Scott Marksberry brings years of experience in both ministry and soccer in an urban setting to Emerald Youth Foundation.
A graduate of Union University with a bachleor's in business management, he also holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma. Scott served as a high school teacher, soccer camp director, speaker and has taken players on mission trips in and outside the United States.
He began his career in a similar organization to Emerald Youth called Memphis Athletic Ministries. There, he helped oversee the administration of year-round sports leagues for more than 7,000 youth in the Memphis community, including marketing, scheduling and managing leagues in more than 20 locations.
Prior to joining Emerald Youth, he was the athletic director at a K-12 private, Christian school with 550 students and 16 teams in 7 sports.
"I was drawn to the opportunity to use soccer and sports as a way to share the love of Christ. Emerald is creating opportunities for urban youth to experience soccer in a Christ-centered environment, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
Scott has coached young men and women ranging from youth to amateurs at John Brown University, Union University, Crichton College, Wheaton Academy and for the Sporting Arkansas FC and the Ozark FC in the National Premier Soccer League.
"I am definitely an optimist, looking for the best in every situation. Also, the first paying job I had was as a stage actor in an improv theater group -- not your typical starting point for a coach!"
When he's not on the soccer field, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, usually outdoors hiking, camping, biking or anything that keeps them outside.