Young Harris College

Young Harris College Athletics
1 College Street • P.O. Box 37 Young Harris, GA 30582
Division 2 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Rob King

Rob King begins his second season as the head coach for the Young Harris College women's soccer program.

King led the Mountain Lions to a tie for sixth place in the Peach Belt Conference in 2019. Young Harris advanced to the semifinals of the PBC Tournament for the first time in program history. King had one player named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team and to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region third team.

King comes to the Enchanted Valley after spending 14 seasons (2001-15) on the sidelines as the women's soccer coach at NCAA Division I Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

King compiled a 168-80-21 (.663) record as the KSU mentor, won an NCAA Division II national championship (2003) in the program's second year and made two NCAA Division I appearances. The Owls also finished first or second in the Atlantic Sun Conference five times, advancing to the conference tournament finals three times and winning outright or sharing three league titles (2006, 2007, 2009). The 2003 national championship remains the only NCAA soccer title won by a team from the state of Georgia. King, who started the women's soccer program at Kennesaw State, led the Owls to two Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles as the KSU went through PBC undefeated in league play. King was named the NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) Division II Women's National Coach of the Year in 2003.

Kennesaw State posted nine winning seasons under King's leadership and the program produced one NCAA Division II All-American, an NCAA Division I Independent Player of the Year, 11 all-region players, one A-Sun Conference Player of the Year, four conference defensive players of the year, an A-Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three conference all-academic selections. Kennesaw State earned three Team Academic Awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

King began his American soccer career as a three-year letterwinner for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. After receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from UAH, he joined their staff as an assistant coach, a capacity in which he served from 1990-92.

In May of 1992, Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, offered King his first head coaching job. His inaugural men's team went 14-2-1 and won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII championship. The following year, King's team went 17-1-0 and won the National Small College Athletic Association (now USCAA) title.

In 1995, he took over the men's and women's soccer programs at the University of Montevallo. In the six seasons at the helm of the women's team, King led the Falcons to postseason play during four of those seasons and finished with a conference winning percentage of .500 or better during all five seasons in the Gulf South Conference. In 1998, he was named the GSC Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 10-5-2 record and an appearance in the GSC championship match. His stint as the men's coach included a co-Coach of the Year honor and a GSC Tournament title in 1999.

During King's final season at Montevallo, in 2000, he led the Falcons to the best season in school history. He set the record for wins in a season (12) and made the GSC Tournament for the third consecutive year, a school first. King amassed a 29-17-4 record in his last three seasons with Montevallo.

King is married to Dr. Valerie E. King and they have two children - Chloe (23) and Rory (17).

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Erica Mason

Erica Mason begins her second year as an assistant coach for the Young Harris College women's soccer program,

Mason played soccer for two seasons at Lees-McRae College as a defender and outside midfielder. The Bobcats won 25 matches during those two years and advanced to semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament both seasons.

Mason earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from East Tennessee State University in 2013 and her master's degree in exercise science from Appalachian State University in 2015.

Prior to Young Harris, Mason spent two seasons coaching with the Navarre United Futbol Club working with the U15 Boys and U12 Girls teams. The teams finished in multiple tournament finals over the two years.

Mason, who also was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Mountain Lions for two seasons, has also has coached multiple summer camps over the past 10 years and did private lessons for soccer and speed and agility for four years.

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Nick Jaramillo

Nick Jaramillo is beginning his second stint with the Young Harris College men's and women's soccer program.

Jaramillo returns to the Enchanted Valley after spending the 2018 season as an assistant women's soccer coach at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. The Buccaneers went 16-1-1 and won the Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles. Barry earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.

Prior to Barry, Jaramillo spent two seasons at Young Harris where he worked with both the men's and women's soccer teams.

He served two seasons as assistant coach and keeper coach with the men's team at YHC, leading them to a 25-10-3 mark. They were the Peach Belt Conference Tournament champions in 2016 and the NCAA Division II Southeast Region champions in 2017.

He also served as the interim head coach for the women's team in 2017, leading the Mountain Lions to a 9-6-3 mark, 6-3-1 in the PBC. Keeper Nicole Medeiros was fourth in the PBC with a 1.20 goals-against average and third with seven shutouts. Forward Lucero Robayo and defender Sanja Ratkovic were named to the All-PBC second team.

Prior to joining the Mountain Lions in 2016, Jaramillo served as the goalkeeper coach at Palm Belt Atlantic University in 2015. The Sailfish finished the season ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II as they went 17-2-1, won the South Region title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. PBA's goalkeeper was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America second team in 2015.

Jaramillo holds an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA and in the process of obtaining his National "C" License from the USSF. He has also served as a state ODP coach for the Florida Soccer Association and served as a head coach for the Boynton Knights FC club program.

Jaramillo earned his associate's degree in general education from Palm Beach State College in 2014. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at Young Harris in 2018.

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