University of NC - Greensboro

UNCG Athletic Department
PO Box 26168 or 1408 Walker Avenue Greensboro, NC 27412
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
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Chris Rich

UNC Greensboro announced on July 30, 2019, that Chris Rich has been named men’s soccer head coach. Rich has spent the past 12 years as an assistant coach, including his three most recent stops being at Atlantic Coast Conference schools Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.


Success In The ACC


Over the past three seasons, Rich served as assistant men’s coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke, where he helped guide the Blue Devils to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and finishes in the top 15 of the final United Soccer Coaches poll.


During that span, Duke also garnered 12 All-ACC selections including six last season, the most earned by the school in a single season since 2001. Additionally, the Blue Devils had a combined five players selected in the Major League Soccer Draft in 2017 and 2018.


In his role of recruiting coordinator, Rich secured three top-12 Top Drawer Soccer national recruiting classes while the men’s soccer team maintained a 3.3 cumulative team GPA.


During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Rich was an assistant coach for North Carolina’s men’s soccer team, aiding in all aspects of running the program including recruiting, scouting, video analysis, practice and game preparation, and operations. In those two seasons, the Tar Heels won a combined 30 games and advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.


In 2012 and 2013, Rich also served as an assistant coach with Virginia Tech where he oversaw scouting of opponents along with the development of First-Team All-ACC selection Kyle Renfro. Renfro was only the second Hokie to earn First-Team All-ACC honors.


Starting At His Alma Mater Before A Move To Division I


Rich began coaching in the Division I ranks in 2011 as an assistant coach at Florida International after spending four seasons at Barry (2007-10) – his alma mater -- as assistant coach.


While on Barry’s coaching staff, Rich was instrumental in the Bucs making two trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 2010, Barry set a new program-record with four All-American selections.


Rich is also a scout for United States Soccer Federation and has been a national instructor for United Soccer Coaches since 2011. He earned his B.S. in Sport Management from Barry in 2006 and his M.S. in Sport Management from Barry in 2009.

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Scott Wells

UNC Greensboro men’s soccer has announced the addition of Scott Wells as assistant coach. Wells joins UNCG after spending two seasons with the University of Charleston.


"I'm excited to welcome Scott and the Wells family into our UNCG Soccer Family,” said Head Coach EJ O’Keeffe. “He is a talented young coach that will push our student-athletes and program to the next level. His tireless work ethic is evident on the field, in the office and on the recruiting trail. Scott brings an undeniable passion along with a professional demeanor to UNCG. He is a proven winner and I'm elated to have him as a Spartan."


"I want to personally thank Coach O'Keeffe for the faith and trust he has shown in me throughout the interview process,” Wells added. “Much like a student-athlete, it is important as coaches we aim high for our career aspirations and having this opportunity at UNCG is a dream come true for my career. I am looking forward to joining the Spartan Family and positively affecting the institution both on the field and in the Greensboro community.”


Wells spent the past two seasons as the top assistant for the University of Charleston’s men’s soccer team, where he helped guide the Golden Eagles to two Sweet Sixteen appearances and a DII National Championship in 2017.


During his first season with Charleston, the Golden Eagles earned an overall record of 21-1-2 before defeating Lynn University in the National Championship 3-1 on penalty kicks. Last season, Charleston collected a record of 18-1-2, before falling to West Chester 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the Sweet Sixteen defeat, Charleston did not trail the entire season, outscoring opponents 54-3.


Prior to his time at Charleston, Wells spent a year with the Tennessee Soccer Club as the Assistant Director of Coaching and Player Development.


Wells began his duties in the coaching ranks with the University of Rio Grande, starting as a graduate assistant before being promoted to the top assistant coach position. In 2015, Rio Grande earned a national title after being ranked No. 1 the previous season.


In addition to his role as assistant coach for UNCG men’s soccer, Wells is also the Director of Soccer for Camp Winadu.


Wells earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Limestone College before receiving his M.E.D. with a focus on Collegiate Leadership from Rio Grande.

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Jaime Ibarra

Jaime Ibarra joined men's soccer's coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2019 season after spending more than two years with Southern Methodist University’s men’s soccer program. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Ibarra served as a graduate assistant as the Mustangs won back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships.


In 2017, the Mustangs won 17 games – most since the 2006 season – en route to an appearance in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The next season, SMU defeated then-No. 7 UCF in the AAC Championship Game to earn a second-straight trip to postseason play.


Prior to his time at SMU, Ibarra was an assistant coach at Mountain View Community College and worked with the North Texas Olympic Development Program. He earned a B.A. in History and a M.B.E in Bilingual Education from SMU.

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