Johnson & Wales Univ - Charlotte

JWU Charlotte Athletics
JWU Wildcat Center 235 S Cedar St Ste 145 Charlotte, NC 28202
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Phil Kroft

Phil Kroft is the third head coach in Johnson & Wales Charlotte Men's Soccer history. He came to JWU from Davidson College, where he served as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats from 2018 to 2021. He helped the team reach the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in both 2018 and 2019, their first appearances in the event since 2014. Davidson's runner-up finish in the A-10 regular season in 2018 was their best result to date. Kroft coached a future professional player, 2 All-Conference players, and 2 A-10 All-Rookie team performers.

Before his stint at Davidson, Kroft was an assistant coach at NCAA D-III member Catholic University in Washington, DC in 2017-18. The Cardinals finished 7-7-2 under his guidance. He was responsible for recruiting, planning and executing training sessions, game planning and warm-ups, scouting opponents, nutrition education, I.D. clinics, player evaluations, player retention through developing relationships, travel coordination, and inventory management.

Kroft also has extensive club coaching experience in the Charlotte region with both FC Athletico and Charlotte Independence. He also served at the Director of Scouting of youth players for DC United soccer club from 2016-2019. He holds an National A-Senior Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation, and a Level II Certification from the Professional Football Scouts Association.

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Nick Fusco

Nick Fusco joins the men's soccer coaching staff as Assistant Coach in January 2022, after serving as a Volunteer Assistant Coach during the Fall 2021 season.

Fusco serves as the North Meck Boys Soccer Director for Charlotte Independence, a role he's held since May of 2021. He also helps the Independence manage content for their website.

Prior to moving to Charlotte, Fusco was the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach and Director of Soccer at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Columbus, GA from 2014-2019. He also served as a coach for Columbus Football Club, and was a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia Southwestern University during that time.

He hold USSF B & C coaching licenses, as well as a Premier License from the United Soccer Coaches Association.

He graduated from Point University in 2014, where he was a two year member of the Skyhawks varsity soccer team.

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