Carton, a native of Bunclody, Co. Wexford, Ireland, began his playing career with hometown club Bunclody AFC. After a stint with Torino Scuola di Calcio in Italy, Carton returned to Ireland to continue his playing career with the Wexford Youths. In May 2003, Carton signed for Bray Wanderers in the Irish Airtricity League. Two seasons with Bray were followed by Carton’s acceptance of an offer to join the Winthrop Eagles, helping the Eagles to a Big South Conference Championship in 2006. In 2008, Carton joined Coach Posipanko’s coaching staff at Winthrop. In his three years on staff, the Eagles won a Regular Season Championship and two Big South Conference Championships. Dave’s education includes a MA in History from Winthrop University, and an MBA in International Sports Management from the Johan Cruyff Institute of Sports Studies. Carton holds a USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning from the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). Qualified and experienced in Strategic Management, Sport Marketing, Financial Management, Event and Facilities Management, and Company Management. Trained in Management of Club Components, Ethical and Legal issues in sport, Developing Club Cultures and the operations of Global Academy Structures. Dave has also completed courses in Speed, Agility, Quickness, and Performance Analysis and Enhancement from the NASM (National Academy for Sports Medicine). Carton has held the head coaching position for FC Carolina Discoveries (NPSL) since 2013, and will be completing his UEFA A Coaching badge in June 2016.