WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 15, 2017) – Rollins’ women’s soccer head coach Alicia Schuck has announced John Markey Jr. as the newest addition to the coaching staff.  Markey brings a wide array of coaching and playing experience to the Tars.

“We are excited to welcome John Markey to the Rollins family,” Schuck said. “John’s wonderful personality and geniality will help our players be successful in their playing careers and beyond.  His enthusiasm towards coaching women's soccer and his success as head coach at Bethany made him a great fit for our program.  We look forward to having John's leadership influence our winning traditions at Rollins College.”

Markey joins the Tars after two seasons as a head women’s soccer coach at Bethany College.  During his tenure with the Swedes Markey led the program to a 20-16-3 record, going 14-7-1 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Bethany had 14 players named to KCAC All-Conference Teams, and the team reached the conference tournament in both seasons under Markey’s guidance.  Markey also coached the two-time Goalkeeper of the Year.  Along with his responsibilities at Bethany Markey also served as the head coach for FC Wichita of the NPSL, leading the team to a 9-2-1 record, and a third place finish in the conference.

Prior to Bethany, Markey served as an assistant coach at from MidAmerica Nazarene University for two seasons. His responsibilities included running training sessions, recruiting, game day preparations, developing soccer specific weight training and summer fitness programs, budgeting, and coordinating a youth camp.

Markey also served two years as the head coach for the Kansas Rush U16-U17 girls and U11-U12 boys. In addition, he spent two years coaching for the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club. Markey's teams included U9-10 boys, U11-12 boys, U14 girls, U15 girls, U17 girls, and U18 girls. His other coaching experiences include time as a head coach for Kansas State ODP team, head girls coach for Oak Mountain High School, and head boys and girls coach for Birmingham United Soccer Association.

Markey played collegiately for the University of Montevallo before transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his time with the Falcons Markey was named to the 2005 Gulf South Conference Tournament team and First Team All-Gulf South Conference in 2006.  Markey then played semi-professionally with the Des Moines Menace in 2006, Baton Rouge Capitals in 2007, Panama City Pirates in 2008, Kansas City Brass in 2009, and after college played professionally with the Missouri Comets in 2011-2012 and Wichita B-52's from 2014-2015.

“I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to join the Rollins College community and to help guide the women's soccer program to continued success in our very promising future. I believe that Coach Schuck has put together a very hungry, talented, young team that is full of potential; and I look forward to working with her as we guide the program toward another national championship run,” Markey said.

Markey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication management and a minor in mass communication from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Markey holds an USSF National A license.

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