Mark Carr, who spent the last six
years as a women's coach in the U.S. youth national team program, has been named th head coach of the University of Oklahoma women's program.
Carr, who has been coaching in the United States since shortly after graduating from Bournemouth University in England in 2001, was the head coach of the 2018 U.S. U-17 Women's World Cup team and has been coaching the U.S. under-20 women's national team preparing for 2020 World Cup qualifying as recently as last week.
In the OU announcement about the hire, Carr stated, "There is a lot of work to be done, but I can't wait to get started." Carr replaces Matt Potter, whose tenure came to an end after eight seasons, OU did not wait until the Sooners were eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City to announce that Potter would not be returning in 2020. OU has had losing records in the last three seasons.
It is not clear who will coach the USA at the Concacaf Women's U-20 Championship Feb. 15-March 1 in the Dominican Republic.
The only other full-time youth national team coach of the girls side is Tracey Kevins, who is working with the U.S. U-17 women preparing for Concacaf qualifying at a time and venue not yet announced. B.J. Snow, the director of talent identification for the women's national team, has been coaching the U-23s.
Carr was an assistant coach under Jill Ellis at UCLA and then the head coach at the University of San Francisco. He came to U.S. Soccer after spending three years (2012-14) at the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas.