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Stuart Jacob announced as Boys’ Academy Head Coach, 1st team Assistant Coach

By Kristy Kepley-Steward, 12/19/21, 9:30AM HST


Asheville City Soccer Club (ACSC) is proud to announce Stuart Jacob as its new Boys’ Academy Head Coach as well as 1st team Assistant Coach. 

A UEFA qualified soccer coach and native of England, Jacob has worked in various roles for Crystal Palace F.C. since 2013, working to develop players and expand new programs. A recent resident in Asheville with his family, Jacob continues to work with Crystal Palace as a USA recruitment consultant. 

"After moving from London with my family I am really looking forward to this exciting new opportunity and becoming a part of this great club and community,” said Jacob. 

Prior to coaching, Jacob played semi-pro in his early 20’s before a career ending injury derailed his plans and set him on the path to coaching. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Stuart and his family to Asheville City.  His experience in developing young talent will help our Academy team reach its full potential and his knowledge of the game will be a great addition to our first team.” - Jimmy Wheeler, Chairman/GM ACSC.

“We got extremely fortunate with Stuart and his family moving to the Asheville community, his experience within the English professional game would compliment any team, we are very lucky to have him.” - ACSC Head Coach Scott Wells

The AC Academy consists of both a girls and boys team to support each of ACSC’s first teams. The programs feature a training-focused environment, designed to work with and complement player experiences with both school and club teams. 

The Academy is offered at no charge to youth or their families through a combination of club partnerships and the sale of beer wristbands at Asheville City first team home games. 

Founded in 2016, ACSC was created as a way to help local players pursue their dreams and grow the game while using soccer as a way to give back to the community. Asheville City’s women’s and men’s teams will return to play in the summer of 2022 at Memorial Stadium. For more information about the upcoming season visit and @ashevillecitysc on social media.