Scott Donnelly was hired as Atlanta United 2’s head coach on Jan. 12, 2018. Donnelly brings more than 15 years of coaching experience, working most recently for the United States Soccer Federation. Proficient in English and Spanish, Donnelly holds a U.S. Soccer class “A” coaching license along with the Academy Director License, making him one of a select few coaches in the United States to hold both credentials.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Donnelly held multiple roles with U.S. Soccer since 2011. Most recently, he was the assistant coach of the U-18 Men’s National Team for three years. During that time, he also served as the technical advisor for the Northeast region of the United States, with responsibilities as the region’s chief scout and technical director. Donnelly served on the coaching staff for the U.S. U-17 National Team at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India where three Atlanta United academy products, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin and Justin Garces, played for the U.S. squad which reached the quarterfinals.
Donnelly coached at the collegiate level for more than 10 years, most notably with NCAA Division I programs Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2012-14) and Northern Illinois University (2009-2012). His Division I teams achieved four national rankings in five years while compiling a 62-36-5 overall record. As a college coach, Donnelly developed 15 professional players and five MLS SuperDraft picks since 2014.
Donnelly has a strong track record of developing young players, most notably Chicago Fire’s Matt Polster. Under Donnelly’s tutelage at SIU Edwardsville, Polster was named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was selected with the No.7 pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Polster went on to be an MLS Rookie of the Year Finalist and has been called into U.S. Men’s National Team camp twice. Donnelly has also been influential in developing Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, FC Dallas Homegrown Player Paxton Pomykal and Saint Louis FC forward Christian Volesky.
Scott and his wife Katie live in Atlanta and have one son Cameron.