Men’s Soccer Coaches
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 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.”
Rachael Webb is a first year assistant coach at Providence from Riverside CA. She attended Trinity Christian College in Illinois, where she was a four-year varsity soccer player and two year captain. As a student-athlete, Webb coached youth soccer at various soccer camps. A forward in college, Webb ranked over 60 goals and 30 assists in her career. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is pursuing her career as a nurse.
“It has been exciting to be a part of the soccer team and help lay a foundation for the program. I look forward to seeing the success of our women’s soccer team.”