Professional and Olympic Soccer Star to Assist John Wood Community College Men Soccer Program

Quincy, Illinois - One of the fastest men to play professional soccer plans to speed up the development of John Wood Community College’s men’s soccer team.

Marvell Wynne, a retired Major League Soccer (MLS) star, United States National Team leader and Olympian, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the JWCC Trail Blazers men’s soccer program this fall. 

Wynne was a defender on five United States Men’s National Teams and participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. His professional career included stints with five MLS teams from 2005-2018, including the 2010 MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids. 

Prior being a first selection in the 2005 MLS Super Draft, Wynne played two years for University of California Los Angeles and was named a first-team All-American.  Now in Quincy, Illinois, preparing for his wedding and completing his bachelor’s degree online, Wynne is volunteering his time to support the JWCC men’s program, which was restarted last season after a 25-year hiatus.

“We are beyond excited to have someone of Marvell’s caliber and character to help mold our newly revitalized men’s soccer program,” Brad Hoyt, JWCC athletic director said. “This is an opportunity that not many community college programs or even college players get to have during their career, so you can be sure our guys, women’s players and soccer community in Quincy will be listening and learning every second they get to spend with him.”

Wynne’s decision to support the local community college program connects with his continued volunteer and humanitarian efforts that have paralleled his outstanding professional career. He serves as a motivational speaker, youth coach, and mentor and has volunteered for Special Olympics, National Sports Center for the Disabled and Mount Saint Vincent Home.

John Wood Community College has an enrollment of 1,900 students, serves a nine-county region in West Central Illinois and attracts athletes from nine states and eight foreign countries.  JWCC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Mid West Conference in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, softball and baseball. More information about JWCC’s program is available at or 217.641.4975.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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