Winthrop Soccer Camps - Staff
Spencer Smith, Head Women's Soccer Coach
Spencer Smith is entering his seventh year as Head Coach of the Winthrop Women’s Soccer team. He came to WU after coaching at Radford University, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Lincoln Memorial University on the men’s side.
Since joining the Eagles in 2010, Smith has helped guide Winthrop to two Regular Season titles (2010, 2011) and a tournament runner-up in 2012. During his six years the Lady Eagles have compiled 56 wins which is most in program history and Smith has won 31 conference games, also most by any coach in the programs history.
Under Smith’s guidance the Lady Eagles have had 3 Big South Conference “Attacking Players of the Year”, 1 “Freshman of the Year”, and 11 All-Conference players.
Since arriving in Rock Hill in 2010, Smith has coached at Discoveries Soccer Club both on the girls and boys side. His u-17 girls team appeared in the South Carolina State Cup Semi-Final and eventually earned a spot into USYSA Region III.
Smith, who holds a NSCAA Premier diploma, is married to wife Julie. They have three children; Alyssa, Landon, and Merric.
Johnathan Brabson, Associate Head Women's Soccer Coach
Johnathan Brabson is beginning his eleventh season as Associate Head Coach for the women’s soccer program at Winthrop. Brabson was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the spring of 2013 after being named assistant coach in 2006. During his stay in Rock Hill, Brabson has helped lead the Eagles to two Big South Conference Championship appearances and 3 regular season titles. He has been instrumental to the success of the program both on and off the field.
Prior to joining the Lady Eagles, Brabson spent six seasons as the head coach and two years as an assistant coach of the Queens University of Charlotte women’s soccer team. His teams combined for 45 wins in his seasons at Queens. Also, he coached six all-region performers and 14 all-conference players.
He graduated from Maryville (TN) College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational management. He was a four-year starter and team captain while at Maryville. In 1997, he was selected to the NSCAA All-South Region Team.
Before he began his coaching career, Brabson used his skills on the field as he played semi-professional soccer for two years with the Chattanooga Express and Clarksville Gunners.
Brabson currently coaches in Charlotte Soccer Academy’s u-13 Copa. He works with both North Carolina and South Carolina ODP programs.
Brabson and his wife, Tara, have two children, Jake, and Macie. The Brabson’s reside in Charlotte, NC.
Daniel Ridenhour, Head Men's Soccer Coach
Daniel Ridenhour was named head men's soccer coach on Dec. 17, 2015 after completing his 12th season on the coaching staff, including the past seven years as the associate head coach. He came to Winthrop after spending three seasons at Georgia State as an assistant coach. Ridenhour succeeds Rich Posipanko, who retired after 27 years at the Winthrop helm.
During his time with the Eagles, Ridenhour has helped the program capture five Big South Conference championships and five trips to the NCAA College Cup. The Eagles have amassed 141 wins since Ridenhour’s arrival in 2003.
While at Georgia State he worked as an assistant coach for the Georgia Boys Olympic Development Program. His 87 Georgia ODP State team won the 2004 ODP Region Championship and went to National Championship in 2005.
Ridenhour played his college soccer at Old Dominion University. He was a four-year letterman and a team captain in 2000. He graduated from ODU with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Business Management.
Currently, Ridenhour coaches the Discoveries Soccer Club u-16 Green team. Prior to DSC, he coached at Charlotte United for 4 years. He has been a mainstay in the local club system for the past 12 years. Ridenhour holds a USSF “A” license.
He is married to wife Emily and resides in Rock Hill, SC with their two daughters, Phoebe and Winnie Alewine, and sons Paco Roo and Captain.
Phil Hindson, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Phil Hindson returns to Winthrop after a 12 season of absence from the Rock Hill campus. He has spent the last six seasons as head coach of the UNC Pembroke men's soccer program.
During his six seasons with the Braves, he won 47 games while leading them to the program's third best finish (NCAA Div. II era) with 12 wins and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. That season the Braves advance to the second round of the tournament with a 3-2 win over Mars Hill. Under Hindson's guidance the program had two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, a PBC Freshman of the Year, a Golden Ball Winner, PBC Player of the Year, two Daktronics All-Region and NSCAA All-Region players, 10 NCCSIA All-State players, six All-PBC players, six PBC All-Tournament players, 10 PBC Players of the Week, 15 PBC All-Academic Team players and the team garnered a sportsmanship award in 2011.
Hindson left Winthrop for an assistant coaching job at Clemson for the 2004 season. He spent five years as an assistant and was the interim head coach of the Tigers in 2009 before leaving for UNC Pembroke following the season. During his six seasons, including the one as interim coach, Clemson posted 56 wins, advanced to the Final Four in 2005 and the Sweet 16 in 2006. In 2005 the Tigers had a final ranking of 3rd in the nation.
In 2000 Hindson joined former Winthrop head coach Rich Posipanko's staff as an assistant coach and helped the program to a record of 47-28-5 during that time. He was part of the program's first ever Big South Conference Championship when the Eagles defeated 13th-ranked Coastal Carolina in the final, 1-0 in overtime.
Hindson enjoyed a successful career at William Carey as a player as he holds several records after a career of 54 goals and 22 assists for 130 points in his three seasons. He was a three-time all-conference selection as well as being named all-region and earned all-america honors in 1995. He graduated from William Carey in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned his master's in physical education from Winthrop in 2005. In 2011 he was a member of the Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class at William Carey.
Hindson and his wife Liz, along with their daughter Sophia, and son Connor reside in Rock Hill.