Andrew "Maca" McCarthy - Director of Coaching
My son, Jalen, has trained with Coach Jimmy for the past two years and the training sessions are always focused on making the player better. Jalen's level of comfort with ball and his ball skills have significantly improved because of Coach Jimmy's training. Coach Jimmy has a way of encouraging kids to reach their maximal potential and the kids really work hard in this positive environment. Soccer is fun with Coach Jimmy and this has a tremendous effect in the development of young soccer players.
-Stuart Squires, M.D.
Andrew "Maca" McCarthy has been involved with soccer from a very early age.
Growing up in England he started playing around the age of 4 and hasn't stopped since.
In England Maca played for various teams at a very high semi-professional level and it was while playing for these teams that he was spotted by US scouts.
In 1994 Maca accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Campbell University. At Campbell, Maca gained academic and athletic conference awards with a program that was regularly ranked in the top ten NCAA South Region.
After 4 successful years, Maca started his coaching career as a Graduate assistant at Campbell. After two years and obtaining his Masters Degree in Education and Exercise science he moved to Fayetteville to be one of the Directors of Coaching for FSA.
While working at FSA he was offered the position of Head Coach at Fayetteville Academy where he is currently still in charge.
In the twelve years he has been coach he has won 16 conference championships and 7 state championships. He has been named conference coach of the year 15 times, regional coach of the year 10 times and State coach of the year 5 times.
He has also had many of his players move onto playing college soccer.
One of Maca's most rewarding accomplishments was the starting of a homeless project 'Operation Engage' that takes high school kids downtown to field the homeless community of Fayetteville. Every Friday his group feeds around 100 people.
As a result of these efforts and achievements Maca was recently included in the Fayetteville Observer 40 under 40
Maca truly loves the game, and is passionate about improving the level of youth soccer in Fayetteville and surrounding areas.
He is married to Kristin and has two children, Kelsey 6 and Hughes 4.