Coaching Staff

David Strickland : Head Coach/Prospective Players

David Strickland

Head Coach/Prospective Players

Coach Strickland enters his second year of managing the Otters. While an accomplished manager, David's main goal is to develop each player to compete on soccer highest levels. David holds USSF A License, NSCAA Premier, NSCAA Finance Committee. Coach Strickland also serves as a coach for one of our area's largest high schools, Science Hill. Coach Strickland has over 20 years experience working with coaches and teams in the USL and MLS. He enjoys time with his wife Janet and five kids Tanner, Jaden, Carson, Riley and Lucas.

E-mail: Telephone: (423) 930-9500 ext 105
Richard Wall : Assistant Coach

Richard Wall

Assistant Coach

Wall enters his first season as an assistant coach for Tri-Cities FC. Previously, Wall was the Head Coach, and Assistant General Manager for the West Virginia Chaos of the Premier Development League. During his two years with the Chaos, the club posted an 11-16-5 overall mark, and reached the 2nd Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during the 2015 campaign before being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League.

Currently, Wall is also the head men's soccer coach at nearby Lees-McRae College. Having recently finished his second season leading the Bobcats, Wall's program has finished in the top-5 in consecutive seasons in Conference Carolinas, and reached the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinal round in both seasons. He owns an overall record of 16-21 in two seasons, while going 11-9 in Conference play. During the two seasons, the program has achieved overall GPA's of 3.15, and 3.27, garnering NSCAA Team Academic Awards. He has coached two all-region performers, 9 All-Conference Carolinas selections, and had 15 earn Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team honors.

As a player, Wall was a midfielder who graduated from Gardner-Webb University, where he was a student-athlete for three years after playing his initial season at Wingate University. He played in a combined 70 matches, with 37 starts, recording 5 goals, and 6 assists. Following his college career, he played one season in the Premier Development League for the West Virginia Chaos.

Wall holds various coaching certifications through the NSCAA, and USSF.

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Tom LaGuardia : Goalkeeper Coach

Tom LaGuardia

Goalkeeper Coach

As a player, LaGuardia played at Dobyns-Bennett High School before going on to play at Clemson University in South Carolina. He then transferred to St. John’s University and was a part of the 1993 Big East Championship team.

At the conclusion of his playing career, LaGuardia began his coaching career. First he served as the goalkeeper coach at ETSU for the women’s soccer team. The following year he served as the head coach for the Kingsport Pride boy’s team, leading them to a Tennessee D2 State Championship. He also was a coach for the boy’s 1987 age group for the East Tennessee Soccer Federation.

In 2002, LaGuardia became the head coach at Sullivan South High School, which he held for three years. During his tenure, he helped lead the boys team to their first ever Region 1 AAA title. He also gained high school coaching experience, where he helmed the boy’s team at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, NC. His three years there were the most successful span in school history, including the most wins in a single season.

LaGuardia also has experience on the academy side. He served for four years with the Clemson Soccer Academy. He also was the TSP Academy Director from 2002-2005 and again from 2015-2016.

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David Garrett : Assistant Coach

David Garrett

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach/Head Coach of Tri-Cities FC Reserve Team
-Founder/President of One7 Soccer Academy (Charlotte, NC)
-Three-time US Club National Champions
-International coaching experience in Spain, Russia, France, Rwanda, Sweden, Denmark and Brazil
-Notable Player Development/Leadership: Camilo Benitez (Sporting Kansas City), Tresor Mbuyu (Liberty University), Shalom Dutey (Liberty University), Toby McGovern (DC United Academy), Jeovani Ordaz (Montreat College)
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