The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks recently welcomed top coaches Billy Garton, Warren Barton, Ryan Penton and Steve Gonzalez to the Sharks organization.
Garton is the Sharks’ new Director of Boys Competitive and Warren Barton is the Sharks’ new Technical Director.
Garton enjoyed a 10-year career with Manchester United, has an Honors degree in education, specializing in physical education, and was a teacher for five years after retiring from professional soccer.
Garton took his FA coaching license in England and coached professionally in the minor pro leagues in England for a number of years. He also holds a USSF coaching license.
Garton is currently involved in a soccer management company that specializes in presenting Elite youth soccer players with professional opportunities in Europe and the USA.
Barton played at the highest level for 18 years in the EPL (English Premier League), with 500 senior level appearances for Wimbledon FC, Newcastle United, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers.
Barton holds an Uefa Pro License, as well as the Uefa “A” and “B” license.
Barton was asked to be the chairman of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), in the United Kingdom, a position he held for two years.
After his professional soccer career he was an analyst for SKY Sports Television, covering all the major soccer leagues and competitions.
Barton moved to the U.S. six years ago to become the head analyst on Fox Soccer Channel, which is now Fox Sports. He was the Head Coach of the U18 LA Galaxy team for two years and then the General Manager of the LA Blues, USL.
Four years ago he became the owner and Head Coach of the San Diego Flash, NSPL.
“We remain committed to investing in our players and this is a huge step as we continue building our program. [We are] excited about the experience, knowledge and passion Billy, Warren, Ryan and Steve will bring to the Sharks and specifically our boys program.”
— Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks management
Tryouts will be held at the beginning of 2014 for boys and girls teams. For more information, visit www.dmcvsharks.com or call Billy Garton at 858-344-1086 or Shannon MacMillan at 858-750-5709.