Johnson & Wales Univ - Charlotte

JWU Charlotte Athletics
JWU Wildcat Center 235 S Cedar St Ste 145 Charlotte, NC 28202
USCAA North Carolina Southeast
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Phil Kroft

Phil Kroft is the third head coach in Johnson & Wales Charlotte Men's Soccer history. He came to JWU from Davidson College, where he served as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats from 2018 to 2021. He helped the team reach the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in both 2018 and 2019, their first appearances in the event since 2014. Davidson's runner-up finish in the A-10 regular season in 2018 was their best result to date. Kroft coached a future professional player, 2 All-Conference players, and 2 A-10 All-Rookie team performers.

Before his stint at Davidson, Kroft was an assistant coach at NCAA D-III member Catholic University in Washington, DC in 2017-18. The Cardinals finished 7-7-2 under his guidance. He was responsible for recruiting, planning and executing training sessions, game planning and warm-ups, scouting opponents, nutrition education, I.D. clinics, player evaluations, player retention through developing relationships, travel coordination, and inventory management.

Kroft also has extensive club coaching experience in the Charlotte region with both FC Athletico and Charlotte Independence. He also served at the Director of Scouting of youth players for DC United soccer club from 2016-2019. He holds an National A-Senior Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation, and a Level II Certification from the Professional Football Scouts Association.

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Matt Ford

Ford is a native of Wellington, England and joined CSA in 2014. He coached in England with Arenal Soccer Schools, and was a head coach with Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence. He was also heavily involved with the English Football Association, being awarded National Young Coach of the Year. Later, he was selected to join the FA in traveling to Rwanda, with the mission to educate local coaches and make a difference through a shared love for the game.

In 2012, Matt recieved his diploma in Football Coaching from Bridgewater College in the UK. Soonthereafter, he became an assistant coach for their men's team and a lecturer on the same courses he studied, with the desire to instill what he learned into the next generation of coaches. In 2013, Matt, received an opportunity to travel to the U.S. directing soccer camps across the Southeast. Since that point, he permanantly reloacted to Charlotte in 2014.

Matt also currently coaches for Charlotte Soccer Academy as their Youth Academy Boys Director and Director of Performance Analysis in the Boys' DA program. In addition to these duties, he also has roles in the North Carolina Olympic Developement Program.

He currently holds UEFA C and USSF C Licenses.

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