Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 2019-2020 ECNL


Since 2009, CESA has been a member of the prestigious Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The Elite Clubs National League is recognized on a national level as the most productive player development arena available to the aspiring player and is made up of over 70 clubs nationwide. 

The 2019-2020 season schedule will be released in August with the CESA Girls and Boys ECNL programs competing in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. These league games will decide who particpates in the ECNL National Playoffs to be held in June 2020. In addition, both the boys and girls will attend several National Showcase events throughtout the year. The U16 and U17 age groups will attend 3 National Showcase events, the U15 age group will attend 2 National Showcase events, and the U18/19 age group will attend 1 National Showcase event. 

As we prepare to finish the current ECNL year this summer and look to the future we will be fielding ECNL teams in 6 age groups. The age groups are 2007 (Under 13), 2006 (Under 14), 2005 (Under 15), 2004 (Under 16), 2003 (Under 17) and 2002/2001 (Under 18/19).


The 2019-2020 ECNL Club Fees will be announced at a later date. Club fees will differ between the U13 & U14 age groups and the U15-U18 age groups. CESA club fees include 3 Nights of Training per Week throughout the season and additional training as needed to prepare the team for upcoming events. Goalkeeping sessions,  US Club Soccer Player Registration, Referee Fees, ECNL Club League Fee and Facilities Rental are also included.

Additional costs which are NOT included in the CESA club fees are player uniforms, team fees which will include coach’s expenses for travel, showcase event entry fees and individual player travel costs.


Girls Coaching Staff     
  • Andrew Hyslop
  • Cole Atkins
Boys Coaching Staff     
  • Russell Shelley
  • Vic Pace

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Athletic Training Staff

  • Sasha Robinson
Goalkeeping Staff
  • Nick Garilas
Athletic Performance
  • Jeff Haigler
ECNL Administrator
  • Keri Myers


CESA has consistently produced top level players who have gone on the compete at the college level (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, JUCO). Since 2009, over 300 male and female CESA players have advanced to the college game. Click on the links below to learn about each college signing class at CESA:

Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

The Class of 2017 is also very impressive. So far 40 players have committed to play at the next level:

            Nassim Al Nawasrah-Virginia Military Institute
Christopher Amond-Presbetyerian College
Havon Ashy-Anderson University
Shane Berson-University of Central Florida
Ian Bramlett-United State Military Academy
Samantha Britt-Presbyterian College
Drake Byrd-Bowdoin College
Jennifer Byrd-Spartanburg Methodist College
Adam Calloway-USC Upstate
Kendall Claxton-Winthrop University
Jenn Colter- University of South Carolina
Katie Colwick-Winthrop Univeristy
Abreal Farr-Spartanburg Methodist College
Cheyenne Fuller-Erskine College
Josie Gillespie-Furman University
Jared Gulden-University of South Carolina
Tyson Hichman- UNC Greensboro
AK Hodge-Anderson University
Danny Jaramillo-Southern Wesleyan Univesity
Carol Kinney-Anderson University
Lexi Lainhart-University of South Carolina
Alec Larson-Prebyterian College
Andrew Luzzatti-Oglethorpe University
Jackie Marshall-Spartanburg Methodist College
Lexi McMullen-University of South Carolina
Quinn McNeill-Clemson University
Brian Munson-University of South Carolina
Mitchell Myers- University of South Carolina
Aiden O'Brien- University of South Carolina
Alex Olsen-Southern Wesleyan University
Stone Parsons-Newberry College
Wilbert Perez-Coastal Carolina University
Cole Robertson- University of West Georgia
Isabelle Russell-Presbyterian College
Dean Sinatra-Wofford College
Henry Smith-Berry College
BJ Tally-College of Wooster
Morrison Trnavsky- Furman University
Kelli Ward-Newberry College
Nathan Wilcox-Centre College


As is the case each year we will enter the evaluation process with the  primary goal of selecting the top players in each birth year to represent our club in the 2019-2020 ECNL season. We will players hailing from multiple states vying for places within our program. It is important to stress to all players/parents that we will select our teams based on the ability and attitude shown by each of the players taking part. In order to give all players an equal opportunity it is vital that previous club affiliations play no part in the yearly evaluations. This makes for a process that rewards continued improvement and affords new players the chance to measure themselves in an open and transparent environment.

Please keep in mind that potential ECNL-level players can and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Rosters will be released at a later date and we will communicate this date to all participants via email. Players being offered a position on our Full Time ECNL rosters will be contacted  via telephone and should be prepared to accept the position offered at that time. If a player is not selected for an ECNL roster they will still have the opportunity to play within our CESA program as we offer multiple teams in each birth year. Players not selected for the ECNL team may be asked to train on an ongoing basis with our ECNL team so that we can monitor the player’s progress. Players can and are added to our ECNL rosters from within our CESA program each year.

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