Jaguar Men's Soccer Coaches 2005 National Champion, National Runner-up 2004, 2007, 2009
Marc ZagaraHead Men’s Soccer Coach
The dean of two-year college soccer in the Southeast, head coach Marc Zagara was inducted in 2009 to the National Junior College Athletics Association Hall of Fame.
As Zagara enters his 23rd year at the helm of the men’s soccer program at Georgia Perimeter College, he has taken the Jaguars to six appearances at the NJCAA national tournament in seven years. He led the Jaguars to the national championship in 2005. His teams were national runners-up in 2004, 2007 and 2009 and finished in fifth place in 2006 and 2008.
Starting from scratch in 1992, Zagara has built a soccer powerhouse that is regularly ranked in the top 15 nationally. Georgia Perimeter finished ranked eighth in the final NJCAA poll for the 2013 season even though the Jaguars didn’t make the national tournament after a heartbreaking penalty kick loss in the Region 17 championship match.
In his soccer coaching career, Zagara has compiled a 425-168-26 record, while at GPC he has a phenomenal 350-93-20 record. His Jaguars have won 13 NJCAA Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) championships in the past 20 years.
Georgia Perimeter has made the eight-team NJCAA national tournament in nine of the past 16 years. Zagara’s teams have produced 34 All Americans, and 14 players have gone on to play professional soccer in Europe, South America, Central America, Australia and the United States.
A native of Pittsford, N.Y., where he excelled in athletics, Zagara earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University. He began his teaching and coaching career at the Community College of the Fingerlakes in Canadaigua, N.Y. In his seven years as head coach at Fingerlakes, Zagara established school records for most victories in women’s soccer, men’s soccer and baseball.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Zagara is an assistant professor of economics on the Dunwoody Campus. He serves as national chairperson of the National Soccer Coaches of America selection committee for the junior college All-America team and as NSCAA’s national chair for the junior college Coach of the Year selection committee.
Ron MooreAssistant Coach
Ron Moore is in his 21st year as an assistant coach with the Jaguars’ men’s soccer program. With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Moore has coached in both youth leagues and adult leagues.
He holds a United States Soccer Federation national coaching license, has been a Georgia state soccer coaching course instructor for more than 15 years and is an Olyimpic Development Program (ODP) player evaluator. Moore is a former Georgia amateur senior men’s ODP coach. He served on the executive and full board of Georgia State Soccer for 15 years.
In 1991 The Atlanta German Counsel General’s office asked Moore to organize and host two games between the German men’s Budaslega team and the Atlanta adult men’s all-star team. The host team, coached by Moore, defeated the visiting Germans 5-4 and 3-2.In 2002, Moore received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia State Soccer Association for his outstanding service to Georgia soccer for more than 25 years.
Jerome SamuelsAssistant Coach
Assistant coach, Jerome Samuels, returns for his seventh season with the Jaguars since he previously coached during 2005-2011. He is currently a licensed Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) ‘A’ coach, as well as a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” licensed coach.
Samuels brings 10 years of professional soccer experience across the English, American and Jamaican leagues. He made more than 350 league appearances for four clubs and represented Jamaica at the international level with 20 caps at various levels.