James WhitakerHead Coach
Office Phone: 803-807-5247
James Whitaker just finished his 3rd season at the helm of the CIU men's soccer program and has been responsible for building the CIU program from the ground up. Under his leadership, CIU has steadily improved, with a program record of 30-21-5 in 3 seasons including a record 12 wins this past season.
Coach Whitaker came to Columbia International University after a highly successful stint as head coach at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida where he led the men’s soccer team to two National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) D2 National Championships. He was twice named National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and also by the NCCAA.
His goal for the men's soccer program is to build a championship-level program made up of Christ-focused young men who are committed to using soccer as a tool to glorify God. This is reflected in the men's soccer mission statement: "The mission of the men's soccer program at Columbia International University is to make an impact for Christ while competing with excellence at the highest level by using soccer as a tool to minister to others and to develop relationships where we can challenge each other in our walk with Christ.”
Following college, Coach Whitaker played professional soccer for the South Carolina Shamrocks of the USL D3 Pro League. Coach Whitaker holds the Premier Diploma from the NSCAA. He also earned his master's degree in health and exercise science from Furman University and his master's degree in educational leadership and undergraduate degree in math education from Bob Jones University.
In addition to his coaching duties at CIU, he also serves as assistant athletic director. James and his wife Beth live in Columbia and have 5 children: Jillian, Madeline, Davis, Ellison, and Jackson.
College Coaching Record: 78 wins / 46 losses / 14 ties
NCCAA II National Champions: 2009, 2010
- NSCAA Premier Diploma
- NSCAA Advance National Diploma
- NSCAA National Diploma
NCCAA National Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010
NSCAA National Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010
NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year: 2014
Jeff CrewsAssistant Coach
Jeff Crews is entering his fourth season on the men’s soccer coaching staff at CIU after moving to Columbia to be a part of the program’s inaugural season. Jeff previously served as assistant coach under Coach Whitaker at Clearwater Christian College in 2011, leading the team to a third place finish nationally. In addition, he served as the boys soccer coach at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida.
Jeff also had a highly successful playing career, serving as team captain for the Clearwater men's soccer team when they won the NCCAA D2 National Championship in 2009 and 2010. During his senior season, he was named 1st Team All-American and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament. He also earned All-Region honors his final two seasons at CCC, and was named NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 2009.
After his junior season, Jeff interned with the MLS Philadelphia Union as Assistant Team Administrator. While with the Union, Jeff worked hand-in-hand with the Union players and helped run all of the administrative details for the first year of the Philadelphia Union Academy Team.
Jeff is originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in accounting. Jeff has also completed his NSCAA National Diploma with intentions to pursue further coaching education. As assistant coach at CIU, he will serve as technical director as well as help coordinate recruiting for the team. Jeff lives in Columbia with his wife Richelle after being recently married.
Tyler SpraulAssistant Coach
Tyler Spraul enters his 4th season on the men’s soccer coaching staff at CIU after joining the program for the inaugural season. Tyler comes to CIU following a stellar playing career at Clearwater Christian College where he played for Coach Whitaker and was inducted into the CCC Hall of Fame as the most decorated soccer player in program history. Tyler served as team captain for the Clearwater men's soccer team as they won the NCCAA D2 National Championship in 2009 and 2010, scoring the game winning goal in sudden death overtime to win the first championship. During his senior season, he was named NCCAA National Player of the Year. He was also named 1st Team All-American in his junior and senior seasons and was a 2nd team All-American as a sophomore. He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the 2010 NCCAA National Tournament, and was a 2-time Scholar Athlete as well.
Tyler is originally from Waupaca, Wisconsin and graduated in 2011 with a pre-med degree. As assistant coach at CIU, Tyler will oversee much of the team's offensive attack and will help to coordinate all set pieces and restarts. Tyler lives in Columbia with his wife Whitney after being recently married.
Jeff MoncktonGoalkeepers Coach
Jeff Monckton is in his first year as goalkeepers coach for the men's and women's programs at CIU.
Monckton began his soccer coaching career at The King’s Academy in Seymour, Tenn. He coached both the boys' and girls' teams for two seasons. He took the TKA boys to regionals, and, on the girls' side, won the first-ever district game and playoff game in school history. While in Tennessee, Monckton served as the volunteer goalkeeping coach for Knoxville United Soccer Association.
Monckton is originally from Stockton, Calif., and graduated from Edison Senior High School in 2006. He played his freshman year at San Joaquin Delta College in 2008, then transferred to Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2009 where he played three more years in goal. During his senior year, he served as a student assistant coach.
Jeff is married to his lovely wife Alyson, whom he met in college. She is a NICU nurse at Palmetto Health Richland. They have been married for two years and have a daughter, Maddie, born in 2014.
Michael ScottStudent Manager
CJ JonesStudent Manager
E-mail: Waycross, Ga.
Office Phone: Youth Ministry
College: Started all 19 matches for CIU in 2013, scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists. Played 2 seasons at South Georgia College where the Tigers were national ranked in the NJCAA.
High School: Played for Ware County High School under Tony Voles
Family: Son of Dorothy Felton and Charles Jones
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."