Former Wilmington Hammerheads FC professional team head coach Carson Porter has been named as the new Executive Director of the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Soccer Club. He will take over the duties of executive director effective immediately.
“I am honored to take on this role,” said Porter, who stepped down as head of the professional team following the conclusion of the Hammerheads’ 2015 season. “My job starts by working with this passionate staff to continue providing a great soccer experience to the children of our community. We want them to chase their dreams, we want them to be competitive, but most importantly we want them to love the game and learn the life lessons that this wonderful sport can teach.”
Porter will oversee the club and report directly to the Board of Directors. After an initial snapshot look at the club and ongoing discussion with board and staff members, fundraising and sponsorship efforts will be an area of focus as well as improving the staff and club culture.
“This club is healthy and strong but just like a soccer player working to improve his/her left foot,” Porter added. “We are an organization that is always looking for ways to improve and get better. I will be reaching out to community and business leaders to strengthen those relationships and the business side of our club and I will be pushing our coaches to continue to provide a great environment for our kids. We play this game and coach this game because we love it and need to always remember that as we work.”
Porter has worked in soccer – and more specifically youth soccer – for more than 15 years and brings with him a wealth of wide-ranging experiences that include winning the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University, representing the United States as a staff coach for the U14, 15 and U18 National Teams, and most recently working as the Wilmington Hammerheads Professional Team Head Coach and Technical Director. He played his college soccer at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he won the 2000 ACC Championship.
“I want to be visible, I want to be out on the fields as much as I can and get feedback from parents, players and coaches whenever I can. There are so many great things about this community and this soccer club and I am very honored and excited to be a part of it.”
The youth program is a partner of the professional organization Wilmington Hammerheads FC, but separately run by a Board of Directors as a member of U.S. Youth Soccer North Carolina / North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and North Carolina Amateur Soccer Association.