Born: February 9, 1979, in London, England
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Mark Carr was named as the head coach for the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team in April of 2017. In the full-time position, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U-17 WNT program as he prepares the team for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which will be staged in Uruguay.
Carr will also manage the integration and programming of the Under-15 and Under-16 Girls’ National Teams during the World Cup cycle to maximize the evaluation and movement of players between the age groups for training camps and matches.
Carr joined U.S. Soccer in November of 2014 as Development Coach for the USA’s Women’s Youth National Teams in one of three newly created positions and was responsible for heading the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team programming and camps for two and half years, providing him an excellent base of knowledge and experience in which to head the U.S. U-17s.
In 2016, Carr coached a U.S. team that participated for the first time in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship (the second time the tournament has been held). Carr led the USA to wins in all seven games by shutout, compiling a 49-0 goal difference, and defeated Costa Rica 5-0 in the semifinal and Canada 2-0 in the championship game to take the regional title.
Carr came to U.S. Soccer after spending three years (2012-2014) as the Girls’ Premier League Director and Technical Director for the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining U.S. Soccer full-time, Carr has been active in the Women’s National Team programs, serving as a scout, helping run U.S. Soccer Training Centers in Texas and assisting with the U-14 Girls’ National Team camps.
For nine years from 2003-2011, Carr was involved in the women’s college game, first as an assistant coach at UCLA (2003-2006) and then as the head women’s coach at the University of San Francisco (2007-2011), where his players earned 16 All-WWC selections.
During Carr's tenure in Westwood while working with current U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 overall record from 2003-06 and produced nine All-Americans, won four Pac-10 titles, advanced to four Final Fours and to two NCAA Championship Games. In addition, UCLA owned a 18-4 record in the NCAA Tournament.
Carr was also active in the Southern California club circuit, coaching the Force Soccer Club out of Redondo Beach where he served as the head coach for the Girl's U-11 and U-14 teams. He also worked at the regional ODP level for Region IV.
Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in his native England in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representative Team (1996) and played for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team (1995-97).
Carr has a USSF National “A” License, a USSF National “Goalkeeping” License, an NSCAA Premiere Certification and an English FA Coaching Certificate.
He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Caroline and two children, Ella Cate (6) and Oliver Scott (3).