Greensboro College

Greensboro College Athletics
815 W. Market Street Greensboro, NC 27401
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Mike Johnston

Greensboro College is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Johnston as Head Women's Soccer Coach after serving as an assistant for The Pride over the past 3 seasons. During his tenure with The Pride, Johnston has focused on leadership and culture training within the team. Johnston helped lead the Pride to a USA South East division championship in the Spring of 2021.

Johnston brings extensive experience to his new position, and has coached at the collegiate, high school, club, and Olympic development levels throughout his illustrious coaching career. Prior to joining the Pride staff, Johnston spent 14 years at the American Hebrew Academy (AHA), a private preparatory boarding school where he chaired the school's Wellness Department, served as associate athletics director, and coached the boys' and girls' soccer teams in addition to the boys' basketball team.

In both 2017 and 2018, he was named the 1A private school state coach of the year for girls' soccer by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. In addition, he was named 1A private regional coach of the year by the NCSCA for girls' soccer in successive years from 2017-2019, and was named boys regional coach of the year in 2017. Under Johnston's guidance numerous athletes earned all-state, all-region, all-conference, and all-area distinction, and several of his athletes have gone on to excel in the collegiate and professional ranks. Johnston has also enjoyed successful coaching stints at Caldwell Academy, Greensboro Day School, Guilford College and with the Greensboro Youth Soccer Association.

"Mike has been a genuine difference maker as a coach and mentor everywhere he has been. His multiple talents and experiences give him tremendous credibility with his peers and student-athletes and we are confident that our women's soccer program will flourish under his leadership," said Director of Athletics Kim Strable.

Also an experienced educator, Johnston served as department chair of Sports Medicine and Wellness at the Middle College at UNC-Greensboro from 2019-2022, and also served as chair of the institution's leadership team. Johnston worked previously as an instructor both at the American Hebrew Academy and UNC-Greensboro, teaching classes in the realm of Sports Medicine, Exercise Science, and Kinesiology.

Johnston holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned both his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science and Minor in Sport Coaching from UNCG as well.

Johnston also holds both National and Advanced National coaching diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is a certified personal trainer, and is a sports performance specialist. In addition to his coaching roles, Johnston trains elite athletes throughout the year and has a vested interest in sport performance and development of athletes.

"It is indeed a privilege to be selected as the next head coach of the Greensboro College Pride and I am grateful to Coach Strable and President Czarda for the opportunity," said Johnston. "I'm excited to continue the culture that has been instilled in this program and I believe this team has tremendous potential. Greensboro College is an outstanding institution and we, as a program, want to be the standard of excellence both on and off the field going forward"

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Madi Karch

Madi Karch returned to the Pride in the Fall of 2021 as assistant coach after graduating in May 2020. “To have an impactful leader, former player, and top-notch coach that loves Greensboro College is absolutely invaluable”, stated head coach Mike Johnston. “Madi was one of the best players to ever play here and her ability to relate to our players is fantastic. We are very fortunate to have her as a part of our staff”.

Karch was a star midfielder for the Pride, served as a team captain, and received All-Conference Athletic and Academic honors during her stellar 4-year career. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science and has her M.S. in Human Performance from Liberty University. A Frederick, MD native, Karch was a 4-year starter for her high school program and played on the top-ranked club team in Maryland throughout her illustrious club soccer career.

Karch is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist and works in the Wake Forest Baptist Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. Karch has been active in the Greensboro community both as a youth soccer coach with Soccer Shots and as a personal trainer. Karch enjoys fitness activities in her free time and has a passion for helping others, both on and off the field.

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Jake Papier

Jake Papier joins the Pride as a volunteer assistant coach for the Fall of 2022, and will help the team not only in training, but in analytics as well as recovery and regeneration. “I’m excited to have Jake involved with our group. He brings a multifaceted skillset that will help our group on a daily basis”, stated head Coach Mike Johnston. “Jake is a proven leader, coach, as well as educator and I am excited to see the positive impact he can have on our group”.

Papier currently works as a stretch practioner at Stretch Zone in Greensboro, and is well-versed in specific stretching programs and muscular imbalance correction techniques. Papier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Papier has an extensive coaching resume and has enjoyed successful soccer coaching stints at the American Hebrew Academy, Piedmont Classical High School, as well as Caldwell Academy. In addition, Papier serves as a varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach at Caldwell Academy.

Athletically, Papier starred locally at the American Hebrew Academy where he was a 3-sport all-conference athlete in soccer, basketball and track and field in addition to serving as team captain in all 3 sports.

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