In his ten years as Maui United Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching, Brent Nunes has helped transform a small local club into a recognized program nationally both on a competitive level and with their attractive style of play. Nunes, 36 implemented club wide clear vision, training methodology, and player pathway program. He and his staff have created a grassroots Keiki Academy program as well as a competitive training environment where elite teams and individuals are constantly developing and progressing on to the next level. Nunes has guided many Maui United teams to state titles, regional tournaments, surf cups, and other national showcase events. Under Maui United's training curriculum, players are developing and moving on earning collegiate scholarships and being selected to join US Developmental Academies, and ECNL teams. Several Maui United players have also been called into the US National and Regional Team camps.
An avid student of the game, Nunes has traveled around the world visiting top academies and professional organizations to learn different methodologies of player development. At the top of his list of organizations visited are Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), FC Barcelona (Spain), Valencia Fc (Spain), and FC Twente (Holland).
Before Nunes returned home to Hawaii, he was the head assistant coach at Santa Rosa Junior College for two years, helping the Men’s program win the Big 7 Conference, and reach the national championship game in 2005 with a record of 23-1. Nunes has also been involved with the Olympic Development Program Region IV staff.
Kane played on the first Maui United Team. He also played high school soccer at Maui High School. He began coaching in 1996.
"What I enjoy most about coaching at MUSC, is watching the kids grow up and come back to the club and share with us how much they miss it. It's always a fun time catching up with them.
"My love for soccer started from one of the great pioneers of soccer on Maui, Gundi Dancil. He was my first coach and was there every step of the way in my playing days. Fred Guzman (MUSC founder) was the one who gave me a shot at coaching. Learning from him over the past 10 years has taught me a lot, not just about the game, but how we teach life lessons, too. Learning from those two great coaches has made me the coach I am today." Coach Kane Palazzotto
While growing up in the northern California town of Vallejo, John played as much soccer as he could. He enjoys many other sports and virtually all outdoor activities, though soccer has always been his true passion.
While playing his club ball with the Vallejo Rowdies from the U-8 level thru U-16, John found a home in the defense. There, he lettered four years on the Hogan High School Varsity Soccer team, and was selected to train with the norcal ODP program achieving multiple appearances on the state team alongside regional tryouts.
In college, after redshirting as a freshman, he secured a starting role for his next four years of college soccer with the 2nddivision Chico State University Squad, advancing once to the NCAA playoffs and co-captaining the team his senior year.
Following his love of the game and competition, he played semi-pro ball for four years with the Chico Rooks in the USISL. Looking for more, he moved to Germany to play for a year in the lower divisions while trying to sign with a bigger club. Only finding moderate success, he returned home to California to play in 1997. There, he was quickly whisked away to Hawaii by some friends to play for the Hawaii Tsunami in their final season in the USISL and the rest is history.
On Oahu with the Tsunami he met a Maui girl, and fell in love with her and the Hawaiian culture. He began as the head coach for Kalaheo High School, training the team for three years while capturing one OIA Championship title. During this time he also worked with the ODP program on Oahu both in selecting players and taking a state team to the regional camp as the assistant coach.
Settling here on Maui in 2003, he and his wife have been blessed with two children, a home, and a place in this wonderful community. In 2014, John started coaching again as the Seabury Hall Boys Varsity head coach claiming two MIL Division II titles in his first two years. He is excited for the opportunity to extend his coaching footprint and grow with the Maui United Soccer Club.
“This club, as I have observed over the past 12 years is fully committed to developing quality players and preparing them for a future in the game. I’ve noted how this club has centered itself with a detailed and clear path outlined from the keiki level upward into college. Maui United hosts an innovative and consistent clubwide coaching philosophy which is delivered by an experienced and dedicated coaching staff. I consider myself fortunate to become a part of this ohana.”
Erik has been head coach of the MUSC 2004 & 2005 girls for 5 years. He has also been the assistant coach of the 2000 girls for the last 3 years. Prior to that he helped out with the Keiki Academy for 2 years.
"I enjoy watching our players grow and helping teach them to be better players on and off the field. I also enjoying learning the game from our Director of Coaching, Brent Nunes. He has so much passion and knowledge of the game. He strives for excellence and make everyone around him better." Coach Erik Ayau
Coach Craig Kinoshita has been coaching at MUSC since 2012 primarily as an assistant for both the 2005 boys and 2007 girls. Loves teaching the beautiful game of soccer through MUSC’s philosophy of problem-solving through possession and positional play. In his spare time, still enjoys playing soccer in adult recreational leagues.
Coach Matt Llanes has been coaching at MUSC since 2013. During his time with the club, Llanes has played a key role in the development of the grassroots program and helping our young players transition into competitive soccer. Llanes focusses most of his time as a lead coach for our Foundation program (7-11 year olds) where his goals are clear, develop passionate and technical youth players. Coach Llanes is also an assistant coach with a few of our older academy teams.
Chuck has been coaching soccer here on Maui for 26 years. Throughout those years, Chuck has won 9 state championships with 5 different Maui United teams and finished as a finalist 14 times. Chuck's MUSC 90 boys were the first Maui team to win a US Club Regional Tournament and participate in a National Cup. This group of boys was also the first team to be invited to participate in the prestigious Surf Cup. Chuck has played an active role in the overall development of the sport here on Maui. He has served as the president of Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), as well as being the league director for Maui Youth Soccer Organization (MYSO).
"The greatest joy of coaching our youth is having the opportunity to truly develop and mentor individuals; seeing their growth on and off the field is special. I also enjoy and take pride in building teams, preparing these teams, and competing at the highest level." Coach Chuck Nunes
Francisco Jimenez is one of MUSC's West Side coaches. Francisco has been passionate about the game of soccer since he was a young boy, always analyzing and studying the game on how to improve. He first started coaching in 2012 during his Junior year in high school. Francisco has volunteered as a coach for AYSO boys soccer for the past 6 years coaching U 6-10 boy teams. He grew up playing here on Maui, on the West Side for Lahainaluna High School as Center back. During those years he was part of the first soccer team that qualified for the Hawaii state championships. Francisco went on to play club soccer for the University of Colorado Denver. My goal is to continue to help develop Maui's youth so they move on and accomplish their goals in life.
Randy began coaching with Maui United in 2009 as an assistant coach for the 2002 Boys team. In 2010, he became the head coach of the 2004 Boys team and he continues to be a part of the 2004 Boys coaching staff.
"Coaching for MUSC has allowed me to show the kids how commitment, hard work and dedication will help them on and off the field, and in the future." Coach Randy Wong
Andrea Riecke, aka Coach Andi, is a newer edition to the Maui United Coaching Staff, obtaining her E license in 2017 in order to help form and train the newest and youngest U8 girls team. Coach Andi is a dedicated soccer enthusiast who started playing at this young U8 age and has channeled this passion into helping develop and inspire our Foundation Players. As a Maui United parent, team manager and registrar, Coach Andi has been impressed with the methodology and commitment of the Maui United Coaching staff as well as the techniques and training methods use to develop the Maui United Foundation youths and competitive teams and is excited to learn, understand and emulate the coaching style behind the clubʻs sucess.