James Armstrong joined the Auburn program as an assistant coach on March 13, 2013. Armstrong comes from the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas.
Armstrong works primarily with Auburn’s midfielders and forwards. Since his arrival, Auburn has seen quite the influx of offensive output. In 2014, the Tigers scored 36 goals from 12 different players. Nine of those players had multi-goal seasons with departing senior Tori Ball leading the way with five goals. The 36 goals was tied for the sixth-best total in the conference .
Combined in 2013 and 2014, Auburn has scored 63 times, joined with 213 points. The 36 goals and 118 points were the most for Auburn since the 2011 season.
He had been at Lonestar SC since its inception in 2004, progressing through the ranks and coaching at all levels of play. At Lonestar SC he was the Girls Junior Academy Director of Coaching for three years, the Girls DI Director of Coaching for three years and most recently the ECNL Head Coach and Premier League Girls Director of Coaching.
In 2012, Armstrong was the assistant coach for Concordia University Texas Tornados. He has also been a ODP Region III coach for girls ages 14-18.
Prior to working with the Lonestar SC and ODP, Armstrong was also a staff member for the United States Women’s National Team. He worked with the U-19 U.S. Women’s World Cup team that won the championship in 2002, where Hoppa was also an assistant coach, as well as the senior national team which placed third at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Armstrong earned a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and a master’s in the same disciplines in 2001. He has a USSF A License and a National Youth License. James and wife Casey live in Auburn and have been married for the last two years.