Mark Steffens - Head Coach
Mark Steffens returns as the head coach for the Charlotte Eagles in his 17th year. Mark has led the Eagles to the USL-2 Championship match seven times, and has won the championship in 2000 and 2005. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs an unprecedented 12 of 15 years under the direction of Steffens. Earning USL-2 Coach of the Year honors in 2008 for the second time as the Eagles claimed the Regular Season Championship, and was also awarded the honor in 2004. The United Soccer Leagues recognized Steffens for his amazing record and commitment to the community in 2007 as he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame.
Mark’s soccer career experience is quite extensive. He played professioanlly for the New York Appollo and the New York United in the American Soccer League. His coaching history goes back more than 20 years, and features his professional experience as the Head Coach of the New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1986-87. He was the assistant coach for the Express in 1985-86 and for the New York Arrows (MISL) in 1983-84. Prior to coming to the Eagles, Steffens was the Head Coach of Chaminade High School, a perennial powerhouse private soccer program on Long Island, NY. Mark holds an "A" coaching license with the USSF and is a graduate of The King’s College in New York with a degree in Physical Education.
Mark and his wife Diane have three daughters, Jennifer, Christy and Sarah, and nine grandchildren. The Steffens’ currently reside in Waxhaw, NC.
Steve Shak - Assistant Coach
Steve Shak returns for his sixth season as a player and assistant coach with the Eagles. Since signing with the Eagles in 2007, Shak has been an anchor for Charlotte’s defense. A USL-2 First Team Selection in 2007 and 2008, Shak was also named a finalist for 2008 USL-2 Defender of the Year. A native of Cerritos, CA, Shak played for four years at UCLA from ’96-’99, leading the Bruins to the 1997 National Championship and the 1999 Final Four. As a junior in 1998 he was named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy (NCAA National Player of the Year). A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, he appeared in all six matches when the team took home the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.
After a successful collegiate career, Shak was selected as the number one overall pick in the 2000 Major League Soccer Draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He played in 23 games in his rookie year, recording one goal and one assist. After three seasons in the MLS with NY/NJ and Colorado, Shak was then acquired by the USL-1 Minnesota Thunder where he played one season leading the team to the USL-1 Championship and earning a USL-1 Second Team Selection. He had a brief stint in Sweden with Bodens BK in the Swedish Superettan (2nd Division) before signing with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners midway through the 2004 season. Before joining the Eagles Steve enjoyed three seasons with the Mariners where he was captain of the team during the 2006 season.
Steve holds a USSF B License. He and his wife Kari reside in Charlotte, NC and have four children: Jaeda, Kalea, Rio and Makai.
Dave Dixon - Assistant Coach
The Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO are excited to announce that Dave Dixon has been added to the staff as an assistant coach. Dixon joins the Eagles from Mississippi Brilla FC of the PDL. Dixon was the head coach for Brilla’s PDL team and led their youth club, Mississippi Brilla Juniors, as the director of coaching. During his five years at Brilla his team had a record of 47-18-17 and captured three conference championships. In 2010 he was named a finalist for PDL Coach of the Year. As a player, Dixon was a goalkeeper for the Jackson Chargers of the PDL in 1998, and spent a season in Charlotte with the Eagles in 1997. He played his college soccer at Houghton College from 1993-97, playing in three NAIA National Championship Tournaments. A four-year starter, he was a two-time All-American, two-time All-Region selection, and a three-time All-Conference performer.
Dixon holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma – Distinguished Pass, NSCAA National Diploma – Distinguished Pass, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper License.
Dave is married to Kerri and they have two children, Emmelyn and Brode.
Katrina Courtright - OrthoCarolina Sports and Performance
Katrina is a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Ballantyne Physical Therapy Clinic for OrthoCarolina. She graduated from Bryan College with a degree in Athletic Training and used her summers during college as an Athletic Training intern with the Charlotte Eagles. She began her time with the Charlotte Eagles as a volunteer since 1994. She was also a part of the away camp coaching staff for the last five years. She traveled with the Charlotte Eagles men’s team to Colombia in September 2008 to serve as their Athletic Trainer during their time there.
Charlotte Eagles Medical Staff
Dr. Michael S. Guerriero, D.C.
Dr. Guerriero is the clinic director of Pro Active Chiropractic in downtown Matthews, NC. He graduated Cum Laude from New York Chiropractic College in 1999, and is a certified provider/instructor for the Active Release Techniques and a certified provider for TotalBody Modification. He is the team chiropractor for the Charlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles and has treated at the Ironman World Championships. Dr. Guerriero has treated athletes at all levels: professional, olympic, collegiate, high school and youth just beginning to enjoy sports. Dr. Guerriero relates, "I love getting athletes back in action because when I was a young athlete, injuries not effectively treated medically kept me on the sidelines too often. It is not all about sports for me though. It is a tremendous feelign to see the look on a older gentleman’s face when his hands work well enough to do card tricks again, or when a patient tells me her knee does not hurt anymore so she can go for walks with her husband again. These are the reasons why I love what I do."
John D. Temple, MD - OrthoCarolina
As a member of the physician staff at OrthoCarolina, Dr. Temple is trained to treat general orthopedic conditions as well as more specialized sports-related conditions. He earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Winthrop University and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He then completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Clinic in Los Angeles, where he worked with the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, Sacramento Kings, Anaheim Ducks and the University of Southern California Trojans.
George Collins, PA-C - OrthoCarolina
Working alongside Dr. John Temple, George practices in OrthoCarolina’s Matthews office. He provides medical coverage for the Charlotte Eagles professional team and Lady Eagles W-League team, and assists many surrounding high schools and universities. Mr. Collins is also the Physician Assistant Department Chief at OrthoCarolina. Originally from New Hampshire, he now makes his home in the Matthews community with his wife Shellie and two boys, Brian and Matthew.