Our Staff

Supporting our growth in the schools (200+ students in 2012 to 2,000 students in 2016) is a group of 6 part-time employees with impressive soccer backgrounds, including retired North Andover Soccer Coach and current Beyond Soccer Advisory Board Member, Bill Tarbox, long-time Beyond Soccer volunteer and coach, Lucas Skelecki, who also volunteers time coaching the U10 storm, and local high school and college soccer standout, Luiny Ascensio. Further, 4 Coach-Mentors lead our travel soccer teams in the spring and fall, including David Heckendorn, Katie Espinola, Keshia Devoe and Dominic Nash.

Stephanie McArdle

Stephanie McArdle

Executive Director

Stephanie is the founder of Beyond Soccer. A former college soccer player and two-time Captain of the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer team, Stephanie has been working in Lawrence since 2006, starting with her employment as Program Coordinator of an after school nonprofit organization. Stephanie is now responsible for the overall management and coordination of Beyond Soccer, having grown it from 12 girls (the Wolves travel team) to 2,000 boys and girls, with more than 40 community partners. Stephanie also coaches the U-14 Her’ricanes travel team.

Telephone: 617-970-1623
Email: [email protected]

Johnny Noel

Johnny Noel

Finance & Operations Manager

Johnny has extensive sports experience and an impressive career in public sector. Most of his professional experience was in Mobile, Alabama where he also obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of South Alabama. In addition to focusing on business planning, budgeting and administration, Johnny is playing a critical role in the strategic decision making and operations of Beyond Soccer as it works to enhance program quality and build capacity. Johnny is also dedicating time to high school and college placement assistance and as of Fall 2016, is the Lawrence High School Boys Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach.

Telephone: 978-681-5050
Email: [email protected]

Edgar Escalante

Edgar Escalante

Director of Soccer Programs

Edgar has been involved in Beyond Soccer programs for six years. He is a former Lawrence High School varsity soccer captain and 2000 graduate. Edgar, a native of Guatemala, has his E, F and G license coaching accreditations through the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Coaches/Player Development program. In addition to working in the schools, organizing the city-wide recreational league and heading up the boys Travel Soccer program, Edgar is now leading the Lawrence High School Boys Varsity Program as Head Coach. Our relationship with LHS is important for our impact and sustainability.

Tel. 978-609-3106
Email: [email protected]

Annie Wendel

Annie Wendel

Merrimack College Community Engagement Fellow

Annie, our first-ever Fellow, pursuing her Master‘s of Education in Community Engagement through Merrimack College, joined our team in September 2016. Annie’s involvement has already been invaluable to our growing Beyond Soccer organization. She is improving our measurement and tracking system as well as enhancing our sports based youth development curriculum.
To learn more about Merrimack College’s Community Engagement Program, visit their website: http://www.merrimack.edu/academics/graduate/education/med_community_engagement/

Tel. 978-681-5050
Email: [email protected]

Lindsey McArdle

Lindsey McArdle

Health & Wellness Director

Lindsey brings a lot of great experience to the table. Lindsey was a Division I Soccer player and Captain of the Boston College Lady Eagle’s Soccer Team where she earned a degree in Communications and Health Sciences. The Eagles were ranked as high as 4th in the country her junior year. Lindsey is in charge of Health Kicks!, Beyond Soccer’s health and wellness curriculum, that teaches kids about healthy living through hands on cooking courses, nutrition counseling, fitness training, and interactive during-school programs, which combine movement games with healthy eating.