Coach G is committed to making Futsal an essential component of advanced youth development in the region, and Our goal is to build Barefoot FC into a brand & resource that raises the bar in a innovative way, while celebrating the undeniable merits of Futsal.
For over 20 years (in Charlotte) Coach “G”‘ has been recognized as one of the best technical trainers, and developmental program designers in the area.
He was founding director of Charlotte’s first state of the art Indoor/Outdoor soccer facility. For ten years, he designed & implemented many successful programs there, that are still running today.
Coach "G" has coached club teams to NCYSA State Cups and has trained over 40 club teams during his coaching career at the club level. He also has extensive experience as a high school technical trainer (12yrs) , and has also served as a varsity head coach in 2007 and 2008.
As a youth, Coach "G" spent all of his vacation time with his father & family in Colombia, South America, playing a lot of Futsal. “For as far back as I can remember, I always had a Futsal ball in the house, growing up”. “In Colombia, small sided play, whether it was pick up play, or academy, it was almost always with a Futsal ball”. In High school, Coach G was a four-year All-Conference player at Heritage Academy (SC), and attended Covenant College (TN), on scholarship.
Coach G holds the USSA National Youth License and a US Youth Futsal Level 3 Futsal Coaching Certificate.
Coach Mary started training with Coach G when she was a young girl in 1994. She has been training or working with him ever since.
Mary played DI Soccer at Wofford College where she was a 4-year starter, captain her senior year, and was voted team MVP in 3 of the years. She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in business and philosophy at 20 years old. She was Phi Beta Kappa and also received the department award in philosophy. Her hard work on and off the field earned her the SOCON Academic All Conference Team for 3 out of her 4 years at Wofford.
After college, Mary coached club and college soccer in Spartanburg for 2 years before leaving to work on her masters in educational research at UVA. When she returned to Charlotte in 2012, Coach G had established Barefoot. By that time, Mary had earned her NSCAA national and advanced national coaching licenses and had already been coaching soccer at various levels for about 6 years. She started coaching with Barefoot in 2012 and since then she has earned her coaching license with US Youth Futsal and has become a regional, national, and international staff member.
Coach Mary states, “Training with Coach G was always about building a relationship with the ball. As a player, that is what I craved and Coach G played a role in helping me develop a deep love for the sport that lasted my whole career. Helping to instill this love for the ball and for the game in young players is very important to me as a coach. Being at Barefoot allows me to do this more effectively than any program I have been a part of in the past. It has been amazing to see kids who I started working with when they were 5 or 6 years old grow into fabulous players who have a style all their own and a deep love for the game and for the ball.”
2009- 2014 Soccer player in professional youth club Universidad Católica of Chile:
Most Valuable Player: U16 (2011) and U17 (2012).
National Champion: U15 (2010) and U20 (2013).
International tournament experience in Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, and South Africa.
2011- Chile National Futsal Team U-20.
2011- Some practices with the adult team of Chile National Futsal Team.
2012-2013 Some practices with professional team Universidad Católica of Chile . On the roaster for 6 pro games of the Chilean cup, substitute goalkeeper.
2015- Coach in Barefoot Futsal. Specialist in goalkeeper training.
2015- 2018 Goalkeeper in Queens University of Charlotte. Defensive MVP 2016. All-team South Atlantic Conference 2017. Regular season champions 2018.
As an artist by trade, coach Kent has learned to look at things differently and constantly look to find other ways to accomplish goals. Kent played 4 years at the university of Charleston (West Virginia) and has developed what he learned from playing into his own unique coaching style which fits the Barefoot program and method Barefoot perfectly. In finding another way he has taken a group of young men and mentored them along with coach G and Clayton Hellner into what is now the u19 Itagui team.
“Being a part of and coaching with the barefoot program has taught me a new level of freedom and creativity to the game I love and adore teaching to others. Anyone can be a follower and everyone thinks it’s wrong until it works.” - coach Kent Youngstrom.