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Staff

Mark Berson – Head Coach, Camp Director

Mark Berson begins his 38th season at the helm of the South Carolina soccer program in 2015. The University of South Carolina soccer camp program has an outstanding record of developing top quality talent. A large percentage of the current Gamecock team attended camp.

Coach Berson's Accomplishments:

  • No. 1 Among active coaches in victories (455) while a Division I head coach
  • No. 1 (Tied) NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament appearances among active coaches (20)*
  • No. 3 all-time in victories (455) while a Division I head coach
  • 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 19 in last 27 seasons (.703)
  • One of only three coaches to collect at least 450 victories while a Division I head coach
  • Over forty Gamecock players have been drafted or entered into professional soccer
  • US Soccer National Instructional Staff
  • Former coach US National U18 team
  • Former coach MLS player combine
  • 32 winning seasons in 36 years coaching at the Division I level
  • 2011 Conference USA Coach of the Year

*based on information compiled from NCAA Division I men's soccer media relations contacts #based on information compiled in the South Carolina Media Relations Office heading into 2012 season

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Spencer Lewis – Assistant Coach, Assistant Camp Director


University of South Carolina head men's soccer coach Mark Berson announced on March 14, 2012, the hiring of former Gamecock Spencer Lewis as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at Carolina. Lewis most recently served as an assistant coach at Newberry College for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

"We are pleased to have Spencer join our staff," Berson said. "He brings valuable experience as a former Gamecock who played on our 2005 Conference USA championship team. Most importantly, Spencer is an outstanding young man who will have an immediate impact in our program working with our players."

"I want to thank Coach Berson for giving me the opportunity to come back to the University of South Carolina as a member of the coaching staff," Lewis said. "I look forward to contributing to the tradition and excellence of the men's soccer program at South Carolina and to begin immediately working with the current players to continue the program's success in Conference USA and the NCAA Tournament."

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Joey Worthen – Assistant Coach, Assistant Camp Director


Former South Carolina standout Joey Worthen joins the coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. Worthen was a letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 1998-2001.

While at South Carolina, Worthen was a four-year starter for the Gamecocks, and served as team captain during his senior season. He was named the Independent Rookie of the Year in 1998, while he helped lead Carolina to the NCAA Tournament in 1998, 2000 and 2001. In his career, South Carolina posted 50 victories, while individually, Worthen scored 25 goals and collected 15 assists for 65 points. He scored 12 game winners for Carolina.

Following his time with the Gamecocks, Worthen went on to play nine years professionally. He spent time with Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer, while also playing for the Carolina Railhawks and the Richmond Kickers. He was named the Rookie of the Year while playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, when he led the team in minutes, starts and assists. He played in the 2005 USL Championship game with the Kickers, and then in 2010 helped the squad capture the Championship title.

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Mark Berson’s Carolina Soccer Camps or clinics shall be open to any and all entrants
(limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).


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