Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College Athletics
1000 College Blvd Pensacola, FL 32504
NJCAA Florida Southeast
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Mark Yepishin

Mark Yepishin began his first season as Head Soccer Coach of Pensacola State College after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at University of West Florida women’s soccer program from 2019-2022.

Yepishin helped the UWF Argos to two NCAA National Tournament appearances. From 2013-2023, he served as head coach of the girls soccer program at Pensacola Catholic High School and led the Lady Crusaders to postseason play eight of his 10 years at the helm.

Yepishin started in the Pensacola soccer scene as a varsity soccer player at Booker T. Washington High School. He went on to play varsity soccer at Mississippi College and coached at Jackson Futbol Club until graduating in 2013.

In 2017, Yepishin was one of 32 volunteers chosen from 600,000 applicants to help as a Team Services Volunteer at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. There he spent time working with national teams and aiding as a Russian translator for the players and coaches. He also worked as a Team Liaison Officer for the National Lithuanian team in their friendly match against Iran.

He and his wife, Anastasiia, live in Pensacola with their two boys, Luka and Vinny, and a husky named Mufasa.

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Valentina Duque

Valentina is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She first started playing soccer when she was 13 and fell in love with the sport. Her journey with soccer took her to the Bogota state team and later to the U20 Colombian National team, where she competed in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Brazil, helping to bring Colombia to a 3rd place finish in South America. This opportunity led to her being offered a soccer scholarship at Mississippi State University.

After a torn ACL she transferred to Illinois State University where she was then called back home to play on the Colombian National Team for a second time. This time in the World Cup qualifiers in Ecuador, winning a 3rd place finish. Once she had finished playing with the National Team, she returned to the States, only this time under an academic scholarship to the University of West Florida, where she graduated Fall 2021 with a degree in Biochemistry.

Now Valentina works full-time in the R&D department of a biotechnology company and lives with her husband, Michael, in Downtown Pensacola.

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