Emmanuel College (GA)

Franklin Springs, GA 30639
Georgia Southeast
Private Very Small Developing team


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Nathan Harrell

Nathan Harrell was introduced as the head coach of the Emmanuel College women’s soccer team in March of 2016. Harrell came to the Lions from Northview High School and Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association.

In the last two seasons under Harrell, the women’s soccer team gained their first NCCAA South Region Championship, first NCCAA National tournament appearance, and first winning season.

Prior to EC, Harrell spent 6 years in the north Atlanta area, Harrell served as assistant coach at Lambert High School from 2010-13, and the head boys varsity coach at Northview High School from 2013-2016, as well as teaching full time in the social studies department. During this time, he also coached at Concorde Fire Soccer Club and Atlanta Fire United (AFU) as an academy and select lead coach for numerous girls’ teams. At Lambert the boys’ varsity team progress and developed into a state powerhouse and claimed the school’s first state championship in 2012. “Being able to develop as a young coach under Chris Wilson and Scott Luthart was an invaluable experience. It is something that I carry with me still today.”

Using that experience Harrell became the head boys’ varsity head coach at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Ga. During his time at Northview, Harrell lead the boys program to constant improvements and assisted in developing players to play at the next level. The experience of running a program allowed for Harrell to be a strong candidate to take over the EC women’s soccer program.

Harrell played youth soccer in Atlanta for Cobb FC (now SSA) under Steve Gummer and prep soccer at Whitefield Academy under Steve Hellier. After graduating he received a scholarship to play at Covenant College and then at Emmanuel College. He played three years under current men’s soccer coach Scott Borchers. Under the leadership of Coach Borchers, Harrell served as team captain for 2 years, earned Academic All-American honors, and made the Champions of Character team. Harrell graduated from Emmanuel College in 2010 with a degree in Secondary Education and minor in History.

Harrell is assisted by Bess Harrell, an Emmanuel College graduate and former women’s soccer player. As a husband and wife team, they aim to create a family environment full of accountability, positive competition and support. Coach Bess Harrell assist the program by working with Goal Keepers and the defensive back line of the Lions. She also does a tremendous amount of work through mentorship, leading bible studies, and player development.

Coach Nathan and Bess Harrell have 4 small children that are a very involved in the program and love their “soccer girls” on the team.

The Harrell’s also serve as the area directors of Rapids FC, with the goal of promoting the development of soccer and soccer players in the North Georgia area through youth soccer leagues, camps, and clinics. The women’s soccer players are very involved in the community and youth soccer.

“We are excited to be back in the EC community and we hope to make a positive impact in the lives around us, just as we had here as student athletes.”

If you are interested in learning more or joining the women’s soccer program please reach out to the coaches nharrell@ec.edu and bharrell@ec.edu

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Bess Harrell

Coach Bess Harrell is married to the head coach, Nathan Harrell, and they have 4 children together. She played soccer at Emmanuel College and graduated in 2010 with an Early Childhood Degree. For the past four years Coach Bess coached club soccer in Atlanta for Concorde Fire Academy and Atlanta Fire United. She was also the former Director of Metro Kids, a ministry in downtown Atlanta for at-risk children. The Harrell’s are very excited to be coaching together and look forward to a great many great seasons of Lions Soccer!

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Scott Borchers

Coach Borchers was named Head Coach of the Emmanuel College Soccer programs in April 2007. In 2010 he began coaching solely the Men’s Soccer program. Since 2010, the Lions have posted five winning seasons.

In 2011 the Lions earned a NCCAA Region runner-up placing. In 2014 the Lions earned their first trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. In 2015 The Soccer Lions earned their first NCCAA Region Championship and another trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. The Soccer Lions finished as National Runners-Up at the NCCAA National Championships, ending the season ranked #2 Nationally in NCCAA. Coach Borchers was recognized as the 2015 NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year.

Scott comes to EC with an impressive breadth of experience. He played at Piedmont College (1995-1998) as a "Four-year starter and three-year captain". He earned distinction as an All-Conference player (1996-1998), selection to the 1997 NAIA All-South Region Team, and earned All-American Honorable Mention in 1997. Scott also played at the semi-pro level as a member of the "Bluebird Premiere League", New Zealand in 2000.

Coach Borchers' coaching experience is also noteworthy. Scott has coached at the Georgia Futbol Club in Lilburn, GA, and currently at Rapids Futbol Club in Clarkesville, GA. From 2003-2006 he served as the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Soccer at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA. Scott led the 2006 Truett-McConnell Men's team to a 11-4-4 record, their first winning season in 10 years. He was also responsible for a similar result with the Women's program, leading the team from a 1-17 record to a 10-9-2 record and 3rd place in their conference in 2006. These were remarkable reversals of direction in only three full seasons. Scott was recognized by his coaching peers as the 2006 GJCAA Region 17 Coach of the Year.

Coach Borchers states that his three primary passions are: serving God, his family, and soccer. Borchers’ vision for the EC Soccer Program is for the team to “play hard, play soccer, and play together.” Borchers states, “We want to have an amazing chemistry within this program, enjoying our time together, enjoying the game together, and honoring the Lord with our talents.”

Coach Borchers holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Borchers earned his Masters degree in Physical Education with a Coaching Specialization from Ball State University in 2008.

Scott and his wife Audrey, with their sons Cole, Kale and Ian are an integral part of the EC Soccer family.

Coach Borchers 2018-19 Commitment Statement:

"You can count on me to hold myself, the staff, and our team to a high standard, that is prepared and taught with excellence. We will be intentional in exploring new and innovative ideas to challenge ourselves and the players both spiritually and in the game of soccer. My priorities will always be in this order God, family, soccer. I will set an example of a Godly father, husband, and man. I will communicate to challenge and encourage. I will lead us with an unwavering pursuit of teaching servanthood and showing these young men what they are capable of. This team will NOT be about me!!"

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Stephen Lee

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