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WPSL SSA King's Coaching Staff Announced

Jack Coulton - WPSL Head Coach

Jack Coulton - [email protected] - 770 548 5862

Jack Coulton begins his first season as Head Coach of the Southern Soccer Academy Kings WPSL side. He is currently a full-time Director at Southern Soccer Academy as the Boy's Academy Director and Director of Sporting Administration. The Coventry, England native graduated in 2013 after a successful collegiate soccer career at Reinhardt University, with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management.

During his time as a player, Coulton was team captain for three years, selected All-Conference on two occasions and was considered one of the top 10 NAIA defenders in 2012. Coulton helped the Eagles reach the ACC tournament championship. After graduation, Coulton attended Georgia State University where he was a Graduate Assistant completing a Master of Science Degree in Sports & Business Administration.

Coulton currently holds his USSF National C License, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and Coerver Diploma. Coulton has worked and played at various youth academies including the USA, England and New Zealand. 

His playing experience includes time as a soccer scholar at Coventry City Schools in England. Coulton also played in the National Premier Soccer League for Knoxville Force FC & USL2 for Peachtree City Moba.


Clayton Schmitt - Head of Player Recruitment

Clayton Schmitt - [email protected] - 404 791 8323

Clayton is currently the Men's Assistant Coach at Emory University, and is in his 9th season overall coaching at the collegiate level. He started his career at Emory in 2011 and was there through 2014. During that time, the Eagles went 31-20-4 and made the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In 2014, he left for Oglethorpe University. In three seasons at Oglethorpe, the Stormy Petrels won two Southern Athletic Association championships (2015 and 2016). 
Clayton returned to Emory University for the 2017 season, where the Eagles went 15-5-2 and made the NCAA Elite Eight. In the 2018 season, the team was ranked in the top 5 nationally before finishing up the season at 9-7-2. 

In addition to coaching at the college level, Clayton has overseen the Northside branch of Southern Soccer Academy for the past 7 years, as it has grown from 3 competitive teams to nearly 40 in that time. He currently coaches U19 Girls teams at the ECNL and NPL leagues. 

Clayton has also coached at the high school level with four different schools, including currently coaching at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, where the Varsity Girls team has made 3 of the past 5 GHSA Final Fours. Currently three of his former players are playing at the college level, at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and the University of the South (Suwanee). 

Clayton was a former goalkeeper at Mercer University, where he earned a BBA in Sports Management, and then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Sports Administration at Georgia State University. He holds the United Soccer Coaches Premier Advanced National Goalkeeping, High School Coaching, and Director of Coaching Diplomas, as well as the US National Youth License.


Gareth Evans - WPSL Assistant Coach

Gareth Evans - [email protected] - 404 819 7295

Gareth Evans begins his first season as an Assistant Coach of the Southern Soccer Academy Kings WPSL side. 

The Liverpool, England native grew up playing in the Liverpool FC Youth Academy for 9 years, playing alongside Liverpool greats Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. After playing he began coaching within different areas of the Liverpool FC Academy and held a position of a full time academy coach for 7 years. In 2008 Gareth moved to the United States and has now been at Southern Soccer Academy for 12 years. Gareth has held positions such as Senior Academy Director and Assistant Director of Coaching. He is currently the Director of Coaching at Southern Soccer Academy. Gareth currently holds his USSF National 'A' License and his UEFA 'B" license.


Wesley Lutz - GK Coach

Wes Lutz - [email protected] - 678 850-6677

Wesley currently serves as the academy director at SSA Northside the newest branch of the club which is situated in Buckhead, GA.

Wesley also recently completed his third season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Georgia State women's soccer program in 2019 and additionally, joined the GA State Men's Soccer program as the volunteer assistant for the Fall 2019 season. Wesley previously coached at Oglethorpe University where he served as an assistant from 2015-2017. In his first season at Oglethorpe, he coached goalkeeper Vaughn Moore who posted a .67 GAA and was named SAA Conference Defensive POY. In 2017, Wesley mentored junior Luke Whelan who was named a 2nd-team All-SAA honoree. 

Before coaching at Oglethorpe, he also spent time with the Truett-McConnell women's soccer program and the Emory University men’s program serving as an assistant with both programs. Wesley played collegiately at Truett-McConnell College and holds a USSF "B" coaching license, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I & II Diploma. He received his B.A. in history from Georgia State University in 2014 and in 2017, received a Masters of College Athletic Administration from Coker College.


Nate Johnson - Sports Performance Coach

Nate Johnson - [email protected] - 678 662 3048

Nate Johnson begins his first season as Head Sports Performance Coach of the Southern Soccer Academy Kings WPSL side. He is currently entering his 7th year coaching and 4th year with SSA. During his time at the club he has overseen the development of players in the boy’s academy and U14 & U15 select programs. Prior to moving to the US he grew up in London, England, where he spent his youth career within the academies of English pro sides Millwall and Tottenham. 

After moving to the US in 2012 he went on to start all 4 years, 2 as captain, for NCAA’s Lincoln Memorial University, helping the team reach the SAC conference championship as a freshman. He was a runner-up for freshman of the year and over the remainder of his career went on to receive three 1st team all-conference and one 2nd   team all-region selections. Upon completion of his playing eligibility he was hired onto the LMU Men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach and sport performance specialist, tasked with helping players reach and maintain optimal levels of performance throughout the season. He has most recently played for AFC Ann Arbor of USL2 (2017) and Georgia Revolution (2019) in the National Premier Soccer League. 

Nate graduated from LMU in 2016, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education and Health with a minor in Human Performance, he has since gone on to be a graduate assistant at Georgia State University where he graduated in 2019 with a Master’s of Science in Sport Administration. He is qualified in group fitness, and holds certifications from USSF, NSCAA and the English FA. 


Steven Hobart - Head of Performance Analysis

Steven Hobart - [email protected] - 973-780-0077

Steven Hobart currently holds his FA Level 2 and U.S. Soccer ‘D’ License. Steven, originally from London, England. He previously worked for GPS in the Carolinas where he worked for two years, after graduation from Bloomfield College (New Jersey) in 2013. Steven works with SSA out of the Northside branch and has done so since 2016. Previously, Steven worked at Oglethorpe University with their Men’s program (2015-2017) and is now a part of the staff at Emory University working with the Men’s team, assisting with first team responsibilities.


Troy Connolly -  Head of Performance Analysis

Troy Connolly - [email protected] - 678-488-3654

Troy Connolly currently holds a USSF “D” license, a B.A. in History Education, and a minor in Coaching from Kennesaw State University. Troy has 10 years of coaching experience at the club and high school level and has been with SSA since 2017. Currently, Troy serves as a Select and SCCL coach for SSA out of the Northside branch located in Buckhead. Since 2014, Troy has also been the head coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team at Campbell High School, helping to produce an overall record of 53-27-6.


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