Georgia Soccer Association
Camp 2005 Coaching Staff
Wright Camp Director & CGSA Director
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Georgia Soccer Association
Director Of Coaching
started his soccer career at a very early age, and like all English
boys, dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. His dream
was realized when he was fortunate enough to be offered a contract
at age 16 with the English professional club Torquay United, under
the then coach and former Scottish World Cup captain Bruce Rioch.
a successful playing career with Torquay Utd and Yeovil Town, Gary
turned to coaching and took his first coaching steps by obtaining
the English Football Association Preliminary badge. In 1995/96 Gary
was offered the youth coach's job with Premier Swedish club Vastra
Frolunda. After a very successful spell at Vastra Frolunda, which
included winning the Gothia Cup (World Youth Cup), Gary was offered
the Head Coaches job at Swedish Division 1 club Skovde A.I.K. He
guided Skovde A.I.K to second in the division and the 4 th round
of the Swedish National Cup.
After numerous offers to keep him in European soccer, Gary decided
to lend his soccer knowledge to the youth of the United States and
has been in Savannah now for 6 years. In that time Gary has guided
club teams to State Finals, Division Championships, numerous tournament
wins and even an appearance in a National Championship (Nike Cup).
He has also worked as a coach to some of Savannah's high school
teams and was instrumental in laying down the foundation for the
success of the girls program at Savannah Country Day School where
they reached the State Division AA/A final four. Gary also helped
St. Andrew's to the final four in their State Championship and assisted
at Windsor Forest High School when they made it to the final eight.
Gary is currently the Director of Coaching for Coastal Georgia Soccer
Association, on the ODP Staff for the State of Georgia and holds
the USSF 'A' licensed coaching qualification.
Darren was born February
10th, 1967 and after a successful youth soccer career signed as
a young professional for English professional team Peterborough
Utd. After enjoying his time at Peterborough, Darren moved on and
had a spell playing for Kui Tan in Hong Kong before returning to
England and playing for Kettering Town and King's Lynn. After finishing
playing Darren took up the role of coaching and has been working
for Premier English Club Norwich City at their development center,
Cambridge United U-16, the Adidas Coaching Centers and recently
was the first team manager at Kings Lynn. Darren holds the prestigious
UEFA 'A' license and also works for the English Football Association
as one of their instructors for the F.A Level 1, Level 2 and child
protection courses. He currently is employed full time at the College
of West Anglia, Kings Lynn, England where he lectures in Practical
Sport and Soccer. Because of his extensive soccer background and
knowledge Darren has recently joined the English Premiership scouting
system. His role there is to look for new young talent that he feels
would possibly be of interest to clubs for the future.
Darren is married to wife Claire and has two children, Isaac 8 and
John Rootes begins his first season as the head men's soccer coach
at the Savannah College of Art and Design. John spent the past six
seasons as the men's head coach at Clayton College & State University,
where he led the Lakers to a 69-38-9 (.634) record and two NCAA
Division II Tournament appearances.
Rootes, who is ranked No. 3 on the NCAA Division II all-time winningest
coaches by percentage list with a 238-68-20 (.761) record, led the
Lakers to an 11-6-1 record in 2003.
Rootes led the 2000 squad to an 18-3-1 record, its first NCAA championship
berth and its first Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship.
His 2000 Lakers finished ranked 14th in the country, and the team
produced its first All-American.
In 2001, the program continued its winning ways, capturing the school's
first-ever Peach Belt Conference regular-season soccer title. The
squad finished the season undefeated in PBC play, advanced to its
second straight NCAA tournament and was ranked 13th in the final
Division II poll.
Clayton State opened the 2002 season with a 7-0 record, ranked fourth
in the country and appeared poised to gun for the school's first
national championship before devastating injuries to the team's
two leading scorers and arguably the two best scorers in school
history took their toll.
Prior to coaching at Clayton State, Rootes spent 10 seasons as the
head men's coach at New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire
During his tenure at NHC, Rootes compiled a 169-30-11 (.831) record
and elevated the program to national prominence.
In 10 seasons, his teams were consistently ranked in the ISAA National
Top 10 and earned three 20-win seasons, six NCAA Division II Tournament
bids, four appearances in the Elite Eight and an NCAA National Championship
Nine of his players were named NSCAA All-Americans and 15 have gone
on to professional soccer careers.
Prior to his years in New Hampshire, Rootes worked as the senior
assistant coach under I.M. Ibrahim at NCAA Division I powerhouse
While with the Tigers, he helped the school to the 1987 National
Championship and the 1988 World Collegiate Championship.
As a player, Rootes was a four-year starter for legendary coach
Barry Barto at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences (now
Philadephia University) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Rootes led Textile to an undefeated season and a No. 1 ranking in
the final coaches' poll in 1980 and guided UNLV to its first NCAA
Tournament bid in 1983.
Rootes was twice honored as an NSCAA All-West striker, and was a
member of the 1984 United States Amateur team. He also played two
years of professional soccer for the Boston Storm in 1994 and 1995.
Rootes holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” license, an
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a master's degree in sport science.
Rootes and his wife, Alicia, have two children, Savannah (5) and
ROOTES' COACHING RECORD
Year Institution Record Honors
2003 Clayton College & State University 11-6-1
2002 Clayton College & State University 12-4-2
2001 Clayton College & State University 11-4-5 NCAA Division
2000 Clayton College & State University 18-3-1 NCAA Division
1999 Clayton College & State University 10-9-0
1998 Clayton College & State University 7-12-0
1997 New Hampshire College 17-2-2 NCAA Division II Regional
1996 New Hampshire College 13-2-2
1995 New Hampshire College 16-4-0 NCAA Division II Regional
1994 New Hampshire College 14-2-2
1993 New Hampshire College 15-2-2
1992 New Hampshire College 20-3-1 NCAA Division II Regional
1991 New Hampshire College 15-5-0
1990 New Hampshire College 15-7-0 NCAA Division II Regional
1989 New Hampshire College 22-1-2 NCAA Division II National Champion
1988 New Hampshire College 22-2-0 NCAA Division II Regional, Ranked
No. 1 in Final National Poll
Overall Record (16 years) 238-68-20 (.761)
Rob Weisel begins his first season as an assistant coach for the
men's soccer program at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Weisel comes to SCAD after playing soccer for the past four seasons
at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. He was named team's Most Valuable
Player and a first-team NCCAA Division I All-American in 2003. He
was selected to the All-Great South Conference team three times
(2001-03) as well as being named Piedmont's team captain twice.
Last spring, he played soccer for the Melchester Silverbacks which
finished in third place in the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League.
He also developed, promoted and instructed weekly youth goalkeeper
clinics for the Lanier Soccer Association.
Weisel graduated cum laude from Piedmont in 2004 with a bachelor's
degree in business administration.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Weisel attended Piedmont
College in Demorest, Georgia
Four-year starter (2000-03)
GSAC Tournament MVP (2000)
Three-time All-Great South Athletic Conference Selection (2001-03)
Team Captain (2002-03)
NCCAA All-South Region Selection (2001-03)
NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention Selection (2001-02)
NCCAA All-American First Team Selection (2003)
Piedmont ranked #16 in Final NCAA DIII poll (2003)
Worked with Lanier Soccer Association in Gainesville, GA
Goalkeeper trainer for 2004 spring season
Conducted weekly recreational and select goalkeeper training for
Currently the Assistant Coach at Savannah College of Art & Design
Holds USSF “D” License
Born 22-04-84 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
School- Knox Grammar .
Played youth football from u9s-u14â€™s at Manly Waringah Soccer
Club , Sydney NSW.
Represented my state New South Wales U14/15/16
Played for the U17 national Australian team in 2001 fifa world cup
in Trinidad and Tobago. (12 caps)
Awarded a scholarship for soccer at the Australian Institue of Sport,
Canberra Australia. 2001
2002 Played for Chievo Verona A.C (Italian Serie A) reserve grade.
2002-2003 3 caps for U20 Australian National Team.
2003-beginning of 2004. Played for Dundee FC (Scotland premier
league) reserve grade.
2003. -2 caps for Australian U23 team
2004- SCAD soccer Co-Captain. All-confrence (florida sun) 1st XI,
All regional (region XIV) 1st XI. Top goal scorer. SCAD record holder
for most goals in a game 4, most points in a game 9.
2 yrs coaching U13 boys . Knox Grammar School (2003and 2004)
1yr coaching Wahronga tigers Mens 1st grade semi professional. Divion
Hold USSF 'D' License
Jeremy holds a USSF A License and is NSCAA National Advanced Soccer Coach.
He also holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Diploma.
He is presently the Director of Coaching for Mount Pleasant Soccer Club in Summerville, South Carolina. And is the Assitant Coach for the men's College of Charleston Soccer Team.
He has held the positions of:
Assistant men's soccer coach at Georgia Southern University
Head Coach for Brewton Parker College Women's Soccer Team
Assistant men's and Women's Coach Buena Vista University
South Carolina Olympic Development Program State Coach
Georgia Olympic Developement Program District Coach
Jeremy also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science.
Andy Williamson coached his fourth season as the head women's soccer
coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Williamson helped guide the Bees to their fifth postseason berth
in the past six seasons as they advanced to the NAIA Region XIV
Tournament in 2004 and finished 7-7-4. The other four times, the
Bees qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs and the NAIA Region
Williamson came to SCAD from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville,
Ark., where he served a year as head women's soccer coach and facilities
director. Prior to coaching at Ozarks, he served as the assistant
men's and women's soccer coach at Trinity University in San Antonio,
Texas. During his stay, Trinity won Southern Collegiate Athletic
Conference titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA
Division III Tournament twice.
Williamson also served as the head coach at San Antonio Academy
and St. Paul's Episcopal Day School from 1995-97.
Eric Faulconer was named in January 2005 as the first head women's
soccer coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah,
Georgia. He will lead the Pirates in their first season of play this
Faulconer came to AASU from
Thomas University, where he compiled a career record in six seasons
of 68-44-6. Faulconer left Thomas 16th all time in the history of
the NAIA in winning percentage. He was the ninth winningest women's
soccer coach in wins and eight in winning percentage among active
NAIA coaches. In 2004, the Lady Night Hawks finished 10th in the
country and No. 1 in Region 13, both the highest in the program's
history. In 2003, he led Thomas to the NAIA Region 13 title and
received an automatic bid to the NAIA
National Tournament in Santa Barbara, CA. He was named the 2003 NAIA
Region 13 Coach of the Year, as well as the 2003 NSCAA/adidas South
Region Coach of the Year. He was a finalist for the National Coach
of the Year with both organizations. He also led Thomas to three
straight national rankings.
He has been involved in the
sport of soccer at the professional, collegiate and youth levels.
Faulconer was an assistant coach with the Thomas University men's
soccer program during the 1998-99 season. He also served as Deputy
Commissioner of the professional Eastern Indoor Soccer League from
1996-98. He was quite active at the high school and youth levels
in Tallahassee, Florida since 1990. Faulconer was the Director
of Girls Player Development for the Tallahassee United Futbol Club
and is currently a staff coach with Tallahassee-based Warner Soccer.
Faulconer holds a USSF National B License and is a member of the
Florida Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development coaching staff.
Born in New Jersey, Faulconer's
family moved to Naples, Florida in 1979. He graduated from the
Florida State University with a bachelors in political science
and a masters in public administration, with additional graduate
course work in sport administration.