RSC Director of Coaching - Mike Farnham Bio

Coach Mike was hired as the RSC DOC in 2011 and he brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and experience to the Club.

Mike’s experience as a youth soccer coach began during his first year in college (1986) where he realized the passion he had for "teaching kids in soccer".  He now has over 20 years of coaching and administrative experience at the club, high school, college and professional levels with an emphasis on youth players and youth clubs.

Mike earned his "D" State Coaching License (1989) and was a Select Coach for the Coastal Futbal Club and Coastal Carolina Soccer Camps (1989-92) as well as an Assistant Coach for Coastal Carolina University (1991-92). Mike graduated from CCU with a BA and majored in History.

An opportunity in 1994 to become the first Select Program Coordinator for the James Island Youth Soccer Club prompted Mike to move to Mount Pleasant, SC.  During his time in the Charleston area Mike earned his USSF "C" License, he worked as a Head Staff Coach for the Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy and for the SCYSA ODP Program.

A highlight for Mike at this time was the 1996 season he spent as an Assistant Coach for the Charleston Battery A-League Team under the mentoring of Nuno Piteira. In 1998, when Mount Pleasant Soccer Club formed and became the largest club in SC, Mike accepted the opportunity to become the first Director of Coaching for MPSC.

In 2000, Mike moved to Atlanta in order to continue his career as a Youth Soccer Coach. He was hired as the Academy Director in 2001 by the Metro North Youth Soccer Association (which would later become NASA) and worked in that capacity until 2006. During his time here in Atlanta Mike has been an ODP Coach for the ’92 Boys (2005-09) as well as a GYSA Coaching Instructor. He earned his USSF "B" License in 2003 and his "A" License and his National Youth License in 2005.  In 2007 Mike joined GSA as the Director of Player Development and worked closely with his mentor (Nuno) to oversee the Boys Academy and Select Programs and helped to build that program to be one of the most successful in the state.

Mike lives in Cumming with his wife Emma and their 5 year old daughter Isabella who is a big Santos fan along with their 3 year old daughter Olivia and there black Labrador Jake.