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LUKE WINTER

Hometown
Norwich, England
Playing Experience
Schoolhouse FC
Tennessee Wesleyan College (NAIA)
Chattanooga FC (NSPL)
Coaching Experience
Tennessee Wesleyan University 2017-Present
Chattanooga FC Academy
Bryan College 2014-17
Shorter University 2013-14

 

Luke recently has been chosen to carry on the reigns as Head coach at his Alma Mater Tennessee Wesleyan College. Prior to this, Luke was an assistant coach at Shorter University where he was essential in helping the Hawks to a 10-6-2 record in 2013. This winning season led Shorter to 3rd place in GSC and 11th nationally in the NCCAA. Winter has served as the assistant coach for Men's Soccer at Bryan College for the past three seasons with those teams winning the AAC regular season in 2015 and qualifying for the 2016 NAIA National Tournament, posting a 16-3-3 record and a #11 national ranking.

Luke played in college for Tennessee Wesleyan, where he was showered with honors: AAC All-tournament Team, AAC All-conference 1st Team, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, AAC Player of the Week, AAC Championship MVP, NAIA All-East Region1st Team, and TWC 2013 Athletic Director's Award.

Luke Winter began his CFC career in 2011. He is a Chattanooga FC record holder, with 55 career goals for the club. He holds numerous awards and accolades: Chattanooga FC’s all-time leading scorer, a five-time Southeast Conference Champion, three-time South Region Champion, three-time NPSL Finalist, a veteran of five US Open Cups and a US Amateur National Champion.


Some of Luke’s memorable moments: three consecutive NPSL match hat-tricks in 2012; scoring the game-winning goal that ensured Chattanooga FC would be the first ever NPSL team to beat a pro side in the US Open Cup (May 14, 2014); being named player of the second round of the US Open Cup for that goal; in 2014 Luke Winter was named to the All-NPSL team (2014, 2016); scoring the first goal in the 2014 National Championship; NPSL Player of the Week (2016); an assist in the win in the US Amateur National Championship in 2015.


After graduating with a double major in sports management and sports science, Winter attended Shorter University as a graduate assistant for the men's soccer team, where he earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration
 

JOHN CARRIER

Hometown
Norwich, England
Playing Experience
Norwich City Academy
Tennessee Wesleyan College (NAIA)
Bridge FC (Chicago)
Chattanooga FC (NSPL)
Coaching Experience
Bryan College 2017- Present
Chattanooga FC Academy
University of Alabama Huntsville 2014-16
Huntingdon College 2013-14

 

John joined the coaching staff of the  Bryan College Lions in April 2017, Prior to this, John was the assistant Men's soccer coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Carrier helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2015, including a strong 7-1 mark at Charger Park and a second-place finish in the regular season, ending with a 7-2 record in conference play. Under Carrier's mentorship, the team featured three all-region performers and six all GSC selections.  As assistant coach of The University of Alabama, Men's Soccer team, Carrier helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2015, including a strong 7-1 mark at Charger Park and a second-place finish in the regular season with a 7-2 record in conference play. Under Carrier’s mentorship, the team featured three all-region performers and six all-GSC selections.

In Carrier’s first season, the Chargers posted a strong 13-4-2 record – including a perfect 8-0-0 mark at Charger Park – while appearing in the national polls for the first time since the 1997 season after a terrific 7-1 start. Recognition of the team’s strong play, the Chargers featured a conference-best seven all-GSC selections.

John was a four-time all-conference 1st team selection, leading the Bulldogs to a pair of conference championships. John earned TWC Player of the team,  A three-time NAIA All-East Region 1st Team selection, AAC all-tournament Team, AAC Offensive Player of the week,  he led TWC in assists each of his four seasons and ranked in the top five in the country in assists in 2012. John was awarded with TWC Athletic Directors Award in 2012.

In 2013, John first started with NPSL's most decorative side Chattanooga FC, which featured in the National Championship in San Diego. He was also apart of the 2014 team to win NPSL Southeast Conference and Region Championships, and played in the 2015 National Championship against the Red Bull U21 team. After taking 2015 off, John returned in top form to CFC in 2016 to again win conference and region championships


Carrier has been a Southeast Champion, NPSL Finalist, and AAC Champion.
John gained his bachelors in Sports Management from Tennessee Wesleyan and Masters in business Administration at the University of Alabama Huntsville.

 

BILLY SPARKS

Hometown
Leicester, England
Playing Experience
Notts County FC,

Tennessee Wesleyan University (NAIA)
Knoxville Force FC (NPSL)
Coaching Experience
Tennessee Wesleyan University (2018-Present)
William Carey University (2016-2018)
St Andrews University (2013-2015)
 

Billy attended Tennessee Wesleyan University from 2009-2013. He was made team captain in his sophomore year and helped Tennessee Wesleyan to their first Conference title in 10 years. He was also nominated to the All-Conference 1st Team on three separate occasions.  As well as the AAC all-tournament team. Also, for the month of November 2012, he was nominated into the top 10 for best defenders in the nation for the NAIA.
 
During the summer of 2012 and 2013 Billy played for Knoxville Force FC, a Professional Development League team in Tennessee
 
Billy arrived at St Andrews’s University in August 2013 as Assistant Coach whilst studying for his Masters in the MBA programme. A vital member of the coaching set up, Billy contributed significantly to the success of the St. Andrews University men’s soccer team winning both the AAC regular season title and AAC conference tournament title before then reaching the NAIA national tournament Sweet 16.
 
Billy then took up a Graduate Assistant position at William Carey University where he spent two extremely successful years with the Men’s Soccer program. During The 2016 season Billy helped the crusaders finish the season the SSAC regular season champions and SSAC tournament champions while boasting an impressive 16-3-2 record beating the number 1 team in the nation Oklahoma Wesleyan to reach the Elite 8 of the 2016 National Championships in Delray Florida.
 
The following 2017 season with the William Carey Crusaders was as successful as the past if not more so. Billy helped the Crusaders to an 18-2-1 overall record while being the #1 team in the nation for 11 weeks straight, which ultimately helped in clinching successive back to back SSAC titles and again reaching the elite 8 of the NAIA National Championships. Billy then also graduated with his Master’s in Education to add to his MBA.