Coastal Carolina men’s soccer adds six newcomers
Alexander Mapp (Medina, Ohio) transferred to CCU from Ashland University (2018-19) after spending two years at the University of Akron (2016-17). The defender also spent two seasons at Ashland, including one under former head coach and current Coastal Carolina associate head coach Oliver Slawson. He started 26 of the 29 matches he played, including posting 16 starts during the 2018 season in which the Eagles won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLAIC) tournament where he was named the 2018 GLIAC MVP. With the tournament title, the Eagles earned the GLIAC’s automatic berth into the first round of the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Alex Kinateder (Mallorca, Spain) has transferred to CCU after starting 26 games for the University of Alabama-Huntsville during the 2019 season. The Chargers made a postseason run into the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference (GSC) Championship. Following the tournament, Kinateder was named to GSU All-Tournament team. Kinateder received several honors for his work in the classroom as well. He was named to the 2019 GSC All-Academic Honor Roll as well as to the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Dean’s List at UAH. He was also named to the Fall 2020 UAH President’s List.
The Chanticleers reached into North Carolina to sign Jimmy Glendenning (Wilmington, N.C.). He graduated in 2020 from Hoggard High School where he led both the state of North Carolina in assists and assists per game. His final assists per game totals were the highest in the nation in high school soccer during his senior season. He led Hoggard to three conference titles and was named all-district and all-conference by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
Aimen Benabid (Berkshire, England) signed with the Chanticleers and will play goalkeeper. He played for The Henley College where he once had 12 saves in picking up a shutout victory. An all-around athlete, Aimen was also a member of the boxing team and played golf for three seasons where he also won a golf tournament.
Luca Contestabile (Chaska, Minn.) came to CCU from Minnesota. The Chaska High School graduate will play in the midfield for the Chants. He played club soccer with Portland Timbers Academy where he helped lead the Timbers to an undefeated season in the DA Cup. He also recently played in Spain with the ETURE Playing Academy.
Another Englishman that has signed with the Chants is Toby McCallum (London, England). He has experience as a center midfielder and helped lead Millfield High School to the International Schools’ Football Association Cup. It was the fifth time Millfield has won the title. Before heading west to the United States, McCallum was training and playing with Derby County U23 Academy.
The Chants will begin the spring season Saturday Feb. 20, when they host West Virginia at noon ET at the CCU Soccer Stadium.