CLOVER — Clover School District announced today Graham Stafford will lead the men’s soccer program, and will teach physical education and health at Clover High School.
Stafford replaces Chris Dundr who resigned his coaching duties following the 2013 season, one year removed from a birth in the Class AAAA Upper State championship. Dundr will continue to teach physical education at Oakridge Middle School.
The Milton Keynes, England, native has 12 years teaching experience. The last six, he taught physical education at York Road Elementary School in Rock Hill and managed Challenger, the school’s afterschool program. He also helped coach Northwestern High School to three state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He has coached youth, high school and college for 18 years. He has been involved with the expansion of Discoveries Soccer Club in York County and serves as boys technical director. He also has led coach and player clinics for Clover recreation and Lake Wylie Athletic Association.
Stafford, 38, played semi-professional soccer with Milton Keynes Football Club and then capped a four-year college career as a national champion at Brunel University College in London. As a youth player, he trained with and had trials with two English teams that competed at the country’s highest level, now known as the Premier League.
Before relocating to South Carolina, he worked with NOGA Soccer on Long Island, N.Y., Wilton High School (Wilton, Conn.), Emerson College (Boston), Rhode Island Olympic Development Program, Sporting Cristale Soccer Club (Mass.), New England Revolution (Boston), Cape Cod Crusaders (Buzzards Bay, Mass.), and Duxbury High School (Duxbury, Mass.). At Emerson, an NCAA Division III member, he was head coach for three seasons. With the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, Stafford directed summer camps, clinics and academies alongside current Anderson University head men’s soccer coach John Murphy.
He and wife Stephanie have two children and live in York.