Head Coach John Carrier
"John Carrier is a fantastic up-and-coming coach and we are very excited to have him back in Huntsville," said Brophy. "His soccer knowledge, work ethic, and affinity with UAH and our student-athletes will be invaluable as we continue to strive for excellence in the ever-challenging Gulf South Conference."
Carrier is returning to Huntsville where he was an assistant for three seasons from 2014-16 before spending last season as the top assistant at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.
"Being introduced as a first-time head coach is a big deal in itself, but it's even better at my alma mater," said Carrier who earned his MBA at UAH. "I previously spent three seasons here at UAH and am thrilled to be at the helm. I want to thank Dr. Brophy and his staff for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. I am beyond ready and excited to bring success to the men's soccer program."
While at Bryan in 2017, Carrier aided the Lions in posting a 14-6 record en route to an appearance in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, and the squad featured an All-American in addition to the AAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and six all-AAC first team selections.
During his three seasons in Huntsville, the Chargers reached the Gulf South Conference tournament each year and enjoyed particularly strong success in 2014 and 2015.
In Carrier's first season, the Chargers posted a strong 13-4-2 record – including a perfect 8-0-0 mark at Charger Park – while appearing in the national polls for the first time since the 1997 season after a terrific 7-1 start. In recognition of the team's strong play, the Chargers featured a conference-best seven all-GSC selections.
Carrier helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2015, including a strong 7-1 mark in the Rocket City and a second-place finish in the regular season with a 7-2 record in conference play. Under Carrier's mentorship, the team featured three all-region performers and six all-GSCselections.
In 2016 the Chargers placed three on the all-GSC teams while also featuring a pair of all-region choices.
In his playing days, Carrier starred at Tennessee Wesleyan, helping turn a program around as the team reached the national tournament for the first time in more than 10 years. Carrier was a four-time all-conference selection, leading the Bulldogs to a pair of conference championships. A three-time NAIA All-East Region selection, he led TWC in assists each of his four seasons and ranked in the top five in the country in assists in 2012.
Carrier also played for Bridges FC in Chicago his freshman year and also played five seasons with Chattanooga FC of the NPSL. A fan favorite, Carrier helped the team to four conference championships, three region championships, and two appearances in the national finals.