Our Staff

South Tahoe FC is led by a professional DOC and training staff.


Brandon garinger
Director of coaching

Brandon joins the STFC soccer staff, and was previously an assistant coach at Lake Tahoe Community College. Prior to that, he was an assistant for the South Tahoe High School girls' varsity team, helping the Vikings to consecutive Nevada Division I-A state championships. Before arriving in South Lake Tahoe, Brandon worked as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Pace University (NY), NCAA Division III SUNY Purchase College (NY), and was a head coach for club and high school teams in Hawaii, California and New York. Brandon also helped train the men's and women's youth national teams for St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and The Grenadines (Caribbean), both FIFA CONCACAF members, and holds a USSF "C" License.

As an athlete, Brandon played soccer collegiately at NCAA Division I Stanford University, participating in the NCAA National Championship in 1998. As a youth, he was a member of the Connecticut ODP and Region I ODP teams. He earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford in 2000.


Nick Arbelaez
Boys Trainer

Nick was born and raised in Las Vegas, where he started playing soccer at the age of four. He's coached high school, collegiate and club-level soccer since 2003, and is the Men's head coach at Lake Tahoe Community College.  He also played college soccer at Neosho County Community College and at San Francisco State University.  Nick holds a USSF "C" License. 

Coaching Experience:

  • Men's Head Coach, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA (Jul. 2015 – present)

  • Pro Staff Coach, Heat FC, Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 2014 – Jun. 2015)

  • Pro Staff Coach, Neusport Football Club, Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 2006 – Jul. 2011)

  • Head Soccer Coach, Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, NV (Aug. 2006 – Jun. 2009)

  • Head Women's Assistant Soccer Coach, Ontario High School, Ontario, CA (Aug. 2003 – Jun. 2006)

  • Coach, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (Aug. 2003 – Jun. 2006)

Professional Accomplishments:

  • 2006, 2007, 2008 – Sunset Division Coach of the Year

  • 2006, 2007, 2008 – Boys Soccer Nevada State Champion

  • 2003 – Ontario H.S. Women's Soccer CIF Playoffs