Joey Worthen was named Florida Atlantic University's head men's soccer coach in February of 2017. Worthen assumed the helm of one of FAU's oldest programs and is just the third head coach in the program's 36 seasons.
The Owls continued to make strides in 2018 under Worthen. Starting goalkeeper Hagay Jalon put together a strong season, leading C-USA with 76 saves on the season and a 5.07 saves per game average. He and the FAU defense held two teams scoreless.
Freshman Alonso Coello Camarero also put together a strong season, leading the team with four assists. His impressive debut earned him C-USA All-Conference Third Team and All-Freshmen honors.
In hist first season, Worthen coached Ferdinand Solberg to a C-USA All-Freshmen Team nod and Christian Williams was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. The Owls ended the 2017 season in an exciting fashion with a 2-1 overtime win against Marshall.
Worthen came to FAU from the University of South Carolina where he was a part of the Gamecock staff since 2012. Over his five seasons on USC's staff, the Gamecocks posted a 39-33-6 record. His USC tenure was highlighted by a trip to the Conference USA Championship final in 2014. The team also hosted back-to-back NCAA Tournament first round games, and made an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2015 and 2016.
In his time at USC, Worthen recruited and coached 22 Conference USA All-Conference honorees, one Freshman All-American, and nine players who went on to earn pro contracts. Classroom excellence was also a primary focus, as the squad earned a 3.0 or above G.P.A each of the five seasons he was at USC including the nation's highest G.P.A. in 2012-13. The work was not left to the classroom and the field. As a team, USC men's soccer dedicated 500 hours of community service in 2016.
Prior to his fulltime position as an assistant coach at South Carolina, Worthen served one season as a student assistant at USC (2011-12). Before his return to USC, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Huston-Tillotson University, a NAIA institution in Austin, Texas, while playing his final professional soccer season in 2010-11. While playing professionally, Worthen used his offseason to give back to the community and to begin his coaching résumé, serving as an assistant coach at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, a role he undertook each year from 2002-10. Worthen has held a United States Soccer Federation National B license since 2011.
Worthen played professional soccer for nine seasons. He began his career playing two seasons for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2002-03), and was named the 2002 Rookie of the Year after leading the team in starts, minutes played, and assists. He played two seasons as well for the Richmond Kickers (2004-05), including advancing to the 2005 USL Championship Game. He moved to Real Salt Lake of the MLS for the 2006 season, and went on to play for the NASL Carolina Railhawks expansion team in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He then returned to the Kickers, where he helped the squad capture the 2009 USL Championship title, and finished out his career with the Austin Aztex in 2010.
Prior to turning pro, Worthen was a letterwinner and starter for the Gamecocks from 1998-2001 and served as team captain during his senior season. He was named the Independent Rookie of the Year in 1998, while he helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1998, 2000 and 2001. In his career, South Carolina posted 50 victories, while individually, Worthen scored 25 goals and collected 15 assists for 65 points. He scored 12 game-winners for Carolina. In 1999, Worthen represented the United States in international play on the U-20 team.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Worthen obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 with a concentration in retail/small business management from the University of South Carolina. He is on track to complete his Master of Science degree from USC in sports management (May of 2017). He and his wife Natalie have four children: Slade, Naomi, Simonne and Mila.