Mark Essary played in North Texas for the Texas Longhorns and Andromeda during his youth soccer career. He was given the Golden Glove Award in 2007, and his team won the USYS National Championship in 2007 and 2008. Essay went on to play college ball at Easter Illinois University his freshman year, he transferred to Midwestern State University going into his sophomore year. He ended his college career at Texas Tech University, where he focused on his education, earning a degree in Energy Commerce through the Rawls College of Business. He has been coaching with the Texas Spurs since 2015, and looks forward to continuing his coaching education and coaching career with the Texas Spurs.