In his ten years as Maui United Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching, Brent Nunes has helped transform a small local club into a recognized program nationally both on a competitive level and with their attractive style of play. Nunes, 36 implemented club wide clear vision, training methodology, and player pathway program. He and his staff have created a grassroots Keiki Academy program as well as a competitive training environment where elite teams and individuals are constantly developing and progressing on to the next level. Nunes has guided many Maui United teams to state titles, regional tournaments, surf cups, and other national showcase events. Under Maui United's training curriculum, players are developing and moving on earning collegiate scholarships and being selected to join US Developmental Academies, and ECNL teams. Several Maui United players have also been called into the US National and Regional Team camps.
An avid student of the game, Nunes has traveled around the world visiting top academies and professional organizations to learn different methodologies of player development. At the top of his list of organizations visited are Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), FC Barcelona (Spain), Valencia Fc (Spain), and FC Twente (Holland).
Before Nunes returned home to Hawaii, he was the head assistant coach at Santa Rosa Junior College for two years, helping the Men’s program win the Big 7 Conference, and reach the national championship game in 2005 with a record of 23-1. Nunes has also been involved with the Olympic Development Program Region IV staff.
Coach Matt Llanes has been coaching at MUSC since 2013. During his time with the club, Llanes has played a key role in the development of the grassroots program and helping our young players transition into competitive soccer. Llanes focusses most of his time as a lead coach for our Foundation program (7-11 year olds) where his goals are clear, develop passionate and technical youth players. Coach Llanes is also an assistant coach with a few of our older academy teams.
Coach Craig Kinoshita has been coaching at MUSC since 2012 primarily as an assistant for both the 2005 boys and 2007 girls. Loves teaching the beautiful game of soccer through MUSC’s philosophy of problem-solving through possession and positional play. In his spare time, still enjoys playing soccer in adult recreational leagues.
Francisco Jimenez is one of MUSC's West Side coaches. Francisco has been passionate about the game of soccer since he was a young boy, always analyzing and studying the game on how to improve. He first started coaching in 2012 during his Junior year in high school. Francisco has volunteered as a coach for AYSO boys soccer for the past 6 years coaching U 6-10 boy teams. He grew up playing here on Maui, on the West Side for Lahainaluna High School as Center back. During those years he was part of the first soccer team that qualified for the Hawaii state championships. Francisco went on to play club soccer for the University of Colorado Denver. My goal is to continue to help develop Maui's youth so they move on and accomplish their goals in life.