Tim Carter • Academy Director
Carter comes to MNUFC from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, where he has been the director of the Boys’ Soccer Center of Excellence and head of the U-18 Development Academy team for the past ten years. The school and its programs are widely regarded as a model for combining academic and athletic excellence, and have fostered the development of a number of professional level athletes in both soccer and hockey.
Carter has received multiple coaching credentials from associations around the world including the U.S., the Netherlands, England, and the Union European Football Trainers.
After graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1979 Carter became an assistant coach with Bowdoin College. Over the next 20 years, he coached at several colleges across the country including Duke University and as head coach at both Eckerd College and Illinois State University.
He then became a National Staff Coach for the USSF in 1995 before taking the role as Director of Youth Development with the organization in 1998.
Carter moved into the world of professional soccer in 2001 when he joined the Chicago Fire as Director of Player Development. He then split duties as Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Development with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, before taking over as the team’s head coach halfway through the 2002 season.
He came to Minnesota for the first time in 2003 when he joined the Thunder’s coaching staff, taking a similar split role as he did with the Riverhounds, before starting up the program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2005.
Carter has been honored throughout his career for his outstanding work. He has won coach of the year awards with multiple organizations including the NSCAA, USYSA, and three-straight for the USSF Development Academy. Carter was recently appointed to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Academy Leadership Program.
Craig Mallace • Camps Director
Craig Mallace is the Director of Camps and Youth Development at Minnesota United FC. Whether playing soccer, coaching or implementing elite training programs, Craig loves the sport and enjoys teaching young players how to bring out their best on the field.
Craig began playing soccer as a child in his native Scotland. In the early-mid-2000s, he played Division 1 soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2007, he turned pro, playing center midfield for the Minnesota Thunder. But even during college and playing professionally he always found time to help area soccer clubs. “Ever since I was 18, I have been involved with coaching, running youth clubs and my own camp and training program,” said Craig. “I am one of the luckiest people to say I have a job doing the thing I love most, football.”
Whether you call it football or soccer, Craig’s experience leading youth programs is impressive. Over the last 11 years, Craig held Director of Coaching and Player Development positions for the European Soccer Academy in New Jersey, Craig Mallace Soccer Academy, Cottage Grove United Soccer Club, and the Chisago Lakes Soccer Club. He also served as the varsity head coach of the Hill Murray High School girls’ soccer team from 2010-2013.
All of Craig’s rich history in the game has lead him to his current position leading Minnesota United FC’s camp and youth development program. “Our goal is to offer programs for players of all ages and skill levels, by partnering with clubs and city soccer organizations,” said Craig. The high-level training program involves camps and academies for players, with professional coaches and players bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice field each day.
For Craig, it all comes back to soccer. “Not everyone will play soccer professionally – that’s not what this game is about. It’s about kids of all skill levels, loving the game exactly the same,” said Craig. “Football can bring people together and create lifelong friendships. Football has given me a lot and it is great to be able to share the love and passion of the game with others.”