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Ashani Samuels

Coach Ashani joined MSC's coaching staff the Fall of 2019, after 4 years of coaching Select at SAF (Southern Alliance Futbol).

Coach Ashani, a native of Jamaica, represented his country at the U20 National Team level. Starred for his Sandals Whitehouse club team that won the top division of the Major League Knockouts league and advanced all the way to the semi-finals of the Flow Champions Cup.

He was a 4 year starter at Mercer University (2011-14). Below are some of his career highlights at Mercer:

2011 - Overwhelmed and intimidated opposing players with his size and length in stints as a wide player and center back…Appeared in 17 games, making 14 starts. Picked up four points on the strength of two goal. Capped off his first collegiate season by being named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team and an All-Academic selection by the Atlantic Sun

2012 - Continued to develop into one of the most dominant center backs in the country defensively while showing improved ability on the offensive end of the pitch. Was a big part of a stingy Mercer defense that posted seven shutouts last season. Appeared and started in 19 games in 2012. Registered a career-best eight points on the strength of three goals and two assists. Piled on several awards after the season for his work on the field and in the classroom including selections to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first team, A-Sun All-Conference first team, A-Sun Conference All-Academic team and NSCAA All-South Region third team.

2013 - Transitioned into the anchor of the Mercer defense due to his strength and athleticism. Appeared and started in 19 games as a junior. Amassed three points on one goal and one assist from his center back position. Was well-recognized for his play at the end of the campaign by being voted an A-Sun All-Conference first team member and named an NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Honorable Mention selection.

2014 - Started in all 21 games for the Orange and Black. Anchored a back line that secured 10 shutouts to finish second in the league. Scored Mercer’s only goal in the 1-0 win over ETSU on Nov. 1 to secure the SoCon Championship. Named to the SoCon All-Conference First Team and the SoCon All-Tournament Team. Honored as a 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team selection.