Clark McCarthy enters his second season as an assistant coach at South Carolina this fall. The Columbia, S.C., native, who joined Carolina in June of 2016, works primarily with the team’s goalkeepers.
The Gamecocks enjoyed a historic 2016 campaign in McCarthy’s first season with the team, tallying program single-season records for wins (21) and victories over ranked opponents (5). Carolina, the 2016 SEC Regular-Season Champions, earned the program’s first ever No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed before advancing to the Elite Eight following a pair of wins over ranked foes in the second and third rounds.
Last year’s memorable run included a record-setting season in net. Freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski, an All-SEC First Team Selection, posted the program’s lowest single-season goals against average (0.43) and recorded its third-most shutouts (11) in one year.
Krzeczowski ended the season with a mark of 18-2-1 for a Gamecock squad that allowed just 10 goals on the season and finished with a school-record 0.41 goals against average. The Gamecocks posted three clean sheets against ranked opponents, including a 1-0 win over No. 4 BYU in the NCAA Round of 16.
McCarthy came to South Carolina following multiple coaching stints around the state. He served as the head men’s soccer coach for five seasons at Dreher High School, where he led his team to the state playoffs each year. McCarthy worked with and developed 10 All-Region players throughout his tenure as head coach, including the 2013 Region Player of the year.
He has spent much of his coaching career specifically developing goalkeepers. McCarthy was the goalkeeper coach for the Columbia College women’s soccer program this past fall, and he also worked with goalkeepers as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the 2010 season. For five years, he served as the goalkeeper trainer for South Carolina’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Columbia.
Other coaching stints of McCarthy include time at the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA), South Carolina United Futbol Club and Palmetto FC Bantams. He has also developed players through the Clark McCarthy Soccer Academy, which he started in 2009 to provide private training sessions and clinics.
McCarthy also brought an extensive teaching background to the Gamecock coaching staff. After serving as a student teacher at Brewer Middle School in Greenwood, S.C., McCarthy began teaching health and physical education at Dreher High School in 2011. He taught a variety of sports at Dreher, including soccer, basketball and team handball.
McCarthy played goalkeeper at Lander University from 2005-2008, helping the Bearcats reach the postseason in all four years. Lander advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2005 before winning both the regular-season and tournament title of the Peach Belt Conference one year later.
He graduated from Lander Magana Cum Laude in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in science, and McCarthy earned his master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in the fall of 2015.