Co-President, Director of Coach and Player Development, and Headcoach
Coach Jonathan Garbar has been involved in the game of soccer since the age of five. Growing up in New Jersey, and Colombia, South America, soccer was as much a cultural experience as it was an athletic one for him.
Jonathan Garbar wrapped up his second season as the head coach of Franklin Pierce University women's soccer program in 2018 . Through two seasons at the helm in Rindge, Garbar has posted a 28-7-4 record (.769 winning percentage) over 39 games.
The 2018 season saw the Ravens continue their climb back to national prominence. Franklin Pierce earned the Northeast-10 Conference title, its first since 2006. The Ravens returned to NCAA Championship play to Rindge as well, as they hosted the first and second rounds of the East Regional at Sodexo Field. The crimson and grey notched their first win in NCAA postseason play since 2009. It all added up to a 16-2-2 record for the Ravens, which included an 11-1-2 mark in league play on the way to the NE10 regular-season crown. Franklin Pierce finished the season ranked No. 20 in the country in the United Soccer Coaches poll, after reaching as high as No. 7 during the season. Through Coach Jon first two seasons in Rindge, the Ravens posted a 20-2-1 record at home, over 23 games on Sodexo Field.
The accolades were a plenty at the end of Coach Jon’s sophomore season at the helm of the squad, highlighted by a trio of All American selections. A total of four players collected All-East Region accolades as well (the most of any team in the NE-10 conference). The campaign also produced a bevy of NE10 awards for the Ravens, led by three major league awards. Coach Jon was selected as the NE10 Coach of the Year, and was the first coach in program history to earn the honor. His team also produced the NE10 Player of the Year in Marques and the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year in Turmo. In all, the Ravens had six players earn All-NE10 honors (tied for most in the Conference).
In only his first season, he led the Ravens to their most successful season since 2010. Their first season included making a run all the way to the Conference Championship, and earning their place in the NCAA National Tournament. Once again demonstrating his capacity to develop players, the Ravens boasted 4 players named to the All Conference First Team, as well as the prestigious NCAA All Regional Team. Additionally, his Program capped their first season with an overall team GPA of a 3.6, top 2 among 25 teams at the University.
Before signing on with Franklin Pierce University, Coach Jon served as the Director of Soccer and Player Development at Asphalt Green Soccer Club in Manhattan, New York overseeing all elements of the Club’s on and off the field development. Furthermore, he served as an assistant coach with the Women's Puerto Rican National Team during 2017-2018, His roles and responsibilities included player development and scouting in the north east region.
Prior to his NCAA, National Team and Club Soccer role, Coach Jon served as the Head Coach of Monroe College (2012-2016), an NJCAA D1 participant. Monroe College became a Division 1 program the same year Coach Jon began his Monroe career. During that time, he put together one of the nation's top women's collegiate soccer programs. Under his tutelage, the Mustangs were 2013, 2014, 2015 Region and District Champions, and 2014 National Champions, while enjoying an overall team GPA of 3.5. The following year brought continued success with the Mustangs closing the 2015 season as National Semi Finalists.
In only five seasons, he developed 9 NSCAA All-Americans, including the 2014 NSCAA National College Player of the Year, and was named 2014 NSCAA National Coach of the Year and 2015 Northeast District Coach of the Year. His overall record as the Head Coach of the Mustangs, stands at 72-7-4. It was during the the winter of his successful 2014 season, that he began the strategic planning and creation of New Era Girl’s Soccer. From it’s humble beginnings, to the expansive and respected Program offerings (Winter Academies, After School Programs, Residential Summer Camp), it bodes today, Coach Garbar and his elite staff have been able to impact a significant number of young, female players in the region.
During his time in the NJCAA, Coach Garbar and his staff graduated and successfully promoted over 30 student athletes to NCAA and NAIA institutions from all across the nation. In fact, they promoted more student athletes than any other NJCAA program in the nation, during their five-year campaign. In addition, he has developed 7 former players into young coaches, both domestically and abroad. Additionally, he and his staff have worked with players from a variety of states, and countries around the world including: England, Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, France, Germany, Australia and Croatia.
His first experience as a Head Coach began at Benjamin Banneker Academy, in New York City, where he coached the men’s and women’s program for three seasons. The women’s program went undefeated and were two-time division champions winning in both the ‘A,’ and ‘B’ divisions. The men’s program went on to enjoy its best record in school history and most importantly, graduated every student athlete. After his time at Benjamin Banneker Academy, he came on board as the Men's First Assistant at Monroe College where he was part of a successful three -year run with two National Finals appearances (the first in team's history).
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware, Coach Jon moved to New York City to pursue a career in education and athletics. He was an elementary school teacher in New Jersey and Brooklyn, NY for seven years. After being accepted into the Teaching Fellows Programs, and earning his Master’s Degree in Education from Pace University in 2007, he decided to make coaching his career. A passionate and committed student of the game, Coach Jon believes in the development of the total student-athlete. Through the implementation of sports psychology, innovative athletic training methods, creative cognitive development, and a "process first" approach, Coach Jon and his staff have set the standard for the development of the modern youth and college player. Coach Jon, holds an NSCAA Regional, National, Advanced National, and Premier License. Furthermore, he is fluent in both the Spanish and Portuguese language.