Elite Soccer Academy of New England - Dartmouth College

Coaching Staff

Chad Duernberger
Assistant Coach

Chad Duernberger enters his second season on the Dartmouth men's soccer coaching staff for the 2019 season as an assistant coach.

Duernberger comes to Hanover after serving as an associate head coach at Penn State where he has coached for the last seven years. In 2011 he began his tenure at Penn State and in 2016 was promoted to the associate head coach position.

With the Nittany Lions, Duernberger helped lead the team to back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles and coached them in two NCAA Tournament appearances. After winning the Big Ten in 2013, Penn State entered the tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 after upsetting No. 10 UC Santa Barbara. In 2014 Duernberger was on the sidelines as the Nittany Lions recorded their 800th win while on their way to the best start in program history (10-0-1) winning seven-straight matches for the first time since 2005.

Prior to his time at Penn State, Duernberger spent three seasons as the head coach at the University of Charleston, a Division II program in the capital city of West Virginia. He inherited a team that finished 0-17 in the prior season and began to turn the team around posting a 4-11-2 record the following season. In his second year the transition came full circle, as he coached the Golden Eagles to a 19-4-0 mark, including a perfect 10-0 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. UC won the WVIAC regular season and tournament titles and ended the season ranked No. 7 in the nation in Division II. Through this, Duernberger was named the NSCAA DII National Coach of the Year.

In his final season at Charleston, the team finished 16-4-1 overall and 10-1-0 in league action, again winning the WVIAC season and tournament crowns. Through his time coaching at UC, he produced four NSCAA All-Americans, 10 NSCAA All-Atlantic Region honorees and 12 First Team All-WVIAC selections.

Before his tenure at Charleston, Duernberger was a graduate assistant at Marshall University from 2006-07. He was a four-year starter at Charleston from 2002-06 earning First Team All-WVIAC honors three times and all-region recognition in 2002.

A native of Belle, West Virginia, he was named the 2001 West Virginia High School State Forward of the Year and was named First Team All-State in three consecutive seasons. Duernberger was inducted into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.


Stewart Flaherty
Assistant Coach

Stewart Flaherty returns to Hanover in 2019 for his second season as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth men's soccer team after six seasons at Bates College.

A native of Middlesbrough, England, and a 2004 graduate of Loughborough University with a master's degree in sport psychology, Flaherty has accumulated extensive experience with player development and recruitment in the US. In addition to serving six seasons as head coach of Bates College, Flaherty also served as assistant coach with the Portland Phoenix senior team in the Premier Development League (PDL).

Flaherty helped the Phoenix make the PDL playoffs in five different seasons, including four Northeast Division titles.  The team also competed four times on the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, advancing to the second round in 2013.

Flaherty has coached several first-round MLS draft picks at the PDL leve, including Charlie Rugg (Los Angeles Galaxy 2013), Emmanuel Appiah (Colorado Rapids 2016) and Dartmouth's own Wyatt Omsberg (Minnesota United 2018). Omsberg's youth coach for three years, Flaherty also coached PDL goalkeepers Ciaran Nugent (Galway United) and Matt Williams (Dayton Dutch Lions) with the latter going on to break the USL Pro career record for saves.

At Bates, Flaherty took the reins after the team had two winless NESCAC records in the previous three years. In his final season (2017) leading the Bobcats, Flaherty guided the team to an 8-6-2 mark (3-5-2 NESCAC) in what was the program's best record in a decade, and their qualification for postseason play ended an eight-year playoff drought. Bates also ended a six-year stretch without a home NESCAC win in 2014, and won at Williams for the first time in 36 years the following season.

In 2013, Flaherty became the first Bates athletic department staff member to earn the Harward Center Award for community volunteerism, leadership, and engagement. His soccer squad put considerable time into the community, volunteering at Hillview School, Tree Street Youth and Trinity Soup Kitchen, plus participating in MLK Reading Day. The team also played two 9/11 memorial games after which commemorative jerseys were auctioned off, helping to raise over $10,000 benefitting the Lewiston Fire Department and Families of Freedom.

After graduating from Loughborough University, Flaherty served his first coaching role as a volunteer assistant with Loughborough College in England. He accepted his first head coaching position as girls' soccer coach at Cody High School in Wyoming, where he helped the Fillies break the school's all-time record for wins in a single season in 2005 and land their first two all-state players, one of whom also won the Gatorade Player of the Year Award for Wyoming. Flaherty then spent over a year working as a youth development coach for MLS Camps and the MLS franchise Real Salt Lake.

At the end of 2006, Flaherty moved East and spent time coaching with TSF Academy and the MPS Cape Cod Crusaders. He led the TSF U23 Women to a USSF Region I Championship, as the team went the entire season undefeated and had players from Seton Hall, Penn State and Rutgers on the roster.

In 2009, Flaherty entered the NCAA coaching ranks with Division II Felician College in Rutherford, New Jersey, where he served as goalkeeper coach under Patrick Snyder and current New York Red Bulls Youth Director Simon Nee.


Chris Coleman
Assistant Coach

Chris begins his first season as an assistant coach with Bates in 2019 after serving as Technical Director for GPS Maine for the past five years.

"I can't wait for the season to start," Coleman said. "Knowing Bates athletics and Tyler, it is an exciting time for the men’s soccer team.  We have a talented group of first-years joining our ranks and we are on the brink of something special.  After meeting the returning lads I can sense we all have the desire to perform and take the program to the next level."

As a player, Chris was an attacking talent throughout his career in Liverpool, England where he garnered many goal-scoring accolades through the youth systems.  Eventually, injuries ended his career and he began coaching.  Chris holds a heralded UEFA B coaching license. He started coaching in the U.S. at 18 and has left his mark in Chicago, Ohio and even Canada before settling in Maine.

In Maine, Chris was the Technical Director of Global Premier Soccer Maine and also a GPS National team coach. His GPS National teams have won the Dana Cup and Gothia Cup.  In addition, Chris assisted the Portland Phoenix USL 2 Men’s team.  As head coach with the Yarmouth High School girls soccer team he led them to the Maine Class B state championship and an undefeated 18-0 season in 2017.


Chiara Caen
Assistant Coach

Chiara Caen enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Bates women’s soccer program. Prior to this role, Caen served as the head coach of William T. Dwyer High School varsity soccer in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. During her first season as head coach, she guided the Panthers to the semifinals of their league and rounded out the season with an 11-6 record. In her second year, she led the Panthers to another playoff appearance. She was nominated for Coach of the Year for the North Division in Palm Beach County in 2018 and in 2019 received the Coach of the Year for the North Division in Palm Beach County. From 2014-2017, Caen served as Dwyer’s junior varsity head coach. Also, Caen taught and coached the Dwyer Speech and Debate team and guided six students to two different national tournaments.  Caen was a member of the National Speech and Debate Association, Degree of Distinction. Caen was also the Panthers' junior varsity lacrosse coach from 2016-2019.

Caen graduated with a dual major at the University of Hartford and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Integrated Elementary Education with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Studies. While at the University of Hartford she was a member of the women’s soccer team. During her time at the University of Hartford, Caen was part of the 2006 America East regular season and tournament championship team. Additionally, that year the Hawks made their 13th NCAA tournament appearance and after the 2006 season, Caen and the Hawks made two America East tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008.  During Caen’s athletic and academic career she received the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll award, University of Hartford Soccer Excellence Award and the University of Hartford Scholar Athlete Award. After graduating in 2009, Caen competed at the amateur level, with the New York Athletic Club in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. In 2011-2012, Caen became an amateur boxer in the state of New York and competed in two boxing events.

In 2018, Caen graduated with a Masters of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. While Caen was enrolled at Georgetown, she was one of 22 students selected to participate in Georgetown University's first FC Barcelona Study Tour in Barcelona, Spain. During this study tour, Caen and her classmates conferred with FC Barcelona’s executive team members. Furthermore, Caen was nominated for The Hoya Professional 30 award.

Caen is originally from Long Island, New York. She now resides in Lewiston with her dog, Batty.