Mike Doherty is the former men’s head coach at Colgate University. During his 20 years as head coach, Mike was named the Lanzera National Coach of the Year, the Patriot League Coach of the Year, and earned two NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors. He also captured two Howard Hartman Awards as Colgate’s Coach of the Year. Mike coached an All-American, nine first-team all-region players, 28 first-team all-Patriot League selections, a Patriot League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, two Rookies of the Year, and two tournament MVPs. As the former Managing Director for Lightning Soccer Club, Mike helped build the club to compete at the state and regional levels in numbers not seen before the club, sending two teams to the Region 1 Championships. Mike currently serves as the Athletic Director and head boys’ varsity coach at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH.
Kristin Graham has worked as Managing Director of LSC since 2009. Prior to that she served on the board of directors of LSC. Kris’s soccer interest started in her youth in south central Pennsylvania (where she had to play on boys teams because girls’ teams did not yet exist!). She played through high school (Burke Mountain Academy) and at college (Williams College). After college she played on women’s teams in Pennsylvania. Kris has an MFA degree in Directing from Penn State, and holds a Level 6 coaching license from NSCAA. 3 of her children played for LSC growing up.
Club Administrator & Registrar
Starting in 2003, Donna became involved with Lightning SC as an LSC parent of three daughters who played on various LSC teams up through various LSC teams up through 2015. Donna attended Burke Mountain Academy for high school where she was a national level ski racer, and played on their varsity soccer team. She attended Williams College (class of 1987), where she was a ski racer (alpine, Div I) and played on the varsity women's soccer team (Div III). After joining LSC, she quickly took on several positions, including team manager and assistant coach for her daughters' travel teams, and various clinics and camps. In 2007, Donna became a member of the board and more active in the development of the club. With her business management background as President/CEO of World Cup Supply, she took on the role of LSC Club Administrator/Registrar and Bookkeeper in 2009. She has been integral to the expansion of the club, from 200 to 500 players, and its evolution from a state level program to a regional premier club.
Director of Coaching
Charles Mhlauri is Lightning Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching. He is the former head coach of the Zimbabwe National Team, participating in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations Games. He holds the most advanced coaching degree in Germany and has worked with some of the top German clubs, including Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, training both senior and junior players. In addition to his work on the national team and in youth programs, he has coached and produced some of the top players in the English Premier League, such as Benjani Mwaruwari (Manchester City), and Peter Ndlovu (Coventry F.C., Sheffield F.C., Birmingham City FC). Most recently Charles worked at camps at Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Franklin Pierce University. In 2008, Charles was named Ambassador for Grass Roots Soccer, an international non-profit organization that provides African youth with the knowledge, life skills, and support to live HIV-free through the game of soccer.
Chris Dawes grew up playing football in Jamaica. He played for Galaxy FC and Portmore United, and also played on the U20, U23, and the Senior National team for Jamaica, earning over 60 caps. He participated in the 1998 World Cup for Jamaica. Chris played professionally for the Belgian club, Handzame (1996), and for the Colorado Rapids (2001). In his coaching career, he led the U17 boys’ national team for Jamaica and coached in the premier league for the club he co-founded, Sporting Central Academy in Clarendon, Jamaica. Chris holds his FA International Intermediate certificate, Jamaican Football Federation Advanced Level II certificate, and NSCAA National Diploma.
Soren is a long-time resident of the Upper Valley who started his soccer career at the original Lightning Soccer Camps. He played soccer at Oxbow High School in Bradford, VT and went on to play varsity soccer at High Point University in North Carolina. Soren has had a diverse range of coaching experiences. At the college level, he has served as an assistant coach for both Division III Westminster College, PA and for Springfield College, MA, and has coached at the Duke University and Dartmouth College camps. In addition, Soren has coached at the youth and high school level all throughout the Upper Valley. He holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.
Assistant Club Administrator
Sally has worked with Lightning Soccer Club since moving to the Upper Valley in 2012. A former development officer for various Independent Schools, Sally now serves as our Assistant Club Administrator. Sally has three boys, all of whom have been or are currently playing for LSC.