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Men’s Soccer Coaches

Sam Mahtani

Sam Mahtani

Head Coach

Coach Sam Mahtani enters his second season with the Sea Beggars after a start-up year in 2015. After developing a core group of Men and Women and building a culture of excellence in the programs, the teams are looking forward to the upcoming Fall.

Sam brings a wealth of soccer experience and knowledge with his previous playing, coaching, and education. He holds a M.A. in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia Irvine, and coaching licenses that include a USSF “B” license and NSCAA Goalkeeping license.

Over the past eight years, Sam has been coaching in a variety of positions at roles. Prior to Providence, he was in Tennessee coaching at Tennessee Temple University, as well as serving on staff with the Tennessee ODP program. He has also spent time coaching in Illinois at Trinity Christian College as well as serving on staff for the Illinois ODP program. While assisting at Trinity the women’s soccer program enjoyed competitive success including berths in the NAIA National Championship in 2011 and the NCCAA National Championships in 2012 and 2013. As a student athlete, Sam played for Trinity’s Men’s Soccer program from 2007-2009, serving as captain his senior year.

Wendy Espejel

Wendy Espejel

Assistant Coach

Wendy Espejel recently completed her first year as Assistant Coach at Providence. She brings many years of playing and coaching experience to the team. Espejel is currently on staff for the Cal South Olympic Development Program, she was also formerly a part of the U-20 Mexican National Team as well as the Mexican University Olympic Team and competed in various international tournaments.

Previously, she spent two seasons as Assistant Coach at Point University (West Point, Georgia). Wendy graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a double major in Exercise Science and Spanish. She also spent some time studying Spanish Literature in Costa Rica. While at ONU, she helped the lady tigers get to the NAIA National Championship final for the first time in ONU history.

“I am really looking forward to coaching men’s and women’s soccer. I have seen the care and support that all faculty and staff have towards the student body, and feel blessed to be part of the Providence family.”

Paddy Höpp

Assistant Coach

Paddy Höpp played and developed at two prestigious German professional soccer clubs’ academies, VFB Stuttgart and SV Darmstadt 98. After leaving his homeland in 2011, he joined the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team in Bourbonnais, IL where he was a standout player piling accolades of First Team All Regional and All Conference distinctions in every season.  He captained ONU in his senior year before receiving his degree in sports management.  Paddy also is a member of the PDL Seahorses Men’s Soccer team and had gained invaluable coaching and mentoring experience through their summer camps and outreach tours. Paddy joined the PCC Coaching staff in 2015.

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