Our Coaches

Tony Ferell - Director of Coaching

Testimonials

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

Tony Ferell, is one of the most respected soccer minds in the region. After a very successful college coaching career in the 1980’s Tony turned his attention to making a living in the medical field. The College's loss was the youth soccer’s gain and Tony went on to coach the 84 Fayetteville Force team to national recognition. Tony started working with many of the kids on the 84 team when they were as young as 6 years old and stayed with them all the way thru U-18. Winning 5 State Cup (top division). Winning 5 State Cups in 8 years is an achievement not many coaches in any youth soccer organization anywhere in America can come close to. In recent years Tony took some time away from coaching to train and participate in Iron Man and Marathons competitions. Tony has been asked many times to get back into coaching; we are delighted he has chosen to come back with NC Spurs.

“I believe in what Jimmy and Maca stand for and we have very similar ideas regarding the development of young players. We had some very successful years working together with the Force teams in the past and I look forward to building on that success in the future” -Tony

1973-1977:
Campbell University Player
Captain in 1976-1977
All District 1976-1997
Glen Brewster Award 77

1978-1980:
Western Harnett High School - Head Soccer Coach

1980-1989:
North Carolina Wesleyan College
Head Soccer Coach
Dixie Conference Coach of the Year 3 times
South Regional Coach of the Year 2 times, USSF B License
Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at NC Wesleyan in 2002

1991-1994:
Fayetteville Roadrunners Soccer Club - Coach of 78 Boys team

1995-2005:
Fayetteville Force Soccer Club
Coach of 84 Boys Team - Won 5 State Cups
Coach of 91 Boys Team - Kepner Cup Champions