Head coach Sam Mahtani begins the inaugural season with the Sea Beggars. Although he is new to the area, he is not new to the soccer scene. Sam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge after being a student athlete in the NAIA and NCCAA at Trinity Christian College, before serving as an assistant to the women’s soccer program for over four years. While an assistant 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. Coach Sam also served on staff for the Illinois Olympic Development Program (ODP) while working at Trinity.
Most recently, he was a head soccer coach at Tennessee Temple University, as well as serving on staff with the Tennessee ODP program. Sam graduated from Trinity with a degree in business management and went on to receive his master’s degree from Concordia University-Irvine. His coaching licensing includes a USSF “C” license and NSCAA Goalkeeping license, and has also coached youth camps at the high school level.
Assistant coach Wendy Espejel comes to Providence with many years of playing and coaching experience. She was formerly a part of the U-20 Mexican National Team as well as the Mexican University Olympic Team and competed in various international tournaments. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. Most recently, she spent two seasons as assistant coach at Point University (West Point, Georgia).
A native of Ontario, California, Wendy is excited to return to the Southland to be on the coaching staff at Providence.
“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.”