Taylor Carnahan enters his second season at the helm of the Central Baptist College Mustang men’s soccer team. He returns 10 players from last year’s team that finished 2-14 overall and 1-10 in the American Midwest Conference.
Three players, Nestor Moguel, Callum Morris and Travis Owen, were named AMC all-conference honorable mention and Cory Ballew was selected to the Champions of Character team. The team also finished with a 2.8 GPA for the 2016-17 year
Prior to being named the head coach, Carnahan served as an assistant coach for a team that went 5-9-2 in 2015. In 2014, Carnahan was a student assistant on a team that finished 10-7-2 and made it to the NCCAA Regional final.
Carnahan, originally from Russellville, Ark., graduated from CBC in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-exercise science. He played three seasons for the Mustangs before turning to coaching.
He is currently on staff of the Arkansas United Soccer Club and has served as an academy trainer. He resides in Conway with his wife, Katy and daughter Mackenzie.
THE CARNAHAN FILE:
Season School Pos. Record
2014 Central Baptist College Student Asst. -
2015 Central Baptist College Assistant Coach -
2016-pres. Central Baptist College Head Coach 2-14 (1-10 AMC)
Overall (1 year): 2-14 (1-10 AMC)
After graduating from UCA with a B.S. in Psychology, Chris began coaching at the youth club level with Little Rock Futbol Club (Now Arkansas United). After several seasons with LRFC he began enrollment in a Master’s program in pursuit of a MS degree Sport Psychology. From 2012, while studying for his Master’s, and coaching multiple teams at the club level, Chris began coaching at the University of Central Arkansas as an assistant coach, responsible for goalkeeper training. After two years coaching with UCA and shortly following the completion of his MS degree, Chris stepped away from coaching to serve as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer and in July, 2014 he relocated to the Philippines. During the course of his Peace Corps Service, Chris worked with at risk youth, facilitating leadership seminars, livelihood development sessions, and capacity building projects in an effort to support youth livelihood. Additionally, Chris was elected president of the Volunteer Advisory Committee, whose role is to work directly with senior staff toward improving volunteer successfulness.
Chris played goalkeeper for four years at the University of Central Arkansas, and one season with PDL team, Joplin Demize. He has a USSF B license, State Goalkeeper accreditation, and National Youth License.
Ben Gipson begins his first season as the director of soccer operations for CBC. Gipson was a student at CBC and played on the soccer team.
In addition to his duties in soccer, Gipson will also hold the roll of Athletic Personal Admissions Officer and will be responsible for giving campus tours to future athletes of CBC.
Gipson graduated from CBC in 2017 with a Biblical Studies degree and a minor in Business Administration.
Josh Reed began his tenure as a student assistant for the soccer teams at CBC in the Spring of 2017. Reed is no stranger to CBC, having played soccer for the Mustangs from 2013-2016.
Reed, from Sheffield, England, began his coaching career while still enrolled at CBC in 2016 as an Academy Lead for the Arkansas United Club Soccer program in Conway.
His playing career spans all the way back to 2008, when he began a three-year stint playing for his hometown Sheffield United in the youth system. He also spent the summer of 2016 playing for the LIttle Rock Rangers Soccer Club.