GC Soccer Adds Kariya as Graduate Assistant Coach

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women’s soccer program and head coach Hope Clark have announced the addition of Yuki Kariya to the coaching staff.

Kariya will join the staff as a graduate assistant coach after serving as an assistant at Martin Methodist College for the past year. While at Georgia College, Kariya will pursue his Master’s of Education in Kinesiology.

Clark and Kariya have previous experience working together at Auburn University at Montgomery in 2011, where Kariya worked as a student assistant for the men’s soccer team while Clark was the head women’s soccer coach.

“We are extremely happy to bring Yuki on board here at GC,” described Clark, “He brings a wealth of knowledge an experience that will be very helpful for the next two seasons. Yuki is passionate about coaching and the game of soccer. He is a tremendous player who brings a strong fitness and technical background with him. Our program will be stronger with the addition of Yuki to our coaching staff.”

Kariya also has a depth of experience as a youth coach, working with the River Region Rapids, FC Torjager and Pulaski Soccer Clubs.

He currently carries a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 License, and recently earned a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to work under coach Clark,” explained Kariya, “I respect her coaching style and the training program she has in place.”

Kariya is a 2011 graduate of AUM, earning Magna Cum Laude honors while starring on the field, as well. He was a First Team All-Conference performer for two years at Auburn-Montgomery after garnering the same honors at Darton College.

Following his collegiate playing career, Kariya joined the Des Moines Menace of the Professional Development League (PDL) for two seasons, as well as the Rocket City United of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for a season.

The Bobcats kick off the 2012 season Friday, Aug. 31 at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Bobcats open the home slate Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. against Nova Southeastern State University.

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