Ben Hardy grew up in Durham, NH, where he attended Oyster River High School. He played for the first SUSC team as a U16 in 1993, coached by Mike Noonan. Hardy went on to play at Middlebury College where he earned First Team All American status his senior year in 1998. He returned to the Middlebury College team in 2006 as Assistant Coach and helped guide the program to its first National Championship in 2007. He currently resides in Richmond, Vermont.
Steve Hardy recently retired as Professor of Kinesiology and Affiliate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. Steve was one of the founders of the Seacoast United Soccer Club and served as its first President from 1992-1995. He and his wife Donna live in Durham, where they raised three wonderful sons: Josh, Ben, and Nate. Josh died of brain cancer in 1993 at age 18. Nate, a Navy SEAL, was killed in action in 2008. Ben and Nate played on the club’s first teams. Steve has worked in the sport industry since 1970, as a coach, an administrator, and an NCAA faculty athletics representative. He has taught sport management and sport studies courses at University of Washington, Robert Morris University, Carnegie Mellon University, and UNH. He is co-author of Sport Marketing, which has been translated into eight languages. His publications also include How Boston Played (1982, 2003) and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He has won college and university awards for excellence in research and teaching. He is also a founder of the Charles Holt Archives of American Hockey, which are located at UNH’s Dimond Library.
Ron Kratt retired from Delta Air Lines in June 2003 following 32 years of service as a pilot. He served SUSC most notably as a Board Member and club registrar. He also served as team manager/escort for teams traveling to Iceland, Wales, and England.
Ron and wife Sally live in Albany, NH after relocating 10 years ago from Hampton. They have three fine sons: Brian, Todd and Tim. In 1993 Ron and Brian were instrumental in restarting the travel soccer program in Hampton and named it the "Hampton Attack." Tim and Todd played for SUSC from U-14 through U-19. Their U-18 and U-19 teams coached by Paul Willis and Rob Thompson were State Champions. As a result of volunteer positions in the community Ron was awarded the Sam Folds Volunteer of the Year for 1996/97 from the New Hampshire Soccer Association.
The memories and friendship gained through six plus years with the growth of SUSC will never be forgotten.
Mike Noonan enters his fifth season as Head Men’s Coach at Clemson in 2014. In the four previous years his teams have showed marked improvement and in 2013, he led the Tigers to their best season in several years.
In 2013, he led the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament and a ranking of 24th in the final Soccer America poll. Both of these accomplishments were milestones that have not been reached since the 2006 season. During this impressive season, midfielder Thomas McNamara was an All-American on the field and an Academic All-American. He was the first player at Clemson to accomplish this feat since 1998. Clemson finished the season with an 11-7-3 mark and this was the best record for the Tigers since 2006. The Tigers also advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second straight year losing in OT to eventual champion Maryland.
Another highlight of the 2013 season was Coach Noonan reaching the 250-career wins plateau, nearing the exclusive 300-victory club. He now has a career record of 254-149-59 in 25 years. In those 25 years, 11 players have signed MLS contracts and he has guided his teams to 15 upset wins over top 25 ranked squads. Under his tutelage, there have been 11 All-America selections.
Noonan came to Clemson from Brown University. Coach Noonan compiled an impressive 160-77-31 record in 15 years at Brown. During his tenure with the Bears, Noonan led Brown to 10 NCAA Tournament berths, including NCAA Quarterfinal appearances in 1995 and 2000, eight Ivy League Championships, and the team's highest national ranking ever (third) during the 1995 season.
Prior to his arrival at Brown, Noonan led the University of New Hampshire (1990-1994) to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1994 for the first time in the school's history, ironically losing to Brown in the first round at Stevenson Field. His Wildcats finished with a 15-5-2 record in 1994, playing 11 matches against top 20 teams, while setting a school record for victories. New Hampshire also captured the North Atlantic Conference's regular season championship that year. Noonan compiled a 48-23-9 record in four years as head coach at New Hampshire. He was the 1993 New England Coach of the Year, and in 1992 was named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. It was during his tenure @ UNH that he assisted in founding Seacoast United of which he continues to take a great deal of pride in today.
Coach Noonan also served as the head soccer coach at Wheaton College from 1989 to 1990, where he was the first coach in the program's history. He was an assistant coach at the University of Vermont from 1986 to 1989, and an assistant coach at Bates College in 1983.
A 1983 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-American, Noonan embarked on a professional playing career in Sweden before returning to the United States to play for both the MISL and the AISA. He was voted to the AISA All-Star team in 1985. An outstanding player, he was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall Fame in 1999 and the state of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.
Noonan currently holds a UEFA "A" license from the English FA and an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation as well. He is also a National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association.
Mike and his wife, Deb Belcher, have two daughters Caleigh and Meghan.
Christian Martinez is a 1997 graduate of Marshwood High School where he won two Maine State Soccer Championships and All New England Honors. He was a player on the first of Seacoast United's two teams. He spent his entire youth career at the Club coached by Paul Willis and Chris LaBerge. He played on the Club's Men's team before starting his college career at Brown University under Mike Noonan. While at Brown, Christian was a four year starter and his freshman soccer class won three Ivy League titles and earned four straight trips to the Division 1 NCAA Tournament. In his senior year, the team went 7-0-0 in the Ivy League, the record marked the first time since 1983 that an Ivy team finished perfect in the league. The team would advance to the Final 8 of the NCAA tournament losing 1-0 to eventual National Champions, the University of Connecticut. Christian graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a BA in International Relations. He currently resides and works in New York City. He is a junior portfolio manager at UBS Financial Services on a private wealth team, Gabriele Wealth Management. Gabriele Wealth Management specializes in constructing and managing customized portfolios for wealthy investors seeking sensible returns with a focus on the management of risk and volatility. The team was voted to Barron's Top 1,200 Advisor list in 2013.
Michael J. Simchik is a resident of Rye, New Hampshire and has 2 children (Jamie and Casey) with his wife, Jacki, who, unfortunately, passed away in 2005. Jamie and Casey both played for Seacoast United throughout their high school years. Jamie graduated from Colgate University, lived in Australia for nearly 3 years, is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan and will graduate in May 2015 with a double major (Master of Urban Planning and an MBA). Casey graduated from Wesleyan University, played squash and tennis there for all four years, has lived/worked in San Francisco for the previous three years and will enter the MBA program at the University of Michigan in September 2015. Michael is an experienced developer/investor in commercial properties and is a Principal of both 100 Market Street, LLC and Capital Commons, LLC and has recently invested in property in Colorado. In addition, he was the Founder, President and Managing Director of Standard Supply International, Ltd., an international distributor of engineered mechanical products utilized in the power generation and/or oil and gas exploration industries. Michael was also a Founding Director and the largest shareholder in Centrix Bank which is under agreement to merge with Eastern Bank in the latter part of 2014. (Eastern Bank is the oldest and largest mutual bank in the United States.) Furthermore, he has invested in several start-up ventures; currently, he serves as the interim CEO of Ensconce Data Technology, of which he is, as well, the lead investor and Board Member. He also is an investor in CoolCore LLC, an innovative fabric company with cooling technology that is rapidly gaining traction in the field of high performance athletics. Over the years, he has undertaken directorships and assumed principal roles in various not-for-profit entities, recently focusing on social enterprise ventures. In the latter regard, Michael is a Founder and CEO of “Meals4Others”, an innovative for-profit business model that targets the hunger problem in America and will provide 3,000,000+ meals for the less-fortunate in 2014. He holds an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, as well as a BA from Colgate University.