Originally from Penicuik, Scotland, Gary Winchester graduated from Lander University (2005) where he was a two-year starter. Prior to that, Winchester had played two years at Iowa Central Community College. After graduation, Winchester was hired at Emerald High School (Greenwood, SC) where he taught and coached the women’s soccer team. He has also served as the director of the local youth soccer club.
In 2007, Erskine tapped Winchester to be the head women’s soccer coach. Winchester has his “A” license with the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program coaching staff. Entering his fifth season, Winchester brought much needed stability to the Erskine women’s soccer program. Prior to his arrival, the Lady Fleet had had four head coaches in as many years.
Coach Winchester resides in Greenwood, South Carolina, with his wife, Betsy, and two year old daughter Keighan.
Having already proven his abilities as a student-athlete as a four-year letter winner at Lander, and as a coach at many capacities, Clark McCarthy makes his transition to the PDL coaching world as an assistant coach with the SCUFC Bantams soccer team, while also serving an important role in the goalkeeper training.
A goalkeeper for the Bearcats, McCarthy played an integral part in 4 straight runs to NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2005 run that concluded in the NCAA quarterfinals. During his stint in Greenwood, S.C., Lander captured the 2005 Southeast Region title, and the 2006 Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships. Bearcats were also listed in the NSCAA Top 25 during each of his 4 seasons.
During his time as a student-athlete, McCarthy also served a dual role as an assistant coach at Greenwood High School as the head coach for the junior varsity squad, as well as an assistant with the varsity team. As the head goalkeeper trainer for both programs, he helped lead the Eagles to a phenomenal season in 2008 – one which included an 18-3 record, as well as a region championship and a spot in the state quarterfinals. He also served as the head coach of the girls team at Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. following graduation. McCarthy is currently in his third year as the head men’s soccer coach at Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C., while holding down club coaching stints with SCUFC and the South Carolina Olympic Development Program.
McCarthy graduated magna cum laude from Lander in 2009 with his bachelor’s degree in physical education after maintaining a 3.76 cumulative grade point average. He was a four-time honoree on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll, a four-time dean’s list designee and a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. He has served a role as a substitute teacher in the Richland County (S.C.) School District, as well as a practicum at Brewer Middle School in Greenwood.
McCarthy currently holds his “C” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and earned his level I goalkeeping diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) earlier this year. He currently resides in Columbia, SC. He is engaged to be married on June 1, 2013 to Christina Greene.
Fitness/Technical Development Coach
Originally from Scarborough, England, Jamie Ramm graduated from Lander University (2011) with an Exercise Science degree. At Lander, Ramm was a two time All-American and a two-time Conference Tournament MVP.While still at school, Ramm, was hired by Greenwood High School (Greenwood, SC), where he coached the Men’s Soccer team to two Region Championships in three years. After graduating, Ramm was hired by Newberry College as the Women’s Assistant Soccer Coach, which he held until 2012. Coach Ramm currently works as the Director of Coaching and Academy Director for Lakeland Toros Soccer Club (Greenwood, SC). He has coached soccer in England, France, Canada and in the U.S, while also gaining his NSCAA Advanced National License.Coach Ramm has experience of the PDL, from being the captain for the Ottawa Fury and the Palmetto Bantams. Ramm resides in Greenwood, S.C.