Our Coaches

Jimmy Maher - Director of Coaching


I certainly consider myself lucky to have played under Maca and Jimmy both at the club level and at the Fayetteville Academy. Maca's youth summer training sparked my interest in soccer when I was ten years old. I was drawn to their willingness to help players improve both on and off the field as well as their ability to relate to players of all ages. I highly doubt I would be playing college soccer now without their guidance and knowledgable coaching over the years.
-Sam Williams UNCW

Jimmy Maher is originally from Dublin, Ireland. He came to the States in 1987 as an exchange student to The Fayetteville Academy. After finishing at The Fayetteville Academy, he then moved on to Methodist University spending 4 years as a player and 3 as an assistant coach during a very successful period in the program’s history.

Jimmy was instrumental in the development of Jordan Soccer complex, one of the top soccer facilities in the State. He has also been involved with Fayetteville Academy’s very successful Soccer program for best part of 20 years.

He works full time for Cape Fear Valley Health System and is very involved in giving back to our community. He is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Operation Engage along with Andrew McCarty and Mike Bordone which mission is to engage and feed the homeless community of Cumberland County. Every week teenagers from several area high schools sacrifice their time to engage the homeless population of Fayetteville. This project not only helps the less fortunate in our community but also leaves a lasting impression on the teens that regularly help out.

Jimmy has had a tremendous influence on the lives of hundreds of kids during his 20 years involved in coaching Soccer.

“I am very excited to be involved in NC Spurs. The response to what Andrew and I, and our staff are doing with our new soccer organization has been truly amazing. Over the years as a player and coach I have won numerous awards and accolades, but these awards have never come close to equaling the joy and satisfaction received from being on the field working with young players and sharing in their success. Here’s to the next 20 years coaching”