John Hackworth

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John Hackworth
Personal information
Full name John Christopher Hackworth
Date of birth (1970-02-05) February 5, 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Dunedin, Florida, United States
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1989–1990 Brevard College
1991–1992 Wake Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Carolina Crunch
1997 Carolina Dynamo 1 (0)
Teams managed
1992 Wake Forest (women's)
1993–1997 Wake Forest (men's assistant)
1998–2001 South Florida Bulls
2002–2004 United States U-17 (assistant)
2004–2007 United States U-17
2007–2009 United States (assistant)
2010–2012 Philadelphia Union (assistant)
2012–2014 Philadelphia Union
2015– United States U-17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Hackworth (born February 5, 1970 in Dunedin, Florida) is an American soccer coach currently serving as head coach of the United States U-17 national team.[1]


A native of Dunedin, Florida, graduated from Dunedin High School. He began his collegiate soccer career at Brevard College in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, he transferred to Wake Forest University where he finished his collegiate career in 1992.

He then played several years in the United States Development Soccer League, an amateur league created by Walter Chyzowych. He spent two seasons with the Carolina Crunch in this league. In 1997, his amateur team played against the Carolina Dynamo of the A-League. Hackworth shut down Stern John. As a result, the Dynamo signed him for the rest of the season. Hackworth spent most of the season as a reserve, but played one game as the Dynamo finished runner-up in the championship.[2][3]


By the time Hackworth retired from playing in 1997, he had already spent several years coaching. In 1993, Wake Forest University hired Hackworth as an assistant coach with the women's soccer team. In 1994, he became an assistant with the men's team. In 1998, the University of South Florida hired Hackworth head coach. During his four-year tenure, he took the team to two NCCA tournament appearances and compiled a 47-32-2 record.[4] In 2002, Hackworth became an assistant to United States U-17 men's national soccer team coach John Ellinger.[5] In 2004, when Ellinger left to become head coach at Real Salt Lake, Hackworth moved up to become head coach. He coached the team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005 and 2007. On November 9, 2009, Hackworth was hired by the expansion MLS Philadelphia Union as a Coach and Youth Development Coordinator.

On June 13, 2012, he was announced as the Philadelphia Union's new interim coach and was given the title permanently on August 30. On June 10, 2014, he was relieved of his duties as team manager.

Managerial statistics[edit]


Team From To Record
G W L D Win %
Philadelphia Union 2012 2014 57 20 23 14 35.09
Total 57 20 23 14 35.09

Updated on June 10, 2014.