Pearl River CC - Head Coach
Drew Gallant is in his fourth season as head coach of the PRCC men’s soccer program. The Hattiesburg native is a 2001 graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete competing in football, soccer, golf, tennis and track. He was an All-Division and All-State performer in football and soccer.
After high school, Gallant spent one season at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where he led the men’s soccer team in assists and was second in total points.
After a year away from college, Gallant attended PRCC in 2003-04 where he was an NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention after scoring 27 goals and registering 24 assists; both marks were not only the second-highest totals in the nation but are school records. He was named to the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
He then played two seasons at William Carey College, during which time the Crusaders were ranked in the nation’s Top 25 in NAIA. He earned a BS in social science in 2007 and his Master’s degree in sports administration in 2015, both from Carey.
Gallant’s coaching career began while he was still a student at Carey in 2006, serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Jones County Junior College. He was at JCJC for two seasons, then took over in 2008 as head soccer coach, both boys and girls, at FCAHS. He also served as an assistant football coach for the Aggies.
He served at FCAHS for three seasons before taking over as men’s and women’s soccer coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College, a position he held for five seasons before coming to Pearl River.
Gallant had a triumphant return to The River and in 2017 claimed the school's sixth MACJC State Championship. At the conclusion of the season, Gallant was named Coach of the Year by the MACJC, NJCAA Region XXIII and Mississippi Association of Coaches.
The Wildcats saw continued success under Gallant in his second season where the team posted an 11-4 record and advanced to the MACJC tournament.
Gallant is married to the former Katelyn Doyle of Pearl River and has two sons, Landon and Bryce.
UNCG - Assistant Coach
Scott Wells is in his first season as assistant coach for the men's soccer program. Wells joined UNCG after spending two seasons with the University of Charleston.
Wells spent the past two seasons as the top assistant for the University of Charleston’s men’s soccer team, where he helped guide the Golden Eagles to two Sweet Sixteen appearances and a DII National Championship in 2017.
During his first season with Charleston, the Golden Eagles earned an overall record of 21-1-2 before defeating Lynn University in the National Championship 3-1 on penalty kicks. Last season, Charleston collected a record of 18-1-2, before falling to West Chester 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the Sweet Sixteen defeat, Charleston did not trail the entire season, outscoring opponents 54-3.
Prior to his time at Charleston, Wells spent a year with the Tennessee Soccer Club as the Assistant Director of Coaching and Player Development.
Wells began his duties in the coaching ranks with the University of Rio Grande, starting as a graduate assistant before being promoted to the top assistant coach position. In 2015, Rio Grande earned a national title after being ranked No. 1 the previous season.
In addition to his role as assistant coach for UNCG men’s soccer, Wells is also the Director of Soccer for Camp Winadu.
Wells earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Limestone College before receiving his M.E.D. with a focus on Collegiate Leadership from Rio Grande.
Mississippi College - Assistant Coach
Carl Sheard enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Mississippi College men's soccer program.
Before moving to Mississippi College, Sheard played for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2004-07. As a player, Sheard was a three-time All-Conference selection and was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American in 2007, after helping the Eagles to the Elite 8 of the NAIA National Tournament. In his four seasons, the Eagles played in four NAIA National Tournaments and won four conference titles.
Sheard received his Bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle in Business Administration in 2008, and also earned a Master's Degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at Mississippi College in 2011.
Before coming to the United States, Sheard played at the highest level of youth soccer in England, the F.A. Youth Premier League, with the Derby County Football Club in 2002-04.
Sheard currently holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma along with a USSF National "C' License.
James "Gleddy" Gledhill
Belhaven University - Assistant Coach
James Gledhill is in his first season as the Assistant Coach for the Belhaven University Men’s Soccer Program.
A native of Huddersfield, England, Gledhill joins the Blazers' staff following two years as the men’s assistant coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure with the Owls, Temple boasted a 19-14-2 record including back to back winning seasons and an AAC Conference semi-final appearance. The Owls accomplished 8 All-AAC conference selections including MLS Draft Pick, Jorge Gomez Sanchez. In both years Gledhill helped the team receive NSCAA All-Academic team awards, including Alex Cagle receiving Temple University Scholar Athlete of the year.
Previous to joining Temple, Gledhill spent four years as the head coach at Holmes Community College. During his tenure with the Lady Bulldogs, Gledhill led the team to two runners-up spots in the MACJC North Division Conference.
Prior to his years at Holmes, Gledhill spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Mississippi College. Whilst there the Choctaws were ASC runners-up, nationally ranked for the first time and boasted 11 Academic All-Americans.
In 2005, Gledhill played a professional season with the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina, where he was a leading goal scorer for the team.
In his college career, Gledhill spent three seasons at the University of Mobile where he became a two-time All-American and led the Rams to their first-ever National Championship as a senior in 2002. During the NAIA National Tournament that year, Gledhill was named the Tournament MVP. In his three seasons with the Rams, Gledhill was the top scorer for the team in two of those years.
In 2001, as a junior in college, Gledhill spent one year at Fairfield University. During his season with the Stags, Gledhill set the school record for goals scored in a single season and led the conference in scoring, propelling the Stags to their highest ever NCAA D1 ranking of #12 in the nation.
Gledhill graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor's degree in communications in 2003. In 2008 he obtained his Masters in Applied Communications from Mississippi College.
Currently, Gledhill holds four coaching licenses that include a USSF A License, a UEFA B License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a National Youth License.
University of Mobile - Head Coach
Daniel Whelan begins his third season at the helm of the UMobile men’s soccer program in 2016 after earning SSAC Coach of the Year honors in 2014 and leading the team to back-to-back SSAC Regular Season Championships. He previously spent five seasons at UMobile as assistant coach, with prior stops at Spring Hill and Embry-Riddle.
Pearl River CC
Thomas Keen was hired as Pearl River Community College’s men and women’s assistant soccer coach in July of 2017.
A native of Liverpool, England, in his first year with the Wildcats he helped lead the men’s program to a sixth MACJC State Championship; plus an undefeated MACJC regular season for the PRCC women.
Keen helped lead both the men and women teams to the MACJC tournament in his second season in 2018.
Keen joined the Wildcats' staff following two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio. During his tenure with the Redstorm, the program won the 2015-16 NAIA National Championships and finished the 2016-17 NAIA National Runners Up, winning both the 2015 KIAC regular season and conference tournament as well as the 2016 River States Conference regular season and conference tournament. In May 2017, Keen also graduated with a masters in education with an emphasis in coaching leadership from Rio Grande.
Prior to his years at Rio Grande, Keen was a player-assistant coach during the 2015 NPSL season with the Upward Stars and helped take the program to the second round of the US Open Cup. Keen was also the head coach of the Charleston FC U17 boys and U16 girls. There he coached the majority of the boys from George Washington High school (Charleston, WV) who subsequently finished their 2016 season ranked #12th in the US High School Soccer Rankings.
In his college career, Keen spent 4 years at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. As a senior, Keen's Saints reached the NSCAA DII Sweet Sixteen, matching the program's best record since 2008. Keen graduated Limestone with a bachelors degree in both physical education and sports management, as well as a minor in coaching.
Seton Hall - Assistant Coach
Seton Hall men’s soccer and head coach Andreas Lindberg announced the addition of Ali Simmons to the coaching staff ahead of the 2019 campaign. Simmons will join The Hall as an assistant coach by way of Barry University.
Simmons has been a member of the coaching staffs that won each of the last two NCAA Division II national titles. He was an assistant at Barry for the 2018 campaign and helped the Bucs to a 16-4-3 record and the Division II national title. In 2017, he was an assistant at the University of Charleston in West Virginia and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 21-1-1 record and the aforementioned title.
Simmons was a member of the United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year the last two years, earning the honor on staff at Charleston and again at Barry.
Previously, he had served as the director of football and men's first-team head coach at Brunel University in London, England, where he had previously been an assistant coach. He was voted coach of the year for 2016-17.
He has also served as an analyst at Football Radar, helping develop a world-leading scouting software. He was a senior lecturer and lead coach at ProFootball Academies, the director of coaching at Seashore Youth Soccer Leagues and the youth technical director at the United States Sports Academy in North Carolina.
He holds an NSCAA National Diploma and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1. He is also certified by UEFA with a B License and A Preparation Course.
Simmons is a 2010 graduate of Brunel with a degree in sport sciences (coaching).
William Carey - Head Coach
Barry Farrell recently completed his Fourth year as Head coach of the William Carey University Men’s soccer program. In the 4 years as Head Coach of William Carey, Farrell holds a 70-6-9 overall record and a 34-2-4 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Between the 2017 and 2018 seasons William Carey University spent 14 weeks as the # 1 ranked team in the nation. Farrell has guided the crusaders to win 6 overall SSAC Championships in the last 4 years. (3 SSAC League titles & 3 SSAC Conference Tournament Championships).
Farrell has led William Carey to the NAIA National Championship Final site all 4 years. (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).