Mark Carr Named Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

July 16, 2003

LOS ANGELES - UCLA head women's soccer coach Jillian Ellis announced the hiring of Mark Carr as assistant coach Wednesday. Carr replaces former assistant Michelle French, who held the position during the 2002 season.

Carr, a native of London, England, comes to UCLA from Northern California, where he held several coaching positions. He served as co-head coach of both the boys and girl's teams at El Grove High School, leading the boy's team to the CIF playoffs in 2002. In addition to his duties at the high school, he also served as the head coach of the U-17 Boy's Olympic Development Program in Northern California and was the technical director for the Elk Grove Competitive Soccer Club. He was also an assistant coach for the Elk Grove Pride of the Women's Professional Soccer League and was the program director for the English Professional Soccer Academy, located in Elk Grove.

Carr graduated in 2001 with an International Marketing-Management degree with French from England's Bournemouth University, where he also played on the soccer team. Prior to college, he was a member of the Charlton Athletic Youth Football Program from ages 15-19. While in England, he also played on several semi-pro teams, including Weymouth, Dorchester Town and Welling. He represented England Schools at the U-18 level and was captain of his state team.

'Because Mark grew up in England, he has had a lot of exposure to the game at a very high level,' said Ellis. 'I've had the opportunity to see him work first hand, and I believe his demeanor, personality and understanding of the game will be a great addition to our coaching staff.'

Carr just completed his USSF 'C' Coaching License and also has his UEFA 'B' License.

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