Seacoast United strives to educate its coaching staff in a way that is current with the latest developments in soccer, both nationally and internationally.  SUSC's fundamental goal is to establish proven processes and systematically integrate them through practices and seminars with the purpose of developing and producing soccer players at all levels. 


Director of Operations

Andrew was born and raised in Topsham, ME.  He attended Mt. Ararat High School where he played in two state championships.  After high school he went on to play and study at Thomas College.  While at Thomas College, Andrew majored in Sports Management and was named to the All-NAC Second Team.

In 2011 Andrew started his coaching career leading his U12 Merrymeeting team to a Soccer Maine State Championship.  In 2012, he was girls varsity coach at Poland High School where he led the program to their first winning season and went on to the Class B semi-finals.  Andrew then went on to accept his current role as varsity girls coach at Falmouth High School where he has coached for 5 years.

During his time with Seacoast, Andrew's teams have won 4 state championships and multiple tournaments across New England.  He has also taken teams to Jefferson Cup and the NPL Showcase where his teams came home with division titles.  He also is the General Manager for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team, Seacoast United Mariners.

Andrew is the Girls Director of Coaching and resides in Cumberland with his wife Samantha and children Myles (3) and Elliotte (<1).

Coaching Qualifications:  USSF National C License



Director of Camps & Community Programs

Branden grew up in Bath, Maine where he played 3 years of varsity soccer at Morse High School. Senior year Branden was a KVAC selection.

The 2011 St. Joesph's (Maine) graduate played 4 years as a Defender for the Monks. He was a member of the roster that made the school's first appearance in the GNAC Championship game in 2008. In 2009, his squad captured the league title and took SJC into the NCAA postseason for the first time in the program's history.

As a coach, his club teams have captured numerous event, state and regional championships. In 2013 he assisted the USL Super - Y New England Champions and National Champions (Maine's 1st National Championship in the sport). Branden has also served as an Assistant Coach with the State of Maine ODP Program. Since joining Seacoast United in the fall of 2014 Branden has helped guide a handful of SUSC Maine North and South teams to success. His teams have been victorious at the New England Premiership Final Four, Needham Memorial Day Showcase and the Coastal Summer Challenge.

Branden spent the 2012 season as an Assistant at Bates College with the Men's Soccer program, and the 2013 season as an assistant with the Women's Soccer program at the University of Southern Maine.  From 2014-2017, Branden was the Women's Soccer Asisstant Coach at Maine Maritime Academy.  He currently coaches Seacoast United Maine South's 2010 Girls, 2009 Girls and the 2005 Girls DPL teams.  Branden is also the Girls Varsity head coach at Morse High School.  He currently holds his USSF D license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.



Topsham Facility Director

Jim Wade has been coaching youth soccer and college soccer for over 20 years.  Originally from Northampton, MA, Jim spent years as the Director of Youth Development for Northampton Soccer Club in the mid-90's.  After moving to Maine, Jim became the Assistant Coaching Director for Coastal Soccer Club based in Brunswick.  When Coastal Soccer Club merged with Seacoast United, Jim continued as Boys' Coaching Director.

Jim became Assistant Men's Coach at Bates College from 2000-2004, then Assistant Men's Coach at Colby College from 2005-2011.  He was the coach of the Boys' Brunswick Jr. High team from 2000-2005 and is now back as Boys' Director for both their 7th and 8th grade teams.

Jim was on the Regional Staff for ODP for 5 years, working both at Rider College in New Jersey and call-back camps at Bowdoin College, Kutzown University, and Penn State.

A long time head coach also at Team Prep in Casco, ME, Wade has coached numerous high school boys and girls teams including Northfield Mt. Hermon, Taft School, Governor's Academy, St. Paul's, Pingree, Loomis, and more.

Jim holds two "A" Licenses:  The NSCAA Premier License and KNVB (Dutch Royal Coaching Association) Advanced National.  Coach Wade has taken a total of 5 premier teams to the Region I Championships, holding a record 15 State Championship titles in Maine.  Jim will coach the 2012 Boys Premier Blue and the 2007 Boys Premier Blue teams for the 2020/21 season.

Coaching Qualifications:  NSCAA Premier License; KNVB Advanced National



Girls' Premier Director

Graham originates from Scotland but has been living in Maine since 2016, previously working for GPS Maine.  He currently has his UEFA C License, as well as his Grassroots USSF and USSF C License qualifications. 

He currently coaches the Seacoast United Maine South 2008, 2007, and 2006 Girls DPL teams along with serving as the head coach of the Cape Elizabeth Girls Varsity program.  Cape Elizabeth Varsity under Graham's leadership have won back to back state titles.  The team posted a 7-0 record last season, earning Graham the prestigious title of Southern Maine Coach of the Year for 2020.



Boys' Premier Director

Patrick originates from Bristol, England and is a former professional soccer player with Bristol Rovers, Bath City, and Weston Super Mare where he finished the season winning the Players' Player of the Year award.  He has lived in Maine since 2016 where he worked at GPS Maine alongside playing for the USL2 team Portland Phoenix.  Patrick has won the National Championship in 2018 with the 2005 Boys and he was the former St. Dom's Academy Girls Varsity coach with two winning seasons. 

Patrick is currently the head coach of both Seacoast United Maine South 2008 boys teams and holds his UEFA Level 2 License and USSF C License qualifications.



Director of Youth Programs

Thom Nickley has been coaching for twenty years in major clubs around the United States. Thom is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where he began playing soccer for the local club.He was a stand out for his High School but multiple knee injuries suffered in college cut his playing career short. After earning his BS in Athletic Training and his MS degrees in Exercise Science as well as Health Appraisal, he was asked by a friend to help coach at a local soccer club in Cincinnati. After that introduction to coaching and developing youth players, Thom decided to make a career of coaching players at the youth level.


Thom has his USYSA National Youth license, the US Soccer National C license, the Dutch Method certification from the KNVB as well as being a certified instructor from Coerver Coaching.  He has trained and developed thousands of players during his coaching career while at KHA in Cincinnati, Ohio ODP where he regularly was part of the state staff and took players to regional camps as well as FC Brandywine(a Penn Fusion affiliate) in Eastern Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia.


Coaching Qualifications: USSF National C; USYSA National Youth; US Soccer 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 & Grassroots Certifications



Goalkeeping Director

Martyn Keen is a native of North Wales where he was a schoolteacher, soccer player, and coach in the League of Wales for many seasons.  He was also involved in working with the Welsh U15 schoolboy's team before moving to the United States in 1994.

In the States, Martyn has been heavily involved in coaching and has worked with many age groups and in many roles.  At various times, he has been varsity boys coach at Deering High School, assistant head coach at the University of Southern Maine and Director of Coaching for Southern Maine United, Southern Maine Premier, and Merrymeeting soccer clubs.  He was the founder of Safehands Goalkeeper School, which has run successful goalkeeper programs for more than 12 years, and he was the director of the Competitive Edge soccer camps.

Martyn has seen more than 100 of his players go on to play collegiate soccer at every level.  He has been particularly lucky with goalkeepers and has been the private coach to players who have started at prestigious programs such as Duke University, University of Virginia, Boston College, and Stanford.

Away from soccer, Martyn has a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Sports Science.  He is also certified by the American College of Sports and Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist, by the American Council for Exercise as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, and he is a certified Motivational Interviewing Counselor.  He is also certified in CPR and basic life support.

Martyn is a member of several professional organizations in addition to the ACSM and ACE, the AACVPR (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation), AHPERD (Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), and the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).






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