue their soccer careers," said Esterhuizen.
Tryouts for the team will be held on April 4th, at the Gulfport Sportsplex. The plan is to select approximately 25 players for the summer season that runs from early May to mid July. For more information, or updates, please check our website at www.gulfcoastunited.com.
Donevin Esterhuizen, is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa. He played junior professional soccer as an apprentice in South Africa. He was offered a four-year soccer scholarship to William Carey University in 1998. He served as a team captain and earned NAIA 1st Team All-American honors. He also played for the Orlando Kraze of the Premier Development League from 1999-2003.
He started coaching at Biloxi Express from 1999-2000. In his years at Biloxi Express he led two different teams to state championship titles. He joined the coaching staff of Gulf Coast United FC in 2005. In his years at GCUFC, he has led different teams to state championship titles, trips to regionals and college showcases.
He also has coached at various soccer summer camps since 1999 at UCF in Orlando, N.C. Greensboro, Pearl River Community College, Cocoa Beach F.C, International Soccer Camp in Biloxi and MS Gulf Coast Community College. In 2013, he was inducted into the William Carey Hall of Fame.
|Coach Donevin Esterhuizen|
|Coach Laidy Yusuf|