Andrew "Maca" McCarthy - Director of Coaching
I played for Jimmy and Maca for two years at the Fayetteville Academy, coming in at the age of 17 from England. I have been playing soccer all my life and under countless coaches, yet Jimmy and Maca will always be remembered as a special pair.
Even after 17 years of soccer, Jimmy and Maca still managed to teach me things about the game I didn’t know. When it came to playing they create an environment that as a player you have no fear to make mistakes, allowing players to demand the ball and play with freedom. This certainly developed me as a player in my years at the Academy.
I have learned many things from Jimmy and Maca, however not just on the field. They are two of the most selfless people I have met, always willing to help others, whether it be through soccer or feeding the homeless in their Operation Engage program. This is something I try to take with me today.
I am preparing to go into my Junior year at Eckerd College, preparing for another preseason with the men’s soccer team, none of which would have been possible without Jimmy and Maca.
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.