Boys’ Coaching Staff – Head Coach Brett Godwin, Assistant Coaches Geoff Warta & Christin Funderburk
Girls’ Coaching Staff – Head Coach Jen Barr, Assistant Coaches Josh Jordan, Donovan Hollis & Brittany Rhodes
Goalkeeper Coach – Taylor Erickson
Coach Brett Godwin is entering his second year as head coach of the Boys’ Varsity soccer program at Denmark High School, and fifth overall as a Varsity head coach. In 2019, he helped Denmark kick off their inaugural season in program history with a 5-11-1 record, including 1-5 in region play. Under Godwin’s leadership, Denmark had 5 players named to the All-Region Team with 2 of those being named to the 1st team. The Danes also had 3 players named to the All-County 2nd Team, including the only freshman to be named on the All-County Team.
Prior to Denmark, Godwin spent three years as the Boys’ Varsity head coach at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, GA. In his time there, Godwin led the boys to a record of 31-21-2 with three straight playoff appearances, including a region championship in 2016 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017. Mill Creek had 15 players named to the All-Region Team with 8 of those being named to the 1st Team, 4 players named to the All-County Team, and 1 player named both County Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-American by Top Drawer Soccer. 11 players who have played under Godwin have earned soccer scholarships to play at the collegiate level.
Outside of the high school game, Godwin coaches club soccer at Atlanta Fire United in their youth academy. Godwin currently holds his USSF “C” License for coaching.
Godwin is a native of Suwanee, Georgia where he graduated from Lambert High School and was a captain on their inaugural soccer teams in 2010 and 2011. He played Division One soccer at Presbyterian College as a 3 year starter, and also played 2 years for the Georgia Revolution in the NPSL. Godwin graduated from Presbyterian College with a major in Business Management and a minor in Athletic Coaching.
Coach Jen Barr has been teaching and coaching for 18 years. Her career started in 2000 at Centennial high school where she was the girls’ Junior varsity soccer coach and varsity assistant. In 2005, she accepted the Head Women’s varsity soccer position at Northview High School in Johns Creek. It was there, that Barr helped put Northview soccer on the map by leading the team and school to its first ever playoff berth in 2009. Barr would then make the playoffs for seven consecutive years, leading her team to two state title games, one in 2010 & the other in 2012, as well as the sweet sixteen, and to the Elite eight two times.
Coach Barr holds her Coerver national youth diploma in soccer, coached club soccer for Atlanta Fire United, was selected to coach the Ashlyn Harris (USWNT Goalkeeper) soccer Procamp, and was selected to coach the Georgia High School Di-Varsity All-Star soccer game in 2010 & 2012. In 2013, Jen along with 23 other soccer players went to the Dominican Republic and traveled to several villages to teach the game of soccer and hand out retired uniforms, bags, and balls. Her girls competed against several organized teams while on the island and had the pleasure of playing against the Dominican Republic women’s national team.
Coach Barr went to Valdosta state University for her undergraduate degrees. She holds both a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Cardiac Rehabilitation & a Bachelor’s of Science in secondary education. In 2012, she finished her Masters from the University of Alabama focusing her degree on disease prevention. She teaches Physical Education, and is looking forward to building the soccer program at Denmark and cultivating the whole athlete.
Coach Geoff Warta is in his second year as Boys’ Varsity Assistant for Denmark High School. Prior to Denmark, Warta spent 3 years at Lambert High School during the first years of its program including 2 years as the Varsity Boys’ Assistant and 1 year as the JV Boys’ head coach. Warta’s time at Lambert HS concluded at the end of the 2012 season helping Lambert to a 23-0 record and the programs first State Championship. He has also coached several youth teams over the years since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1998. Warta also holds a USSF “D” License.
Warta played for four years at the division one collegiate level in the West Coast Conference for Saint Mary’s College of California as a midfielder and defenseman. Warta’s achievements as a player at La Salle High School included being a 2 year Captain, 3 first team All-Conference selections, 2 first team All-State selections and runner up for Player of the Year in the State of Oregon in 1994. He also lead his team to two State Championship games and finished his Senior season with 19 goals and 11 assistant as a defensive midfielder.
Coach Warta has lived in Cumming, GA since 2004 and is married with 3 children.
Coach Josh Jordan has been coaching soccer for the last seven years. In his seven years at Northview High School, he helped the Varsity Girls Soccer Program reach the playoffs for four consecutive years. Of these four years, the girls reached the final four one year and the elite eight another.
Coach Jordan is a passionate student of the sport and is constantly striving to make himself, as well as everyone else around him, better. Coach Jordan believes in helping student-athletes find balance between academics and athletics and strives to enable them in developing personal discipline and accountability.
His primary goal is to help young student-athletes reach their full potential and become strong, good people, and he believes soccer and being a part of a team is an excellent way to achieve these goals.
Coach Christin Funderburk
Coach Donovan Hollis grew up in Valley, AL and graduated from Valley High School in 2004. He played travel ball growing up and was a member of the varsity soccer team at Valley High School for all four years of high school. Coach Hollis attended Auburn University for undergraduate and graduate school and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Social Science Education in 2009 and a Master’s in School Counseling in 2012. While at Auburn he participated in the intramural soccer program.
Coach Hollis has been a professional school counselor and soccer coach at West Forsyth High School for the past 2 years. He is looking forward to the opportunity to help build a this new program, loves the game of soccer, and considers himself lucky to have this chance to share the love of the game and lessons that can be learned through it with students.
Coach Brittany Rhodes – I teach Honors World History and US History at Denmark High School. I also teach AP Psychology for Forsyth Virtual Academy. After graduating from Harrison High School, I went on to Auburn University, graduating in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Science Education. I am currently working on master’s in Advanced Curriculum and Instruction through Georgia Southern University. I have lived in six states, visited 34, and have explored 21 countries. My husband and I live in Woodstock with our puppies, Rhett and Waldo.
I’ve played soccer since I was six years old, starting with rec and working my way up to club. I’ve played every position on the field, but prefer center mid or defense. I played for my high school team in McKinney, TX before moving to Kennesaw, GA, where I played and refereed for the Kennesaw Futbol Club. Since then, I play soccer every chance I get. I’ve coached a variety of ages, and my first high school coaching position was in 2013 at Northview High School in Dothan, AL. Upon moving to Forsyth, I coached volleyball until a soccer position became available. I am so excited to be back in the sport I love building a new program and learning from phenomenal coaches.
Coach Taylor Erickson went to Northview High School and graduated in 2012 under the coaching of Jen Barr. She was a varsity captain her junior and senior year and played in two state championship games in 2010 and 2012. She was chosen to be on the All-State Varsity Team in 2012. Taylor then went on to play D2 soccer at Young Harris College in North Georgia for two years where she was named team captain her sophomore year. She transferred to Western Carolina to pursue D1 soccer. Taylor transferred once again to focus more on school at the University of Georgia and majored in Business Management at the Terry School of Business. Upon graduating she coached with Jen Barr at Northview for her final season and then followed her to Denmark to continue her coaching career.
She works full time at her family business as an Event Producer at Wits’ End Productions which coordinates corporate meetings and events all over the country.