Jao Makor

Makor grew up playing both club and high school soccer in the soccer-rich environment of Monrovia, in the West African country of Liberia.  As an undergraduate, Makor played soccer for Tennessee State University (TSU) and graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Science. He also earned a M.S. in Sports Administration & Sport Sciences from TSU.

Makor holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A" license, an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and International Coaching Diplomas.

Makor has coached youth, college, and amateur teams while also attending coaching seminars and professional training programs. From his vast experiences in soccer, Makor has developed a coaching style and philosophy that has given his players an enjoyable soccer experience, as well as a life-long love for the beautiful game of soccer.

Coach Jao Makor (pronounced jaah-oo mc-coy) was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia.  He graduated from Monrovia’s Wells Hairston High School. Makor developed a love and passion for soccer at an early age, and at age seven, he developed a fierce determination to play professional soccer. Makor grew up playing elementary, middle school, neighborhood and community soccer.

Upon high school graduation, Makor received a full scholarship to be a member of the soccer and track and field teams at Concordia College in Concordia, Minnesota. Unfortunately, he had trouble adjusting to the extreme cold weather in Minnesota, and requested a transfer south. Makor received a full scholarship to attend Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee. He was instrumental in helping TSU establish its first soccer program. During his four years at TSU, Makor was the leading scorer and the first soccer-style Place Kicker for the football team. He earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1982, and by the time he graduated, was a three-year letterman.

At the completion of his college career, Makor signed a football contract with the National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles. When his football career was interrupted in 1989, as the result of an injury, Joe Gilliam, Sr., the Head Football Coach at TSU offered Makor an assistant coaching position. Makor was assigned to special teams, directly under Coach Gilliam, coaching kickers and punters. After Coach Gilliam retired, Makor continued his assistantship under Head Coach L. C. Cole before moving to Fisk University to become Head Soccer Coach. Makor developed the men’s soccer program, and the team was highly competitive and earned state and regional recognition.

Makor has also held the following coaching positions in Metro Nashville Public Schools: Assistant Track Coach at Stratford High; Assistant Football Coach at Pearl Cohn High School under Coach Maurice Fitzgerald; and presently, Makor is serving as an Assistant/Consultant Soccer Coach at Martin Luther King Magnet High School and is Head Soccer Coach at Bellevue Middle School.





National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Coaching Academy



National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Coaching Academy

Makor is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America