Name/Title: Joe McLaughlin - Managing Director and Head Soccer Coach
Clubs Played For: Chelsea FC, Charlton Atheltic FC, Watford FC,Hibernian FC,Falkirk FC,St Mirren FC,Morton FC,
Coaching Badges: UEFA A Licence
As Director of Soccer, Joe will be responsible for the assessment of every player who is accepted onto the Soccer Icon scholarship programme.
Joe will also be responsible for promoting all Soccer Icon players to USA college coaches.
He will also be the main contact for all recruiting USA coaches and will be delighted to assist every coach to find the right player for their programme.
As a player Joe was a former captain of Premiership champions Chelsea FC and made nearly 300 appearances for the club between 1983 and 1989. He is still in the top 50 all time appearances for the club.Joe was transferred to Chelsea FC after playing in the Scottish Premier League for 4 years with home town team Greenock Morton FC.
In 1989 Joe was transferred to Charlton Athletic FC for £650,000 which was a club record transfer fee at that time. After leaving Charlton, Joe went to Watford FC for £450,000 where he was also club captain. He then went back to Scotland to play for Falkirk FC and was club captain.
Alex Miller, took him to Hibernian FC and Joe finally finished his long and illustrious career at St. Mirren FC. Joe has also represented his country at International level having made 12 appearances for the Scotland under 21 National team and was included in the Full National squad on 4 occasions.
His combined transfer fees total over £1.25 million.
Joe began his coaching career at St Mirren FC inthe Scottish Premier League.He then moved to Millwall FC where he was Reserve Team Manager for two seasons.
Managed MortonFC for a short spell in 2004.
Joe holds the UEFA "A Licence". By using his vast experience and knowledge of the game, he is in an ideal position to advise players about their future career as a footballer and a student.
Joe has also experienced "soccer" in the USA, he spent a few months at New York Cosmos in 1979, alongside legends such as Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Georgio Chinnaglia and Fransisco Marinho.
He has also coached at clubs/colleges/high schools in Arizona,Florida and North /South Carolina.