Saints FC - Boys' Coaching Staff

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DAN FOUNTAIN

Boys' Director of Player Development

U6/U8 Co-ed

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JAZZMYN TUTHILL

U6/U8 Head Coach

Bio coming soon!

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SHANNON RAFFERTY

U6/U8 Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

U9

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JIM MITCHELL

U9 Head Coach

lax9869@gmail.com

Bio coming soon!

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NATE MITCHELL

U9 Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

U10

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SCOTT SPECIALE

U10 Head Coach
sspeciale17@gmail.com

Coach Speciale is the U10 Boys coach for Latham Saints. He has 20 years of coaching experience from ages u10 through U18 both boys and girls. He holds a National “D” license, Futsal State Level 2, and other topics coaching certification. He played collegiately at several colleges. He currently works as a Social Studies teacher for the State of New York.

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SAM UPSON

U10 Assistant Coach
upson2797@gmail.com 

Bio coming soon!

U12

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WALT HARTL

Coach Hartl has been involved with youth sports and the Latham Circle Soccer Club (LCSC) for 25 years. He’s been active as a volunteer, coach, board member, travel soccer program director, and currently serves as President Emeritus of LCSC. Coach Hartl has coached for 25 years for both boys and girls, at all ages and (U8 to U16) and skill levels from recreational to competitive, most recently with the LCSC U16 boys for the 2019-2020 seasons and prior to that he coached with Shaker Varsity Head Coach, Dan Fountain at the LCSC U14 level for 3 years. Coach Hartl has a USSF F License as well as several other coaching certifications. Additionally, he is a certified American Red Cross Instructor for CPR and First Aid. Coach Hartl also played Division 1 Soccer for Siena and is an avid soccer fan!

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JAMES GORMAN

Coach Gorman is the U12 boy’s coach and previously was the U16 boys' coach, coaching in that role since 2019. He comes to LCSC with over 30 years of coaching and playing experience. He was born and raised in Latham and grew up playing Latham Circle Soccer and for Shaker High School. In high school, he was a starting defenseman. He coached for Latham Circle in college from 2005-2007 before taking some time off to start a family and launch his teaching career. Professionally, Jim Gorman is a Special Education and Math teacher at Scotia Glenville High School and has worked there since 2013. Prior to that, he worked at Shaker High School for 8 years.

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MARCUS NAVARRO

U12 Head Coach
marcusqnavarro@gmail.com 

Bio coming soon!

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EVAN AUSTIN

U12 Assistant Coach
ecaustin2002@gmail.com

Bio coming soon!

U14

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SEAN DUFORT

U14 Head Coach: Bayern
sm09dufo@gmail.com

Sean Dufort is the U14 Boys' coach for Latham Saints FC, and also the Boys' JV Head Coach at Shaker High School - both since 2019. He has been coaching at the club since 2017, previously working with the U11 & U12 Boys. Coach Dufort played for LCSC from the age of 4 until he was 16. He played under Coach Fountain at Shaker, as a goalkeeper, during the 2012 & 2013 seasons. During his senior season, Coach Dufort helped lead the team to a 14-4 overall record and season-high ranking of 3rd in NYS. He then went on to Siena College, where he was in the class that founded the Siena Men's Club Soccer team. Coach Dufort was the starting goalkeeper for their inaugural competitive season in 2017 as a senior, leading the team to a 4-4 record. Coach Dufort is a big Barcelona fan, with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp being influences on his coaching philosophy.

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MATT SPECIALE

U14 Head Coach: Dortmund

specia67@yahoo.c

Coach Speciale is the coach for the Latham Saints FC Dortmund team. Coach Speciale has a Grassroots license with eight years of experience coaching Travel and Rec soccer. In his playing days, he started for two years on the Shaker Varsity team and played for Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY New Paltz. Coach Speciale is also a branch manager at SEFCU.

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DAN FOUNTAIN

U14 Assistant Coach
danfountain5@gmail.com

Coach Fountain is the Latham Saints Director of Player Development for the boy’s teams and has been in that role since 2019. Since 2012 he has also coached the Latham Saints Boys U13/U14 teams. Coach Fountain is also the Shaker Boys Varsity Coach since 2012. As Varsity Head Coach, he has become the all-time winningest coach in Shaker soccer history. While at Shaker he has been privileged to coach and help over a dozen division 1 and over 40 division 2 and 3 athletes get recruited for college soccer. Coach Fountain has multiple national licenses and special topics diplomas from USSF and USC. In his playing days, he was a 3 time, 1st Team All-Star at his high school in Buffalo, and played Division 1 soccer at Oneonta. Coach Fountain is also a US History and Economics teacher at Shaker High School. Coach Fountain emphasizes academic achievement, volunteering, and having fun in addition to improving as soccer players. His favorite saying; “Have Fun & Get Better”.

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HUNTER WITZENBURG

U14 Assistant Coach
 

Bio coming soon!

U16

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DAN FOUNTAIN

U16 Head Coach: Crew
danfountain5@gmail.com

Coach Fountain is the Latham Saints Director of Player Development for the boy’s teams and has been in that role since 2019. Since 2012 he has also coached the Latham Saints Boys U13/U14 teams. Coach Fountain is also the Shaker Boys Varsity Coach since 2012. As Varsity Head Coach, he has become the all-time winningest coach in Shaker soccer history. While at Shaker he has been privileged to coach and help over a dozen division 1 and over 40 division 2 and 3 athletes get recruited for college soccer. Coach Fountain has multiple national licenses and special topics diplomas from USSF and USC. In his playing days, he was a 3 time, 1st Team All-Star at his high school in Buffalo, and played Division 1 soccer at Oneonta. Coach Fountain is also a US History and Economics teacher at Shaker High School. Coach Fountain emphasizes academic achievement, volunteering, and having fun in addition to improving as soccer players. His favorite saying; “Have Fun & Get Better”.

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COLLIN BIDDINGS

U16 Head Coach: Union

collinbiddings1224@gmail.com

Coach Biddings began his coaching career in 2020 and continues to educate himself and focus on increasing his knowledge and expertise to advance in his career. Collin began playing soccer as a child at the age of 6, and fell in love with sport as he gained more experience. When he entered high school he became a member of the varsity team at Catholic High School. Later he transferred to Shaker High School where he played varsity soccer in his junior and senior year. While at Shaker, in his junior year, the team took home a sectional win. Collin played predominantly forward and midfield positions and is also skilled in back positions. The skills he learned as a player have allowed him to easily transition into the role of a coach. If you were to ask Collin what his favorite thing about coaching he would say, “witnessing the growth of not only skill but also the confidence that the players gain each time they play. That confidence not only is apparent on the field, but it also transitions to and can be applied to life. ” What Collin likes most about coaching for LCSC is that LCSC creates a friendly family atmosphere and is welcoming to all that want to improve their soccer skills and capabilities. Collin believes that a great soccer player possesses three traits; the ability to communicate, willingness to work with your team, and maintaining a positive attitude in an effort to enjoy the sport and become a competitive player.

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SEAN DUFORT

U16 Assistant Coach
sm09dufo@gmail.com

Sean Dufort is the U16 Boys' assistant coach for Latham Saints FC, and also the Boys' JV Head Coach at Shaker High School - both since 2019. He has been coaching at the club since 2017, previously working with the U11 & U12 Boys. Coach Dufort played for LCSC from the age of 4 until he was 16. He played under Coach Fountain at Shaker, as a goalkeeper, during the 2012 & 2013 seasons. During his senior season, Coach Dufort helped lead the team to a 14-4 overall record and season-high ranking of 3rd in NYS. He then went on to Siena College, where he was in the class that founded the Siena Men's Club Soccer team. Coach Dufort was the starting goalkeeper for their inaugural competitive season in 2017 as a senior, leading the team to a 4-4 record. Coach Dufort is a big Barcelona fan, with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp being influences on his coaching philosophy.

U19

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RYAN EAGAN

U19 Head Coach
ryaneagan99@gmail.com

Coach Eagan is currently the head coach for the U19 Boys' team. Ryan is a 2018 graduate of Shaker High School where he was a 3-year varsity starter, 2-year captain, 2-time All-Suburban Council First Team, and 2-time team MVP. He also helped lead the Blue Bison to a league and sectional title. Ryan Played LCSC soccer from 2008-2010 and Blackwatch Premier from 2010-2018. In his time as a player, he played in high-level showcases and tournaments across the country, as well as playing against professional teams. Ryan was offered several division 1 playing opportunities out of high school. Ryan also continues to train with the Shaker varsity team over the last few seasons. He also helps to run the Beestera Soccer and Blackwatch Grassroots Program summer camps.

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CHRISTIAN PINTI

U19 Assistant Coach
cpinti17@gmail.com

Coach Pinti is the Latham Saints U19 Boys' assistant coach and has been coaching with LCSC since 2019. Coach Pinti is also the Shaker Boys Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach and has been working with the Blue Bison since 2019. Coach Pinti played 3 years of Varsity soccer for his high school and Division 3 soccer for The Sage Colleges where he earned all-conference awards during his 2014 season. Coach Pinti loves playing the game but he definitely loves coaching even more because he gets to pass down his knowledge and experiences to the players he works with hoping they will absorb what was taught to them and use it during their soccer careers.

Goalkeeping

U18

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SEAN DUFORT

Head Goalkeeping Coach
sm09dufo@gmail.com

Sean Dufort is the Boys' goalkeeping coach for Latham Saints FC, and also the Boys' JV Head Coach at Shaker High School - both since 2019. He has been coaching at the club since 2017, previously working with the U11 & U12 Boys. Coach Dufort played for LCSC from the age of 4 until he was 16. He played under Coach Fountain at Shaker, as a goalkeeper, during the 2012 & 2013 seasons. During his senior season, Coach Dufort helped lead the team to a 14-4 overall record and season-high ranking of 3rd in NYS. He then went on to Siena College, where he was in the class that founded the Siena Men's Club Soccer team. Coach Dufort was the starting goalkeeper for their inaugural competitive season in 2017 as a senior, leading the team to a 4-4 record. Coach Dufort is a big Barcelona fan, with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp being influences on his coaching philosophy.

U18

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RYAN EAGAN

Assistant Goalkeeping Coach
ryaneagan99@gmail.com

Coach Eagan is currently the head coach for the U19 Boys' team. Ryan is a 2018 graduate of Shaker High School where he was a 3-year varsity starter, 2-year captain, 2-time All-Suburban Council First Team, and 2-time team MVP. He also helped lead the Blue Bison to a league and sectional title. Ryan Played LCSC soccer from 2008-2010 and Blackwatch Premier from 2010-2018. In his time as a player, he played in high-level showcases and tournaments across the country, as well as playing against professional teams. Ryan was offered several division 1 playing opportunities out of high school. Ryan also continues to train with the Shaker varsity team over the last few seasons. He also helps to run the Beestera Soccer and Blackwatch Grassroots Program summer camps.

U18

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CHRISTIAN PINTI

Assistant Goalkeeping Coach
cpinti17@gmail.com

Coach Pinti is the Latham Saints U19 Boys' assistant coach and has been coaching with LCSC since 2019. Coach Pinti is also the Shaker Boys Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach and has been working with the Blue Bison since 2019. Coach Pinti played 3 years of Varsity soccer for his high school and Division 3 soccer for The Sage Colleges where he earned all-conference awards during his 2014 season. Coach Pinti loves playing the game but he definitely loves coaching even more because he gets to pass down his knowledge and experiences to the players he works with hoping they will absorb what was taught to them and use it during their soccer careers.