Stuart Jacob Joins As Director of NextGenShield

We are delighted to announce that former Crystal Palace (English Premier League Club) academy coach; Stuart Jacob, has joined the Asheville Shield Family.

“I am excited for to be joining Asheville Shield FC and working with their Next Generation program and helping to impact the development of youth soccer here in this great community of Asheville.” – Stuart JacobĀ 

Stuart and his family have relocated here to Asheville from London, England and are enjoying mountain life style here in NC. For the last 9 years Coach Stuart worked for Crystal Palace FC both in their Foundation and Academy setting. Working both in the youth development phase and foundation phase of their category 1 Academy (highest level in UK).
Stuart has had the opportunity to be apart of developing players who are now signed to Palace first team and also representing their countries at an international level. While at his former role, he achieved qualifications as a UEFA licensed coach and has a clear passion for developing the Next Generation of players.
Stuart will start his role with immediate effect as we prepare for the season to begin. Alongside his role with Asheville Shield, Stuart will also be the Asheville City Academy Coach this Summer.
For anyone wanting to register for Next Generation Shield, registration is open for players born 2015-2012 and training will begin 1/31 at Buncombe County Sports Park. For questions you can reach Stuart at & can register by clicking here
Welcome to the club Stuart! #OneClubOneFamily

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