Dave Sarachan has been named the head coach of the USL's North
Sarachan, who coached the U.S. men's national team for its last 12 games in 2017-18, replaces Colin Clarke, who coached NCFC for the last seven seasons (six in the NASL and one in the USL). Sarachan was an assistant coach under Bruce Arena with the LA Galaxy and on the U.S. national team in 2017, taking over as head coach when Arena resigned after the USA failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
His first win as U.S. head coach was a 1-0 victory over Paraguay in March in a friendly played at NCFC's WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
"I am very excited to be joining NCFC as its head coach,” said Sarachan in a statement. “To have an opportunity to be aligned with quality people, excellent facilities, a soccer-rich community and a shared philosophy in terms of vision and ambition is every head coach’s wish."
In his one pro head coaching stint, Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006 and the Supporters' Shield title in 2003 when it lost to San Jose in MLS Cup.
Sarachan's staff will include NCFC youth academy director John Bradford as assistant coach and Nic Platter, promoted to assistant general manager, as goalkeeper coach.
North Carolina FC
Goalkeeper: Alex Tambakis.
Defenders: Aaron Guillen, Steven Miller, DJ Taylor.
Midfielders: Dre Fortune, Graham Smith.
Forwards: Donovan Ewolo, Marios Lomis.