Life University

Marietta, GA 30060
Georgia Southeast
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Sam Clark

Sam Clark was named Head Coach of the Life U Women's Soccer team in September 2015 with their first competitive season beginning in the fall of 2016. Building the program from the ground up Clark has seen the improvement in increments.


“To me, it is important to build the culture of the program first, and in the first two years, we feel we have achieved just that. We have identified our core values and our philosophy.”


In 2017, the women’s achieved a university high team GPA of 3.19 and was awarded the NAIA Academic Team Honor as well as the US Soccer Coaches Academic Team Award. The team had two players named to the Mid- South Conference Player of the Week, and scored the record for single game goals scored on Lupo Family Field at six.


Clark looks to improve in the program’s third year. “The level of player we continue to bring in keeps improving. The players who are come here and stay here are committed to the process and love the challenge of pioneering a program.”


After a standout collegiate career at both NAIA and NCAA institutions, Clark became a coach while in graduate school. Since 2006, she has been coaching at various levels, including assistant coach at the collegiate level, Olympic Development Program level, and as an Academy Director at the youth club level. Her credentials include a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National B license, NSCAA National Goalkeeping diploma, and is a NCAA Women's Coaches Academy graduate.


Clark, a goalkeeper, began her collegiate career at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where she was an NAIA All-American honorable mention, All-Region first-team, All-Conference first-team, Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. She also set NAIA records for shutouts and goals-against average. She finished up her playing career at Western Illinois where she set school records for wins, goals-against average, and shutouts. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and was given the Western Illinois Provost Student Athlete Academic Achievement Award and was named Mid-Continent Conference Academic First Team.


She began her coaching career in Illinois in the Olympic Development Program (ODP), then became Assistant Coach at Louisiana Tech while working toward her Master's degree. Along with Assistant Coach, she served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. During her stint as assistant coach at Louisiana Tech she helped turn the program around from 3-16-1 season to a 12-7-2 which was the 16th Most Improved Team in NCAA D1 for 2008. She also coached the goalkeepers to 10 shutouts which was a school record, her goalkeeper was named Conference Player of the Week, posted a school record for goals against average, and most single season shut outs. She graduated with her Master's degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Sport Performance.


After serving three years at Louisiana Tech Clark was named the Assistant Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of North Alabama, where she, once again, helped move a program forward. While at UNA she helped the program enter the first round of the NCAA DII National Tournament, having coached two All-Americans, two All-South Region, (including GK) two All-South Region Second Team, four Gulf South Conference First Team players, two Gulf South Conference Second Team players, four All- GSC Tournament Team players, and two Academic All-Americans. She eventually moved to the Atlanta as the Girls Academy Director for Southern Soccer Academy (SSA), the largest club in the southeast.


Clark and her wife, Liz, live in Acworth, GA with their son, Beckham, and four rescue dogs Emma, Nala, Jake, and Pepsi.

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Alex Pama

Coach Pama learned about winning championships as a product of the famed Dutch soccer (sports) scene.


As SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden’s Chief Executive Officer / General Manager for 5 years, Pama took his lessons learned from the field and applied them administratively at the sports highest level to help spur SC Cambuur’s growth into one of the most respected Dutch professional soccer organizations. Through his tireless efforts, Pama was been responsible for instilling the groundwork for SC Cambuur’s success in his five years at the head and well into the future.


In his five-plus years as the organization’s CEO and GM, Pama overhauled Cambuur’s business framework, leading to, among other things a near promotion in 2009 and 2010 to the Eredivisie, the highest professional league in the Netherlands. He emphasized the development of local talent and as a result, SC Cambuur had the (transfer) rights to some of the most talented young players in Dutch soccer. Several records were broken during his tenure at Cambuur (longest winning streak, highest average attendance, most replica jersey’s sold in single season, highest play off TV ratings etc). Furthermore, the club was recognized by the Dutch government and KNVB as one of the most involved professional sport franchises in the community. In 2011, Pama resigned from SC Cambuur.


During his stay in the Netherlands, Pama served as an Executive Board voting member of the KNVB, the Dutch Soccer Federation. In that role he put his strong (business) background to work in preparing the framework to help the Local Organizing Committee try to bring the 2018 World Cup to the Netherlands. He also served on several other committees at the Dutch Soccer Federation and at the Jupiler League. Some of the committees involved were the sales and marketing committee, the advice committee for the Executive Management of the KNVB, future platform committee and Clubs/Player’s Union negotiating committee.


He also served as an ambassador for the Kika Foundation (Children’s Cancer Foundation) in the Netherlands. He owns Pama Sports, a soccer training and consultancy company in the United States. He served as a volunteer assistant coach for Kennesaw State University Women's Soccer program (NCAA Division I). He has been a member of the boys and girls Region III and IV ODP staff for more than 15 years and is a head coach for Georgia's Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has been an instructor for US Soccer and served for more than 20 years as a director of coaching for various soccer organizations around the States (Idaho, Arkansas, Georgia). He has produced over 300 collegiate players (NCAA/NAIA) in all those years as well as 11 World Cup participants and over 30 professional players. Currently he also serves as a Technical Director for local metro Atlanta soccer program, Impact SC.


Coach Pama holds a KNVB (Dutch Federation) Trainer Coach II and III License (UEFA B and C), a United States Soccer Federation A and B License, an US Soccer National Youth License as well as a KNVB Referee License.


Pama resides in Canton, GA with his wife Karen and their two children AJ and Sydney. In addition to his passion for soccer, he enjoys hiking, cycling, long beach walks and history.

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Matt Burleson

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Robert Roddie

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Robert Roddie learned his passion for soccer at an early age, supporting Glasgow Rangers FC. Roddie moved to Atlanta in 2009 on a soccer scholarship, where he was a four-year starter for Reinhardt University and was part of the first Reinhardt University men's soccer team to be ranked in the Top-25 in the nation. He earned his Masters in Business Administration and is the Assistant Director of Coaching at Cherokee Soccer Association. Additionally, he holds a United States Soccer Federation D and National Youth license as well as a Scottish FA coaching license. Roddie and his wife Lauren reside in Kennesaw, Ga.

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Stephen Paul

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