FC National - Co-founder & President
Chris's passion for soccer started many years ago as he played soccer for Madeley College in Staffordshire, England. It was here that he gained his first coaching qualification with the English Football Association. After graduating from Madeley Chris went on to begin his life long career focusing within the youth soccer sector. He has since introduced soccer programs to hundreds of schools in the United Kingdom and the United States. His curriculum has always focused on getting it right early to instill good habits and of course to always make it fun.
Career moves between the UK and USA has seen Chris take up many roles in youth soccer including director of operations, competitive club coach, and club academy director, For the last seventeen years Chris has been co owner of Carroll Sports Academies. CSA has introduced soccer to thousands of youth players in schools and communities in England and the United States. Eight of those years being locally here in Knoxville, Chris has had great influence in local schools bringing his soccer programs to youth students and players.
BA (Hons) Sports Studies - Madeley College, Staffordshire, England
United Soccer Coaches - Advanced National Diploma
United States Soccer Federation – National D License
Football Association Level 2 (England)
FC National - Co-founder & Director of Coaching
Lawrie is a former professional EPL/EFL soccer player with Leicester City and Hull City. He made his English Premier League debut vs. Everton in April 2000 and in 2001 became Hull City’s record signing. Throughout his professional career he amassed over 350 appearances scoring more than 70 goals. After he finished playing, Lawrie started his coaching career managing the community youth academy at English Football League soccer club, Nottingham Forest FC.
Lawrie then became an international agent and coach for the prestigious Brooke House College Soccer Academy, located in Market Harborough, England, He currently oversees international soccer operations helping players to secure professional club playing contracts, as well as, soccer scholarships to American colleges.
With his continuing passion for coaching children at the youth level, he founded Iconz Experience. Iconz Experience offers youth players all over the world the opportunity to experience training with former and current EPL and EFl players and coaches as well as England's unique culture.
Former EPL Professional Player
UEFA B License