Jon Atkinson is in his 12th year at Longwood University during 2014-15, and in his 10th year as head coach following his appointment in February 2005 with a nine-year overall record of 58-86-29, including 40-27-15 at home. He previously served as an assistant coach since 2003 after spending time in the professional ranks playing with premiership outfit Sunderland and Darlington FC, managing 18 appearances for the Quakers before coming to the United States. Due to a career-ending injury, Atkinson turned his hand to coaching while gaining his FA Badge during his time with the Black Cats. He currently holds US Soccer Coaching A License, and serves on the Board of Directors for the local Thunder FC club soccer program.