TJ MCCALLUM, DIRECTOR OF COACHING (DOC)

 

TJ McCallum has been playing soccer since age 4. He went through the Williamson County Soccer Association in middle Tennessee and the club TNFC. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He was a 4-year starter at Maryville College, earning All-Conference all four years and All-Southern Region for three years. He then spent four seasons with the Nashville Metros in the USL PDL league. As a rookie, he was named All-Southern Region player in the league in 2003. He spent one year with the Knoxville Force in the NPSL league.

TJ began his coaching career at Blount United in 2003 while at Maryville College. He also coached the Maryville Middle School boys in 2005. He returned to Blount United full-time in 2008 and has been coaching boys and girls teams since then.

Contact me: DOC@blountunited.com

Anna Land, Director of Academy Growth (DAG)

Coach Anna, our Director of the BUSC Academy, started playing soccer at the age of 5 with Parks n' Rec. It wasn't until after making the Maryville High soccer team that she began playing with Blount United. She was coached by none other than our Director of Coaching, TJ McCallum! Anna has been a coach in the Academy for four years and has been the director for over a year. She continues to play in adult co-ed indoor and outdoor leagues throughout Knoxville. Outside of coaching, Anna enjoys teaching yoga, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends. She currently works as a Client Service Specialist with Axiome Advisory Group. She is licensed to coach at the 7v7 level.

Academy Director

 

 

Sandy Sandoval, DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (DPD)

 

In my soccer journey, I initially developed my passion for the sport during my youth. My involvement in soccer transitioned from the playing field to coaching in 2012. A significant chapter of my soccer growth came when I relocated overseas due to the military, specifically to England and Germany. Over the course of six years, I immersed myself in the vibrant soccer cultures of these nations, studying their renowned youth development systems. The exposure to diverse coaching philosophies became a priceless asset, shaping my view on developing youth players. With the knowledge acquired abroad, I returned to my local community with a mission to implement progressive and effective training methods. My focus extended beyond my own children, training aspiring soccer players in Blount County. The cultivation of my experience overseas helped shape my coaching philosophy. Currently, I proudly serve as an assistant coach for Blount United 2014, contributing to the development of youth soccer players.

With nearly two decades of experience as a current Air Force service member, I have consistently taken on leadership roles within various organizations, overseeing both large teams and smaller groups. My track record reflects a commitment to high-level performance and the effective execution of duties. A significant aspect of my professional journey has been dedicated to training, where I have played a pivotal role in shaping the skills and capabilities of personnel under my supervision. In the realm
of coaching, my engagement extends beyond the military domain to include over a decade of experience in youth sports. I have developed players in an individual basis, group basis, and have fostered a learning environment for those on different teams, clubs, and high schools to come together and play the beautiful game of soccer.

Contact me: DPD@blountunited.com

Bri McDaniel, DIRECTOR OF SOCCER OPERATIONS (DoSO)

Bri has played soccer since she was three years old. The first nine years of her soccer development consisted of training at CASL (now North Carolina FC) in Raleigh, NC. After moving to Maryville, she became one of the captains on the D1 BUSC '92 STARZ team from 2006-2011. Bri returned to the club as head coach of the 2006 Lady Hammers in 2014. The '06 Lady Hammers won five tournaments and were three-time runner ups in tournaments across Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Their most notable tournament wins included the Carolina Shootout in Charlotte, NC in 2017 and the Music City Invitational in Nashville, TN in 2018.
Bri left the club temporarily in 2019 to join the TN Air National Guard where she continues to serve as a noncomissioned officer at the 134th Air Refueling Wing. Bri graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2023 with a degree in Health & Human Performance. She is now back serving as the club's Director of Soccer Operations.

Contact Bri: DoSO@blountunited.com

 

 

Interested in coaching for Blount United?

We are always looking to expand our coaching staff as our club grows! Ideal candidates will have head coaching experience and appropriate licensing. Please contact TJ McCallum, BUSC Director of Coaching, at doc@blountunited.com with any interest or questions.