Sully “Passadie” Hamid was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He started his soccer career at the age of 10 when he started playing academy soccer. In the 1980s, Sully started playing for Queens Park Rangers F.C. in London. After starting his coaching journey in 1987, he worked with Olympic Development Program, US Soccer, Annandale (as technical director), and ultimately started Premier AC in 2000. Since then he has coached multiple players that have gone on to play professionally such as Joseph Gyau, Conor Shanosky, and Antonio Bustmante. Both his children, Jasmine Hamid and Bill Hamid, have also gone on to play at a higher level (Bill is the goalkeeper for DC United and Jasmine plays for GMU).
His initial goal when opening PAC was to turn every player into a student of the game. Ultimately, he wants his players to master the game and one day be able to coach the next generation. “Soccer is a life skill. Being able to deal with hard situations at a young age will prepare you for the outside world. It helps you build a community, solve issues, and helps players understand that you can achieve something greater.”
Sully holds a USSF 'A' License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, UEFA ’B’ License, USSF 'B' License, and the English Preliminary Badge.