Director of Operations
Communications and Community Outreach Associate
|Education and Social Services|
SBU Academy Program Director
Director of College Placement and Alumni
High School Education Director
Middle School Education Director
Immigration Services Program Manager
Volunteer Coordinator, SBU Academy
Volunteer Coordinator, Community Programs
|Soccer Programs Staff|
Director of Soccer Programs
Community Soccer Programs Coordinator
Recreational Program Coordinator
Global Youth League Coordinator
SBU Academy Master Coach
Andrew So Executive Director and Co-Founder
South Bronx United merges Andrew's passions for soccer, education, and community development. He co-founded South Bronx United in 2009 with his wife Steph while teaching mathematics and special education at New Day Academy, a public secondary school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. He has also served as a math instructional coach in New York City public schools and worked with Bronx youth in the other capacities from a camp counselor to athletic coach to special education administrator. Andrew holds a “D” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and coached South Bronx United travel soccer teams until 2014. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from Stanford University and earned a Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. He is an alumnus of the We Are The Bronx Fellowship, a partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council's Cause-NY, Hostos Community College, and the Bronx Borough President's Office. He is a former trustee of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and chair of the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.
Mario Biancamano Director of Operations
Mario joined South Bronx United full-time in 2016, after volunteering as a coach in the Recreational Program. He has served as Center Director at Score, an after school educational center in Queens, and lived abroad to run a modeling agency, Trinity Talent Qatar. Mario earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and International Studies. He also holds a US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License.
Caitie Adams Development Manager
Caitie began volunteering with South Bronx United as a College Prep Mentor in Fall 2016. Before joining the staff as the organization's full time Development Manager, Caitie worked in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health managing various projects and research initiatives. In Cleveland, Caitie served as a Development Associate for a diversity and cultural competence training organization. She lives in Washington Heights, is learning Spanish and is an avid runner. Caitie has an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, both from Cleveland State University.
Bridget Mahon SBU Academy Program Director
Bridget joined South Bronx United in 2015 as a Youth Development Counselor. Bridget earned a B.S. from the George Washington University, where she played Division I soccer as a goalkeeper. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston University, with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Prior to South Bronx United, she served as a Clinical Liaison at Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, MA, and as a Staff Therapist at the South Bay Mental Health Center in Malden, MA.
Jessica Marroquin Director of College Guidance and Alumni
Jessica previously worked as a College Readiness Program Coordinator at Middle Earth, a youth services organization in New Jersey. In working with SBU youth, she has been able to draw on her personal background having immigrated with her family from El Salvador. She holds a B.A. from Thomas Edison State University in Social Sciences.
Andrew Hanson Middle School Education Director
Andrew joined South Bronx United in 2018 as the Assistant Director of Education Programs but had previously volunteered as a coach in the Recreational Soccer Program and SBU Academy. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, soccer is in his blood. Andrew served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where he used sports as a vehicle for a more holistic approach to youth development. He has also taught at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Illinois and coached the boys junior varsity soccer team. He holds a US Soccer Federation 'D' Coaching License. Andrew holds a Masters of Arts in Spirituality from Fordham University and earned Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Organizational Communications from Creighton University, where he also played club soccer and managed the Men’s Soccer Division I team.
Sara Gomez Immigration Services Program Manager
Soccer has always been a part of Sara's life, starting her playing career at age 5. Her mother is a first generation Puerto Rican and South Bronx native and her father immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. Sara intimately understands the power of soccer as a tool for social change. She is passionate about the game and the South Bronx community. Prior to joining SBU Sara worked as a youth advocate/social worker for NYCFC and at the Federal Defenders of New York as a paralegal and then as paralegal supervisor. She was raised in Arizona and moved to NYC in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from New York University in 2015 and Master's in Social Work from Columbia University in 2019. She lives in Harlem with her beloved cat, Fred, and her little brother.
Andy Jenkins Director of Soccer Programs
Andy joined the SBU team in August 2017 after receiving his BSc in Business Management from Queen’s University in his native home, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Football has always been an integral part of Andy’s life from playing to watching to coaching. Andy started his coaching career with Glentoran Football Club and today holds a UEFA B Coaching License. His first venture into US Soccer came in 2014 when he worked for Global Premier Soccer as a Head Coach and Head of Player Development for Wellesley United Soccer. In Spring 2017, Andy was a Head Coach and Regional Manager for Liverpool FC NJ. As SBU’s Director of Soccer Programs, Andy oversees all on-field programs, providing support and guidance to our Recreational and Travel coaches.
Jorge Guiracocha Community Soccer Coordinator
Jorge joined South Bronx United in the summer of 2018, right after earning his B.A. in Philosophy from New York University. Jorge was first introduced to coaching during his freshman year of college, where he volunteered as an assistant coach for City in the Community (CITC), which is supported by New York City FC. Later he was promoted to head coach and worked with various age groups developing his coaching skills. As a Bronx native he understands the adversities striking this community and hopes to make an impact with sport. As Community Soccer Coordinator, he will combine his knowledge of the Bronx and soccer to help grow the Recreational Soccer Program and SBU Community Schools program.
Sam Kellogg AmeriCorps Coach-Mentor
Sam joins South Bronx United through the AmeriCorps Up2Us Coaches program for the 2018/19 season. Sam started his coaching career as a recreational coach in the Westchester county area. He also has previous and current experience coaching for the New York Red Bulls youth programs. He currently holds a USSF Grassroots License and has obtained a B.A in Psychology from SUNY Purchase.
George Nantwi SBU Academy Master Coach
George joined South Bronx United in 2009 as a travel soccer coach. While coaching both girls, boys, and mens teams, he also assists with coordination of the Travel Soccer Program. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he majored in political science. He works as a researcher at the EdLab at Columbia University Teacher’s College currently focusing on Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a multi million dollar grant aimed at teaching the federal budget, national debt and deficit to junior and high school students.