Paladin Soccer Coaching Staff
Every coach on our staff holds a coaching certification from one of the soccer governing bodies (US Soccer Federation or NSCAA) Every coach has also passed a criminal background check and played at elite levels of club and college soccer.
Emily Turgeon, M.Ed. Founder and Owner
With an outstanding background as a Division I All-American soccer player, a semi-professional athlete in the WPSL (Oak City FC and Piedmont Spark), a competitve USAPL powerlifter, NAS Strongman, and more than 15 years of coaching experience, Emily Turgeon brings both her passion and her expertise to the weight room and the soccer field. She will help you elevate your game to its zenith!
Emily was a NSCAA High School All American at Cardinal Gibbons High School and played at the highest levels within her youth Olympic Development Program. (Region III team and U21 National Team Pool) With God’s grace and amazing familial support, she earned a full scholarship to Furman University where she set the All-Time Goals record as well as a NCAA scoring record in the 2000 season for the most goals in Division One Soccer. The accolade earned her a feature in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.” She was a three time All-American at Furman University and has since been inducted in the Furman University Hall of Fame as well as the Cardinal Gibbons High School Hall of Fame and the Capital Area Soccer League (NCFC) Hall of Fame. She earned her Masters Degree in Education while serving at a Graduate Assistant at Louisiana State University. She was a high school teacher for ten years at Cardinal Gibbons High School. At the end of her competitive soccer career, she became a competitive powerlifter within the USAPL and a Strongwoman competitor in the NAS Strongman Federation. She holds the state deadlift record for her weight class and boasts the 2014 Middleweight title of North Carolina’s Strongest Woman (NAS Strongman). Emily also holds the NAS Strongman North Carolina Record for the Log Clean and Press. Emily’s technical knowledge of soccer playing and coaching experience, combined with her knowledge of strength sports, makes her the ideal trainer for a clientele that wants to elevate their game; physically, mentally and spiritually. Emily holds her personal trainer certification from the International Sports Sciences Academy, her US Soccer coaching certs from US Soccer and the NSCAA, and is also on the North Carolina Olympic Development Staff for 2015-2016. All clients will be trained in environments that fuel good sportsmanship and positive attitudes.Emily is married to an active duty Special Forces Army officer and they have a son and a daughter.
Jennie Altherr, Youth Technical Specialist
Jennie holds a USSF A License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a KNVB Advanced Tactics Match Analysis Certificate. She is the former head coach at St. Mary's College & High School, Peace College, Cary Academy, & Shattuck - St. Mary's School (MN). Jennie also coached NCAA collegiate soccer. She is the former Assistant Coach at Mississippi State University, Northwestern University (IL), Meredith College, & University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Former CASL Staff Coach (1990-2000); TFC Staff Coach (2004-2006); Eclipse Soccer Club Professional Coach (TX) (2011-2013). She was a State ODP Coach (MS) and a Region 3 ODP Coach - Played competitively on boys' club teams until age 14; finished club career with CASL's '69G Raleigh Spartans - former USYS State Champions (1985-1987) & USYS Region 3 Regionals semi-finalists (1985) - Former Cary High School player - 1st team All-State, sophomore & junior years; Cap 9 Conference Co-Player of the year, junior year; NSCAA All-Area Team - Former UNC player, including an ACC & NCAA Championship - Former player with U16 & U19 Region 3 ODP Teams Started coaching after competitive career ending knee injury at the age of 20. Have coached many players who have gone on to play in college ... Division 1 to Division 3. Have coached players who have played on U21 National Team, or have had National Team stints. Have coached players who played (some still currently playing) in the professional leagues, both abroad & in the US. Have coached players who have gone on to become coaches of their own, whether high school or club or college.
Chris Chester, CSCS, Power and Speed Specialist
Like Coach Emily also a Furman University Graduate (Class of 2016) with a BA in Health Science. Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Not only has experience playing soccer at the high school and club level, but plenty of exposure to various other sports like basketball, football, volleyball to name a few. His passion for soccer is mainly to due an opportunity to play varsity soccer having struggled to make other teams. His drive for his own successes helps him push his athletes through workouts and mentoring to become their best on and off the field (or court) in their respective sports.
Nick Acosta, Technical soccer and futsal specialist
FVHS Women's Soccer Coach (2014- now)
NCFC Youth Coach
2018 4A State Champs
UNC-Wilmington Men's soccer
UNCW Freshman of the year
CAA Rookie of the Year
Soccer America Freshman All-American
Kelli Myers, Speed and Explosiveness Specialist
Kelli's passion for soccer started when she was 5 years old and the only girl on the team. Her dad is a Marine so they were stationed out in California. Ultimately, it led her family to New Bern, NC where she became a standout player in the state. She grew up playing club ball all over the United States and eventually made the North Carolina State ODP team before moving to Virginia for her last years of high school. Kelli was starting center back for her high school varsity team as freshman and went on to play at Radford University. Kelli tore her ACL, PCL, MCL, and meniscus which allows her to extend modifications in training for players recovering from knee injuries.
She took time to heal, start her career and then meet the love of her life Eric. They started a family in Virginia having a little boy and then they moved down to NC 5 years ago where she had her second child, a little Girl. Kelli now owns her own floral business as well as coaches kids crossfit at Crossfit Shoofly and Olympic weightlifting as well as teaches swim lessons. Her passion for teaching our youth is unmatched. She prides herself in giving back and being such a large part of our little community. Family and honor is everything. Work hard play hard is her motto and her hand is always out to help in any way.
Kelli is a CF-L1 and adaptive athlete certification candidate. She also holds her USAW Level One certs and CPR/First Aid certs.
Megan Gannon, College Prep Testing Simulation Specialist (Power and Speed)
Meghan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (2006) where she played club soccer following an extensive high school and club soccer career. Meghan is the assistant coach for the Fuquay-Varina women’s soccer program. She helped guide the Bengals to the 2018 State Championship and was named the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year following the 2019 season. Meghan is a special education teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross Categorical and Severe & Profound disabilities. Before becoming a teacher, Meghan worked in athletic communications and served as the communications director for several soccer programs throughout the country, including Southern Connecticut State University, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, University of Florida and Purdue University. Before arriving in North Carolina, Meghan coached in Arizona, where she developed a soccer program for at-risk students at the middle school level. Meghan takes great pride in coaching soccer skills and a love for the game in developing players.
Seth is a local Fuquay Varina and North Carolina youth soccer product. He played at the highest classic levels within FVAA and is a graduate of FVHS and Western Carolina. Seth is a middle school PE teacher in Clayton and a former TFC classic soccer coach. Seth and his family reside in Fuquay Varina and we appreciate any chance we can get him indoors to help us coach!
Amy Goodine, Technical Soccer Specialist
Amy is a graduate of Springfield College (Massachusettes) where she was a two sport athlete playing Soccer and Softball. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Movement & Sports Studies with a concentration in Physical Education, a Masters Degree in Health Education and minors in nutrition, coaching and athletic training. She was a 3 varsity player for RCS High School and played club/travel soccer for RCS SC for 10+ years.
While at Springfield College she had a unique opportunity to work along side former USWNT coach Tony Di'Cicco during clinics and camps with Soccer Plus CT.
Currently, Amy is a physical education teacher at Holly Grove Middle School where she is the head coach for girls soccer and softball. She is in pursuit of her National Board Certification in Physical Education and her AIC Level 1 certification. Amy has been with Paladin since the summer of 2019. She is one of our contract coaches who supports our seasonal Paladin training.