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Coaching Staff

JP Strachan

Director of Coaching 

Joined in 2016

JP was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh University where he earned both his BSc and PhD in Chemistry. JP also spent time at NC State University, where he met his wife Dawn. JP and Dawn have two children, Isla and Keir, who both play soccer at BSC.

Since 2012 JP has owned and operated his own Allstate Insurance agency here in Burlington (D&J Agency) and for the past couple of years he has been the Academy Director and now the Director of Coaching for BSC.

JP played club and school ball in Aberdeen and continued to play for club teams in Edinburgh and Raleigh. He started coaching with CASL twenty years ago. He currently holds all the Grassroots certificates (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11), along with The National Youth and D licenses.

Outside of soccer he is a level II trainer for CrossFit, and does CrossFit every morning at 5:30AM.

JP's favorite teams are Aberdeen and Manchester United and he watches as many of their games as he can.

Paul Babba

Technical Director 

Joined 2017

Elon University Assistant Womens Coach

Paul Babba is a Numan, Nigeria native. He brings seven years of collegiate head coaching experience and over 10 seasons of coaching at the collegiate level.  He is the current Assistant WomenÃ?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??s Soccer Coach at Elon University.

Prior to his coaching career, Babba was a four-year starter at Belhaven College, where he received his bachelors degree.  His outstanding collegiate career opened the door for him to compete at the next level, playing two seasons with Mississippi Brilla F.C., a team in the Professional Development League (PDL).  Babba also earned his master's in intercollegiate athletic administration from Mississippi College in 2010.

He holds a USSF A-Senior License and a National Youth License. Babba and his wife Laura have three children, Noah, Micah and Hannah.

Rob Bacchus

Associate Academy Director

Joined 2016

Rob was born in Austin, Tx where he lived for most of his life prior to moving to North Carolina. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and University of Notre Dame for graduate school. He grew up playing club soccer and later played for UT and the Olympic Development Program team for Texas (South).

Rob has 3 boys who all play soccer, and counts coaching youth soccer as a hobby too.  In addition to coaching with BSC, Rob is the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at The Graduate School at UNC Chapel Hill.

Rob's favorite teams are the US National team (he attended 4 World Cups) and Tottenham Hotspur.

Edwin Wortortsi

Joined 2017

Edwin was born in Ghana and moved to the US when he was 10 years old. He grew up playing soccer for school and club in the Chapel Hill area. He was recruited to play at Clemson University and later transferred to UNC Asheville after 2 seasons. He captained the UNC Asheville Men's Soccer team for 2 seasons. 4 universities later, he received a BS in Accounting, completed Masters work in Accounting, holds a BA in Spanish, and a Minor in Management.

Edwin has been coaching boys and girls in various age groups since 2005. He lives with his incredible wife, Lynnlee in Mebane with their 14 month old boy genius, Weston, and 2 dogs.

Edwin currently works for a Solar company headquartered in Durham, NC as a Tax Analyst. His leisure activities include various activities with his family, cheering on Manchester United, and listening to podcasts.

John Durst

Joined 2016

JD grew up in the Appalachian region of Maryland. After moving to Burlington in 2014, he spent a few seasons coaching for Burlington Parks and Recreation and officially became part of the BSC coaching staff in 2016.  He currently holds a USSF D coaching license. JD is married to Wendy, and they have two daughters, Addison and Rylie, who both play for BSC. When JD manages to find some time away from the soccer field, he enjoys traveling, cruising through the Caribbean and spending time with family and friends.  He works for LabCorp. A few of his favorite sports teams include UNC (basketball), Carolina Panthers and Manchester United.

Steve Harrison

Joined 2015

Steve has been a dedicated servant of the club and has an undying love of the game. What the club is doing is important to him and we are fortunate to have him involved.

Edward Khorozov

Joined in 2003

Ed began coaching with Burlington Soccer Club in Fall 2003. He has coached boys and girls teams ages U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, and Academy.

Ed currently holds a Level D state soccer coaching license. He has led teams to first place finishes in state tournaments 16 times. Ed's priority is not just forming outstanding soccer athletes, but shaping good human beings.

Nick Sakiewicz

Elon University Mens Soccer Assistant Coach

Joined 2017

Nick Sakiewicz is currently the Assistant Coach for Elon University Men's Soccer. He has worked in four levels of college soccer (NCAA Division 1, 2, 3 and NAIA).  

Sakiewicz's youth club coaching experience consists of working with FC Delco and Colorado Rapids ages U-14 to U-16. His professional working experience includes providing scouting reports and video breakdowns for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS). He also did scouting and video analysis for the Harrisburg City Islanders. As a scout for the Fire, he analyzed players for the MLS Draft and compiled scouting reports on opponents. In addition to his coaching experince he has also received his USSF "C" Coaching License and played for the New York Red Bulls Academy and played at NCAA D2 West Chester University.

Mike Baptiste

Joined 2015

Mike started coaching youth soccer in 2002 and has coached a variety of teams. H currently holds a USSF "C" License and National Youth License.

Mike was president of a soccer league for 7 years and Director of an Academy program for 4 years. He has coached at BSC since 2015.  In 2008, Mike was awarded the NCYSA Girls Challenge Coach of the Year.

Rafael Pachaenca

Joined 2015

Rafael is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He graduated from Greensboro College with his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Economics.  He also played collegiate soccer at Greensboro College.

Rafael currently works at TQL as a Sales Representative.

He loves watching sports on TV and on Arenas, going to the movies, playing soccer with friends and travelling.

His favorite team is Flamengo from Brazil.


Blake Johnson

Joined 2017

Blake is from Jacksonville, NC.  He started playing recreation soccer in 2nd grade, and transitioned to club soccer in 6th grade.  He attended East Carolina University, where he played soccer all 4 years and earned a degree in business.

Blake is married to Elon Elementary's famous PE teacher, Crystal Johnson, and they have a daughter named Riley who plays for BSC.

Blake holds grassroots and 7v7 coaching certificates from US Soccer.  He still hones his own soccer skills and plays indoor soccer during the winter and outdoor soccer with the local mens leagues.  He owns his own construction business, and is a prior law enforcement officer and USMC.

Blake cheers for the Kansas City Chiefs, US National soccer and Duke.

Jason Stroud

Joined 2016

Jason grew up playing soccer in the Charlotte area, and was a high school coach for ten years. He has coached with BSC for two years, working with both U11 Cardinal and Black teams since the fall of 2017.

Jason is married to Jamie and they have two sons who have played with BSC for several years: Noah ('05) joined the club in 2013, and Lucas ('08) started in 2015.  Jason lives in Burlington, and works as a district Social Studies supervisor for Guilford County Schools.

He is a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Julio Vasconcelos

Joined 2015

Julio has an expansive background in the game and is a great supporter of the players of BSC. He has been a supporter of all our efforts to improve the environment of the club.

Jeff Gross

Joined 2017

UNCG Womens Soccer Assistant Coach

Jeff has worked diligently behind the scenes to support the mission of the club, support the players and coaching staff. He brings a multitude of experiences in youth soccer to the coaching staff and leadership of BSC.

Katie Motondo


Before moving to NC in 2006, Katie was the Assistant Coach for Womens, D3, Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ for 5 years (2 of those years her teams got runner-up at Nationals). Katie played for Brookdale. She was inducted into the Brookdale Hall of Fame in 2017.

Katie ran the summer soccer camps for ages 5-13 in her hometown of Tinton Falls, NJ for 8 years.

Katie is currently the Assistant Coach for the U15 BSC boys Cardinal team.

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