South Carolina United FC is proud to announce the hiring of Adrian Pinasco as its new Jr. Academy, Youth Development and Coaching Curriculum Director. Pinasco, a native of Argentina, played youth soccer as a member of famed Boca Juniors in Argentina, the same club that produced such world-renowned players as Maradona, Batistuta, Veron (a/k/a "The Little Witch"!), Riquelme, and many others.
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South Carolina United FC is proud to announce the hiring of Adrian Pinasco as its new Jr. Academy, Youth Development and Coaching Curriculum Director. Pinasco, a native of Argentina, played youth soccer as a member of famed Boca Juniors in Argentina, the same club that produced such world-renowned players as Maradona, Batistuta, Veron (a/k/a "The Little Witch"!), Riquelme, and many others. Additionally, Pinasco participated in the Panamerican Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1995 and was assistant coach for Ferro Carril Oeste’s first division team, during the Southamerican Championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1996. In terms of education, Pinasco earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and and a Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Physiology at the University of Buenos Aires. Once in the United States, Pinasco finished another Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, this time at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He obtained his Professional Soccer Coaching Certification at Club Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires and served as the Physical Conditioning Manager of Youth Divisions at Club Ferro Carril Oeste, in Buenos Aires before coming to Columbia joining Mark Berson’s coaching staff where he served as an Assistant Coach for the nationally-ranked Gamecocks during their 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons. From 2001 – 2003, Pinasco was head coach of Beaufort Academy where he earned back-to-back SCISA Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003. Hired by Hammond Academy in August 2004, Pinasco’s teams have amassed a 123-38-8 win-loss-tie record earning him back-to- back SCISA Coach of the Year honors, once again, in 2007 and 2008. At the club level, beyond his experience with youth clubs in Argentina, Pinasco has served as an SCYSA Olympic Development Coach for 5 years, Director of Coaching for Blue Crab United FC for 3 years, Director of Technical Development and Player Development Programs at Columbia United FC for 5 years where he earned Coach of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008, and most recently served as the Director of Academy at Lexington County Soccer Club.
“To say we are ecstatic that Adrian wanted to come ‘back home’ is an understatement” said Executive Director Tripp Miller. “For revitalizing our current Jr. Academy model and revamping it into our new seamless Youth Development model, Adrian is the perfect fit. He has all the attributes we deem necessary. He has a true passion for ball mastery and tactical development. He has an exceptional energy level which will be contagious among players and coaches. And he has a very engaging personality which players and parents will certainly enjoy.”
Pursuant to the Club’s new development model, Pinasco will serve as Jr. Academy Director, will be in charge of all youth player development in the Junior Academy and lower age groups and will coordinate training curriculums with Dick Hiller, Director of Boys Player Development, Rob Strickland, Director of Boys Soccer, Tomasz Kluszczynski, Director of Player Development Girls and Phil Savitz, Director of Girls Soccer.