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Sam Jarden

Sam Jarden is a student at the University of North Carolina, and plans on majoring in Journalism and Communications. Originally from New York, he moved to Wilmington as a kid and graduated from Hoggard High School. He developed a love for soccer playing in leagues in and around the Cape Fear area. A devoted fan of the English Premier League, and long-suffering supporter of Newcastle United, he is excited about helping cover a team a little closer to home.

Courtney Arnold

Courtney Arnold is a 20 something resident of Tampa, Florida working in advertising. She graduated from Loyola University in 2008 where she played division one lacrosse and studied Journalism. After graduating, her passion for travel and culture took her all over South East Asia and Europe where she spent time teaching English, writing, and working on her photography. Her other interests include “workaholics”, theme parties, her cat, Cowabunga, the beach and of course, sports. Her love for the Hammerheads and Wilmington came on strong and fast when her brother, Jason, accepted the position as the teams General Manager. She’s looking forward to the season and watching the team evolve and grow!
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Nolan Hardy

Nolan is a student at UNCW majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism.  He finds joy in seeing the good in everyone and he looks to leave people better than the way he found them.  Nolan is the president of Communication Studies Society and a member of the student run television station TealTV. He is a lover of all things America and soccer.  He is an aspiring Sports Journalist and hopes to one day cover the Olympics.  You will most likely find him beating his friends in FIFA and watching any soccer match he can find.  His ultimate life goal is to contribute to the efforts of ending world hunger and human trafficking. "Negativity gets everyone nowhere, positivity gets anyone anywhere."

Julien Llerena

Julien Llerena is a 26 year old writer living in Tampa, FL. He graduated from University of South Florida with a degree in English. Most of his time is spent reading or worrying about Arsenal. To find peace with his worrying, he watches old clips of Thierry Henry on YouTube. This occurs three for four times a week. He's excited to delve into the Wilmington Hammerheads and support them with too much enthusiasm.

Marissa Blackman

Marissa Blackman is a student at Cape Fear Community College. Although she majors in business and works in real estate, soccer is her passion. As a lifelong Wilmingtonian, Hammerheads games have always been a favorite family pastime. Marissa spends her free time blogging about the Hammerheads.

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