FC Wichita has announced that a new Head Coach will join the team for the 2016 season, John Markey.
Born in Myrtle Beach, SC and raised in Birmingham, AL, Markey started his soccer career at age 4, and was coaching youth teams by age 17.
“I was coaching a U10 girls team while I was playing for the U18 boys team.” Markey said. “I have to credit my father for teaching me how to look at the game like a coach at such a young age. He was the Director of Birmingham United and helped my coaching career get off to an early start in so many ways. He allowed me to help with the top teams he would coach and paid for me to get my coaching licenses at a young age.”
Markey comes to FC Wichita from Bethany College where he is the Head Coach of Women’s Soccer. Previously, he was Assistant Coach at Mid America Nazarene University, where his experience and responsibilities included running training sessions, recruiting, game day preparations, developing soccer–‐specific weight training and fitness programs, budgeting, and coordinating youth camps.
While playing for Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL, Markey took the team to the state championship as the #1 high school team in the country in 2005. He went on to play collegiately for both NCAA Division I University of Alabama at Birmingham and NCAA Division II University of Montevallo. He also played semi–‐professionally with several PDL teams from 2006–‐2009, and professionally with the Missouri Comets and Wichita B–‐52s.
FC Wichita Director of Soccer Operations and former Head Coach, Larry Inlow, is thrilled about Markey joining the club. “Part of my decision making process of accepting the Director of Soccer Operations position with our club was being able to first find a suitable head coach.” Inlow said. “So we created a long list of criteria that any potential hire must meet. As soon as we started comparing John’s experience, qualifications, demeanor and determination to our criteria we knew we had the man for the job.”
Blake Shumaker, FC Wichita Managing Partner, shares in Inlow’s sentiment. “This is an exciting hire for us!” Shumaker said. “Ownership shares the same long–‐term direction for the club as John. He’s passionate for this opportunity and looking to climb to the top of his profession. We believe his confident approach is contagious and runs deeper then formations and tactics.”
Markey’s list of achievements is a long one, including 2010 Info Sport Combine All–‐Star Team, C–‐USA Quarter Finalist in 2007 and 2009, and HAAC Semi–‐Finalist in 2013 and 2014. He has coached 10 players over two years that were named to All-Conference Honors, three players that gained HAAC of the Week Honors, two players that were National Players of the Week, and a player that was the KCAC Player of the Week three weeks in a row. Markey also holds a US Soccer National “A” coaching license.
Inlow and Markey have already started collaborating on building the team for the upcoming season, and will be announcing signings very soon. “I am very excited to be working with John on and off the pitch so that we can successfully defend our conference championship and compete in the US Open Cup.” Inlow said.