Asheville City Men’s Head Coach Scott Wells has announced his assistant coaches for the upcoming season. Joe Barber and Guy Campbell see their return to the Blues after a successful 2022 campaign, while Matty McArthur will be joining Wells’ coaching staff ahead of the 2023 season.
Barber is returning to Asheville after helping guide the club to their first playoff berth in history.
Barber was recently named the Associate Head Coach on Scott Wells staff at Gardner-Webb. Before this, he was the Head Coach of Milligan University. Barber led Milligan to a 10-3-7 record in 2022. This placed the Buffaloes at the top of their conference, handing them a bid to the NAIA National Tournament. After a shaky 0-2-3 start, Barber was able to right the ship and Milligan went on a 15-match unbeaten streak.
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Before Milligan, Barber served time as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern and Temple. Collegiately, he was a teammate of Wells at Limestone College before he transferred to Florida Tech University.
“I trust him. That’s the biggest thing, it’s trust. He understands exactly what I want and how I want it done and we just have a great relationship,” says Wells.
Guy Campbell is the other coach returning to the Blues for this season.
He has grown up in the area and now serves as the Men’s Soccer Head Coach and the Soccer Program Director at Christ School, where he graduated from in 2000. He has guided the Greenies to 121 wins and four Carolinas Athletic Association championships as head coach. Collegiately, Campbell played soccer at Presbyterian College.
Coach Guy Campbell helped get the Asheville City Academy youth program off the ground as an assistant coach before beginning work as an assistant coach with the first team in 2022. Coach Campbell has coached at Christ School since 2010.
“Guy Campbell is just the gift that keeps on giving. This guy is Mr. Asheville. He’s very well respected in the community of Asheville. He’s so passionate about the game and this club. He’s not only somebody that I trust, but he understands what it means to represent the community of Asheville,” said Wells.
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Matty McArthur is the newcomer to Asheville City’s staff.
Matty is currently an assistant at the University of Mobile, where he also played collegiately. Matty was a two-time SSAC Second Team All-Conference selection during his playing career as a midfielder with the Rams.
During his playing career, McArthur was a part of the U-20 squad of Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone. He currently holds a UEFA-B and USA-D coaching license, and looks to earn his UEFA-A and USA-B coaching licenses this year.
“Matty came really well-recommended as a very young, energetic, very educated coach. Really modern coach, really understands what this generation of player needs. Not just from a tactical standpoint but from a cultural standpoint as well from managing the players,” says Wells.
Asheville looking to keep their momentum going from a successful 2022, and look to improve on their Conference Semifinals appearance from last season.
The Blues opened up the season at Greenwood Soccer Field on May 12th against Port City FC with a dominating 4-0 win.