Executive Director: – Email
Ben Clark founded North Georgia United at the start of 2013. Coach Ben began his soccer career in England where he was a youth soccer player with Chesterfield F.C. He came to America on a soccer scholarship aged 18 and attended Wingate University in NC. An NCAA All American selection at Wingate University, he went on to play professionally in the states with Wilmington Hammerheads, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Western Mass Pioneers & finished his professional career in Europe with Finnish side FC Korsholm. After playing professionally Coach Ben was the assistant coach of his alma mater Wingate University. In 4 seasons Wingate won the SAC conference and made it to the NCAA tournament every season from 2007 – 2011. Clark boasts an impressive playing and coaching career. Having his UEFA ‘B’, U.S soccer ‘E’ & ‘D’ license, and the NSCAA ‘National’ and ‘Advanced’ diploma. While also having a bachelors and masters degree in sports administration. And is a ‘CSCS’ certified strength & conditioning coach.
Fernando De Barros
Girls Director of coaching: – Email
Coach Fernando grew up playing soccer in Venezuela, for Centro Italo Venezolano. He moved to the US to play college soccer after playing Professional Soccer for a year in Venezuela. Fernando played both NCAA DI and DII soccer, before graduating from Shorter University in December 2015. Coach Fernando has been with North Georgia United since 2014. Fernando has spent most of his time working with the girls pre academy and academy sides. In his own words he says ” There is nothing better than teaching kids about the sport I love”
Fun Fact: Fernando was a nationally ranked ice skater in Ecuador, but opted to pursue soccer when he turned 13. He has a pet hamster named Pepper & his favorite soccer player is Coach Imman.
Boys Director of Coaching: – Email
Coach Imman was born in Swindon, England. He moved to America when he earned a soccer scholarship to play for ‘The University of Cumberlands’ in TN. Coach Imman was also a member of the successful PDL outfit, the Knoxville Force for 4 season. Coach Imman has an impressive resume, having coached at successful English academies such as Watford City, Aldershot Town and Swindon Town. Coach Imman has had great success since joining North Georgia United in 2015. He is the head coach of our undefeated (2015) u14 boys travel side. While also coaching and developing our highly talented boys u8 pre academy side. Imman has been instrumental in the growth of our summer camps and curriculum, since becoming the associate director of camps.
Fun Fact: Imman has size 4 feet, he is a platinum member at ‘Sun tan hut’ & his favorite basketball team is the Utah Jazz
Head Coach Select soccer u14 B: Email
Coach Garry a native of Scotland joins the NGU staff this Spring (2017) Coach Garry moved to the states on a soccer scholarship in 2009 and was a student athlete here in Rome, at Shorter University. Garry’s coaching style is very much aimed at development and making personal connections with every player he works with. Coach Garry has coached youth club soccer at the highest level for over 8 years.
Fun Facts: He is a long time Liverpool fan, his favorite player of all time is Ally McCoist & he enjoys playing the bagpipes.
Head Coach Academy soccer u12 B: Email
Coach Mark lives in Rome, GA with his wife, Holly & son, Rowen, who just turned two. He came to America in 2006 to attend Shorter University and play soccer. Originally from Coatbridge, Scotland. Coach Mark was a standout collegiate athlete, who also played in the NPSL with Chattanooga FC. Upon graduating he coached at his alma mater for 2 years, before moving to work with Arsenal YMCA & Central GA soccer. He enjoys teaching others the game he loves, and takes a lot of pride in developing players to their full potential.
Fun Facts: Mark is a long time supporter of Raith Rovers, his favorite soccer player is Colin Hendry & surprisingly Sean Connery is not his favorite Bond.
Head Coach Travel soccer:
Coach Landon was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He recently moved to the Atlanta area for school and soccer. Coach Landon has played soccer all his life and is very excited to be a part of the NGU team. He has experienced playing at the Super-Y level, State Cup, Region Cup and ODP level. Back in Florida he was a youth coach for OCSC, assisting them with their Youth Academy and After School Initiative Programs. As well as coaching with MLS outfit Orlando City within their summer camps and academy sides. He wants to continue helping youth players grow and develop, and is looking forward to a great season!
Fun Fact: Coach Landon has never eaten rice, he supports Coventry City & his favorite vacation spot is Blackpool, England.