Eastern Florida State College has promoted Scott Carswell to co-head coach of the women's soccer team.
Carswell joined the Titans as an assistant coach in February after 17 seasons at Merritt Island High School, leading the girls soccer program to three state championships including back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 and went to eight state championship games in 17 seasons.
"I really have enjoyed working with Jeff (Carr) and Teresa (Moon) last spring and am excited to help this team reach its goals," Carswell said. "It is not a program that you have to build from the bottom up, it's a program with a great reputation that they have done a great job with and my job is maintaining it and seeing if I can make some tweaks and add my own style. I can't say enough about what Jeff and Teresa have done to build this program."
Carswell will coach with Jeff Carr this season and then take over the program in 2020. Carr started the program in 2010 and has had a winning season in all nine years at the helm, accumulating a 134-25-7 record. Under Carr, the program has reached the national championship game twice, in 2012 and 2015 and has won the Region 8 Conference title six times.
"We are really excited to have Scott come on as co-head coach for this season and will be taking over the program after this fall," said Carr, who in addition to serving his final year coaching women's soccer, is Eastern Florida State College's Associate Vice President for Athletics. "Scott's success speaks for itself with Merritt Island being a powerhouse for so many years. He has the credentials, very connected with club and high school programs, very passionate about soccer, a great teacher of the game and is one of the State ODP coaches. We had some great applicants that had applied and we felt Scott was the best candidate for our program moving forward."
Carswell knows expectations are high for the women's soccer program and is ready for the challenge.
"That was always there at Merritt Island as well, and while this is new to me, I believe we have the players to take it to that next level," Carswell said. "The goal is to win a national championship, I believe we are one of the top two or three teams in the country again this year and anything I can do to help get to the next level is the objective."
The women's soccer team will open the regular season Aug. 22 against Southwestern Illinois College at 6 p.m. as part of an opening night doubleheader with the men's soccer team. Admission to games at Titan Soccer Complex is free.