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Neil Orridge, Director West Program

Neil rejoins the club following 2 years with the Carolina Rush, 4 ½ previous years with Carolina Rapids and 8 years of prior service with CUFC.

Neil joined CUFC in 2004 as a Coach while still employed in the Insurance & Financial services sector. In 2006 Neil became a full time staff member of the club as a Director of Coaching. In 2007 he was also introduced as the Director of Tournaments at CUFC, a position he maintained until his departure from the club. Neil was chosen as CUFC's first Director of Business in 2009 and oversaw the Business Operations of the Club while continuing his love for coaching some of CUFC's top teams. Venturing out into other areas of the Soccer community Neil was instrumental in gaining the International Affiliation with Reading Football Club of the English Premier League.

Following his time at CUFC Neil joined the Carolina Rapids and was an integral part of their full-time Business & Coaching staff for 4 ½ years. While at the Rapids his on field duties included Coaching within the Senior Boys & Girls program and leading the growth for the club in Tournaments & College Combine events. His business duties included heading the Tournament series as well as spearheading the Sponsorship and Fundraising  programs at the club.   

In 2016 Neil became the Executive Director at Carolina Rush Soccer club. His time at Rush brought great success, overseeing tremendous growth and stability of programs in the South Charlotte & Gastonia areas. With the club thriving on and off the field, it was the ability to bring the community together that had the biggest impact on the club.   

Neil was born in Kenilworth, England and moved to Charlotte in 1982. He went to College at UNC- Charlotte to play for legendary coach Bob Warming. A starting sweeper on the SunBelt Conference Championship team of 1983, Neil played every minute of the longest soccer game in NCAA history, a nine overtime win against Old Dominion in the Final.

Neil has coached many successful teams and players within his 25 year coaching career including players of State, Regional and National team level. His roles on the field have encompassed all age groups, Coaching both Boys & Girls teams of all ages & levels. Neil and his wife Sameth have 2 children, Madisen 14 and Emma 12

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