Ptah Myers – Head Men’s Coach, Philadelphia University
William Thorton – Assistant Men’s Coach, Philadelphia University
George Dunbar – Head Women’s Coach, Philadelphia University
Pat Morris – Assistant Men’s Coach, St. Joseph’s University & MISL Pro
Rob Nydick – Head Men’s Coach, Arcadia University
Shane Rineer – Head Men’s Coach, Haverford College
Dave Castellanos – Head Men’s and Women’s Coach, Penn State University – Abington
Anthony Maher – MISL Pro
Shawn Boney – MLS, MISL Pro
Kevin Coleman – MISL Pro
Jeremy Ortiz – MISL Pro
Ptah Myers enters his third season as the leader of the Philadelphia University men’s soccer program in 2012.
In his first two seasons as the head coach as the Rams’ coach, the team has compiled a record of 17-16-3. Under his direction, three players have been named to the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) team—including two-time first-team selection Ryan Purnell—and six players made the CACC Fall All-Academic Team. In 2010, the Rams went 12-5-3 and reached the semifinal round of the CACC Championship Tournament.
The 12th head coach in the men’s soccer program’s history, Myers came to Philadelphia University on Feb. 16, 2010 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Villanova University for one season.
Myers brings 11 years of professional playing experience to the Rams, capped by two stints on the U.S. Futsal National Team. In 2008 the U.S. qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. The team finished third in Group A during the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.A nine-year veteran in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), Myers has recorded 78 career goals and 37 career assists with three different teams. He spent seven years as a midfielder with the Philadelphia KiXX, including the team’s championship season in 2007. After spending the 2010-11 season with the Chicago Riot, Myers played this past season as a defender for the Baltimore Blast.
Before playing in the MISL, Myers was with the Albany Blackwatch Highlanders of the Premier Development League in 2004 and the Virginia Beach Mariners of the United Soccer Leagues First Division in 2005.
In college Myers was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection at the University of Massachusetts. As a junior Myers was tabbed all-A-10 second team after recording eight goals and a career-high seven assists. One year later he was named first-team all-conference and All-New England with a nine-goal, three-assist season. In 2001, Myers tallied nine goals and three assists to help the Minutemen win the conference title and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Myers—a 2005 graduate with a degree in psychology—is seventh in UMass history with 70 career points, and ninth with 27 career goals and 16 career assists.
Myers—who owns a United States Soccer Federation “B” license—has served as the director of the KiXX Summer Camp since 2006. He also coaches in Lower Merion Soccer Club and is the Academy Director for the Philly Futsal Academy.
Coach Dunbar has led the Lady Rams to a new level of success under his tutelage, as his squads have earned four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) regular-season championships, a CACC Championship runner-up finish and an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) title.
In 2009 the Lady Rams were 13-5-3 overall and an undefeated 8-0-3 in the CACC-earning a regular-season championship. Dunbar’s student-athletes achieved many honors in ’09 including CACC ‘Rookie of the Year’ Trisha Sileo, and All-Conference selections Sileo, Kelli Kowalewski and Cari Schenkel. He also had two Lady Rams named to the CACC All-Tournament Team.
In just 12 seasons with the program, Dunbar is the all-time leader in women’s soccer coaching victories at the University with a 132-69-29 record through ’09, more than tripling the mark previously held by Chris Turner and Ray Goon.
At PhilaU, Dunbar focuses on the overall student-athlete experience, taking his teams to play internationally in such countries as Germany and Costa Rica. He also currently has two CACC All-Academic players on the PhilaU roster, who have 3.5 GPA or higher.
Dunbar has an extensive background in soccer coaching and instruction. Prior to coming to the University as an assistant coach in 1998, he served as an assistant to the boy’s varsity soccer team at Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. He also coached the girl’s varsity soccer team at Shawnee for six years (winning the conference championship 4 times). Dunbar has extensive experience coaching at the club level and the WPSL and holds the NSCAA “C” License and the Advanced National License
A 1979 graduate of Glassboro State, Dunbar also served as head coach of the Burlington County College men’s team from 1982 to 1990 and was the assistant men’s coach at his alma mater in 1979. Dunbar resides in Medford, NJ with his wife Kim and daughters Avery and Olivia.
Pat Morris, a defender with the Philadelphia KiXX, rejoins former teammate and coach Don D’Ambra for his first season on the men’s soccer coaching staff in 2010.
Morris’ professional career with the KiXX has spanned 11 years and he is a seven-time All-League selection. The team’s captain for the past eight years, he earned the MISL’s Defender of the Year award twice and helped the KiXX to league titles in both 2001 and 2007. He has played in over 300 games and scored more than 150 goals in his career thus far.
Along with playing for the KiXX, Morris became a Philadelphia KiXX camp instructor in 2001 and a site director after his first two years.
A former standout at Philadelphia University, Morris was a four-time All-Soccer Seven selection and was the Soccer Seven MVP as a senior. A 1998 graduate with a degree in finance, he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Morris, a native of Philadelphia, owns more than 30 international caps as a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team, and has participated in the World Championships, the Pan-American Games and a CONCACAF qualifier.
Rob Nydick recently concluded his second season as Head Coach for the men’s soccer program. Nydick is the 6th head coach in the program’s history as an NCAA Division III sport, and will also serve as the transportation and scheduling coordinator for the department.
In his first season at the helm, Nydick transformed a team that went from 6-12 overall and 1-5 in the Commonwealth Conference during the 2008 season to 12-6-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the league in 2009. That same season, his team made it to the Commonwealth Conference championship game and Nydick was tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year. During the 2010 season, the team finished 11-8 overall and went 5-2 in the Commonwealth, where they made the post-season for the second straight season. With two seasons under his belt, Nydick guided the program to a 23-14 overall record including a 9-3-2 showing against their Commonwealth Conference opponents. In this short time, his student-athletes have earned 5 Commonwealth First Team nods, 2 Second Team selections, 19 All Academic honors for the Middle Atlantic Conference, one student-athlete named Co-SIDA/ESPN Academic All District, one to the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic 3rd Team and one named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All Academic Team.
Shane Rineer begins his second season at the helm of the Haverford College men’s soccer team in 2012.
In his first year as a collegiate head coach, Rineer received the Chris Jones ‘Coach of the Year’ Award at the 40th Annual Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association awards banquet to become the 28th coach in the SPSCA’s history to receive the honor.
In 2011, Rineer’s squad ended the season on a nine game unbeaten streak, not having lost since Oct. 1. The No.5-seeded Fords fell in the conference championship in a 1-1 tie which ended in penalty kicks (3-2) to host and No.1-seed Johns Hopkins. The final team record read 11-5-2, 5-4 CC. Coach Rineer had 14 student-athletes named to the all-conference and/or all-academic teams.
In 2010, Rineer was an assistant coach at Amherst College. He was responsible for scouting, game plan development, training and film analysis for a Lord Jeffs team that was 13-2-4 and reached the third round of the NCAA Division III championship tournament.
Before joining the Amherst staff, Rineer was a two-year assistant coach for Division I Villanova University. As the leader of the team’s player development program, he helped the Wildcats earn their first ever Big East tournament home game in 2009. Rineer also had a hand in the program’s training, scouting, film breakdown and recruiting.
Rineer’s collegiate coaching career began with a two-year stint at Eastern University. In 2007, he helped lead the Eagles to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) title and an NCAA tournament appearance.
A 2006 graduate of Eastern with a degree in early childhood education, Rineer earned All-PAC honors in 2004 and 2005. He was a member of the 2003 and 2005 PAC championship teams that went to the NCAA tournament.
William Thornton is in his first season as Philadelphia University’s assistant coach in 2011. He is a native of York, Pennsylvania and a graduate of West York High School.
Throughout his high school career Thornton has had the opportunity to represent numerous teams such as: Eastern Pennsylvania ODP, Region 1 ODP, U18 Men’s National Team, and club team FC Delco. While playing for FC Delco Thornton won two Youth National Championships in 1998 and 2000.
In college, Thornton spent four seasons at the University of Connecticut, where as a freshman helped the Huskies to the Final Four in 1999, only to lose in the fourth overtime. In 2000, UConn returned to the Final Four and captured the crown to win secure a national championship.
William currently coaches a U16 boy’s team at the United German Hungarian club. He attends Drexel University as a student in the M.S. in Sports Management.
In his fifth season with the men and women’s soccer teams, Coach David Castellanos has high expectations from both teams. “Our goal for the men’s program this season is to win the division. The maturing women’s team is expected to finish well above the 500 mark this season.” This is no ordinary request from coach Castellanos, as he sets his goals each season to improve as a mentor and leader.
Born in Fairfax, Virigina, David Castellanos found a love for soccer at an early age. He would place a strong marker on himself to make the under 20 US National Team, and that he did twice. Maturing into a more profound player, Castellanos would take his talents to the NCAA D-I stage as he became a member of the University of Connecticut’s men’s soccer team, where he would have an immediate impact on the program. He was a starter on the Huskies NCAA D-I National Championship Team in 2000 and in 2001 he was selected as an All-American. As his senior year of college came to a close his opportunity as a professional soccer player arose.
In 2002 Castellanos would travel to Honduras, where he would play for the CD Montague team. Two years would pass and with much knowledge gained he would begin his professional career in the US. Castellanos would commit to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2004, but would soon find his true home in 2006 when he made a firm decision to join the Philadelphia Kixx organization, to which he is still dedicated too.
David graduated in 2003 from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. He is currently residing in Philadelphia.
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Born in Tacarigua, Trinidad, Boney stands 6-foot-7 and is listed at 265 pounds. He is a winner of three indoor championships, one while playing for the Cleveland Crunch (1998-99) and twice as a member of the KiXX (2001-02, 2006-07).
A Southern Connecticut State alumnus, Boney was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 1997 Major League Soccer College Draft. He made his indoor debut later that year with Cleveland and was named to the All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of that season. He remained with the team for three years, including a championship run in his second season. After starting the 2000-01 season with the Detroit Rockers, Boney was acquired by Philadelphia via a trade. He then patrolled the turf for the KiXX for seven years and helped bring the City of Brotherly Love a pair of league titles.
Boney joined the expansion Orlando Sharks in 2008 and made an immediate impact to the first-year side upon his arrival, recording nine goals and seven assists. The Trinidadian striker then spent last season with the New Jersey Ironmen, recording three goals and four assists for 10 points in 12 matches. In 258 career regular season games, he has notched 128 goals to go with 96 assists and 116 blocks.
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Drafted first overall in the territorial round from LaSalle University by the New Jersey Ironmen in the 2008 MISL Amateur Draft … Threetime A-10 All-Conference Team member, Named to Philadelphia Soccer 7 team three-times, named Regional All-American in 2006 … attended Lenape High School in Medford, NJ…
Personal: Lists favorite soccer moment as reaching the conference fi nals with Lasalle during freshman year … Favorite team: Barcelona, Favorite Player: Lionel Messi, Favorite Non-Soccer Athlete: Floyd Mayweather Jr. … Lists 300 as favorite movie and Family Guy as favorite TV show…