Carr steps down from men’s soccer post; Li named interim head coach

MINNEAPOLIS – North Central University head men's soccer coach George Carr has resigned his position ahead of the upcoming season due to his family's relocation. Brian Li, who served as an assistant coach under Carr during the Rams' 2017 campaign, has been elevated to the role of interim head coach for 2018.

Carr, a North Central alumnus, took to the sidelines as head coach after being named to the position in January 2017. A previous assistant coach on Jake Smith's staff in 2016, Carr led the team to a 5-7-4 finish in 16 games. George's wife Ali recently accepted a full-time position in Pennsylvania, where the Carr family will relocate to later this summer.

Li brings significant soccer and professional experience to the role. He has coached since 2013, joining the North Central coaching staff as an assistant in 2017. He has also held coaching roles with Fusion Soccer Club and Eden Prairie Soccer Club, working with talented youth players ranging from U10-U17. Li will possess the USSF National D coaching license prior to starting the 2018 season. In addition to soccer, Li holds a bachelor's and MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He has a professional background in banking and corporate finance and currently works as a consultant and social-impact entrepreneur.

"George Carr's presence on campus will be missed, said Greg Johnson, director of athletics. "He brought significant value to our program with his soccer knowledge and network, but more importantly in the way that he led our student-athletes in their personal, academic, and spiritual growth. While I'm grateful to George for his contributions, both he and I eagerly look forward to watching Brian impact this team as interim head coach. Brian, along with our assistant coaches, is prepared to lead our men -- both individually and as a group -- and I look forward to supporting him in this endeavor."

"I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the NCU men's soccer program," Li said when accepting the role. "Many coaches and players, both current and former, have worked hard to elevate the quality of soccer at NCU. I am excited to work with our coaching staff, deep returning roster, and talented incoming class to build upon this foundation and begin our 2018 campaign." Li's fellow assistant coaches from 2017 -- Zach Peterson and Jordan Hurst -- will return to the sideline again this season.

Li will make his head coaching debut when North Central opens its regular season on August 31 at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn. NCU will play four non-conference games before beginning their 12-game Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) schedule on September 10 at Bethany Lutheran College.