July 2, 2013 (Napa, California) – Jason Wharton will lead Napa Valley College women’s soccer as the program enters its third season of competition this fall. Wharton brings a wealth of coaching experience at the collegiate level including head coaching assignments at Arkansas State University, Feather River College, Cisco Junior College (Texas), Hardin-Simmons University (Texas), and Lane Community College (Oregon).
Jason began his coaching career in Eugene, Oregon, at Lane Community College. He coached both men’s and women’s soccer from 1995-97. He moved to NCAA Division III Hardin-Simmons University in 1997 and compiled a 43-19-2 overall record as the head coach of the women’s soccer before moving to Cisco Junior College in 2000. At Cisco the women’s team went 60-16-3 and won four NJCCA regional titles during his stint. Jason was the head women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division I Arkansas State for three years before moving to California to become the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Feather River College in 2007. While at Feather River, both men’s and women’s teams competed in the Bay Valley Conference and advanced to the Nor-Cal regional playoffs. In 2009 Wharton moved to Sacramento and, most recently, has been the head men’s soccer coach at Kennedy High School. He has also been a sub-group head coach at the Capital Athletic Soccer Academy in Sacramento.
Coach Wharton has a master’s degree in Physical Education and Sports and Recreational Management from Hardin-Simmons University. His master’s thesis title was Title IX, Gender Equity and the Media. He also did master’s work at the University of Oregon after completing his bachelor’s degree at CSU Sacramento. He is a California community college graduate who began his college studies and college level soccer play at Cosumnes River College.Wharton takes over for Brad Williams who directed the NVC women’s team during its first two years. The NVC women’s soccer team begins practice for the fall season on August 15th and will again compete in the Bay Valley Conference. Mendocino College is the defending champion and Solano College also represented the Bay Valley in the regional playoffs last season. The Napa Valley women should once again represent the college well. The team will face a tough non-conference schedule before beginning conference play in late September.