GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro men’s soccer head coach EJ O’Keeffe has announced the additions of assistant coach Jaime Ibarra and volunteer assistant coach Taylor Morton. They join O’Keeffe and assistant coach Scott Wells who joined the program earlier this year.
“I'm extremely excited to complete our coaching staff with Jaime and Taylor coming to join our Spartan Family," O’Keeffe said. “In pairing them with Scott Wells, I feel we have a fantastic staff for our student-athletes to grow as players and young men. Each of them brings unique ideas and experiences that will benefit our program moving forward.”
Ibarra joins UNCG after spending more than two years with Southern Methodist University’s men’s soccer program. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Ibarra served as a graduate assistant as the Mustangs won back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships.
“I am extremely grateful at the opportunity to work for a program with so much history and legacy,” Ibarra said. “EJ and the rest of the staff is truly committed to bringing excellence to the student-athletes and UNCG, so I am thrilled to be working alongside them.”
In 2017, the Mustangs won 17 games – most since the 2006 season – en route to an appearance in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The next season, SMU defeated then-No. 7 UCF in the AAC Championship Game to earn a second-straight trip to postseason play.
Prior to his time at SMU, Ibarra was an assistant coach at Mountain View Community College and worked with the North Texas Olympic Development Program. He earned a B.A. in History and a M.B.E in Bilingual Education from SMU.
"Jaime is a bright, driven and motivated coach,” O’Keeffe said. “He comes from a fantastic playing and coaching background at SMU, that our team will greatly benefit from. His understanding of what it takes to win championships and compete in the NCAA tournament is immeasurable. He brings a great demeanor to our staff and program.
“I'm excited to see him develop our goalkeepers along with the relationships he will build with our student-athletes."
Morton, meanwhile, joins UNCG’s men’s soccer program after being an assistant coach at Barton College during the 2018 season. He was also a member of Lees-McRae’s coaching staff in 2017.
"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the staff here at UNCG,” Morton said. “I am looking forward to working with our student-athletes as we compete to get better both on and off the field."
He earned a B.S. in Sports Administration with a minor in psychology from Lees-McRae.
"Taylor is a young, knowledge coach that will help our program in multiple facets,” O’Keefe said. “His soccer mind and work ethic are beyond his years in the profession. Being a native of North Carolina, he knows the state well. As a coach, college player and youth player at NC Fusion in Greensboro, he will be a great asset for our student-athletes at UNCG.”
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