Drew Courtney begins his third season as the Head Coach of the Bryan College Men's Soccer Program.
Courtney is returning as the AAC Coach of the Year. He led the 2015 team to a conference championship going undefeated in conference play in his second season.
Courtney is also the Head Coach for the Chattanooga Football Club Women's team, which compete in the Women's Premier Soccer League during the summer months.
Coach Courtney joined the Lions after spending the previous 3 seasons at Covenant College where he served as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Bryan College Athletic Director, Taylor Hasty, had this to say about the hire: “I am excited about the future of our Men’s Soccer Program under Coach Courtney! He will be a great fit for us here at Bryan and do a great job not only as a soccer coach but also as the mentor for the young men in our program. The soccer program here at Bryan has historically been very strong under the leadership of two great coaches and I am excited to watch it continue under the leadership of Drew Courtney.”
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Courtney graduated from Chattanooga Christian School in 2004 before attending NCAA Division II Lander University in South Carolina to play soccer. A four-year starting mid-fielder for the Bearcats, Courtney helped lead the team to three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including appearances in the elite eight and sweet sixteen.
Following his graduation from Lander with a bachelor’s degree, Courtney received the opportunity to play out west for the Southern California Seahorses of the Premier Development League (PDL). Courtney played one season there before moving back east for stints with the Mississippi Brilla of the PDL and the Chattanooga Football Club of the National Premier Soccer League. He competed with the CFC through the summer of 2011 before retiring as a professional player.
Courtney began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi), in the fall of 2009. The Blazers went 26-6-5 in Courtney’s two seasons there and earned a trip to the NAIA national tournament in 2010.
Following his time with Belhaven, Courtney became the top assistant at Covenant College in 2011 where he served for three seasons. During his time at Covenant, Courtney helped oversee the program’s transition into full NCAA III competition and developed a competitive Junior Varsity program.
Courtney also coached the Mississippi Brilla for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Brilla are members of the Premier Development League. Over 450 players in MLS or USL first played in the PDL, including players from Courtney's teams.
Courtney had this to say about his transition just up Highway 27 to Bryan: "I am thankful to Taylor and the Administration for their trust in me to lead the men's soccer program. Coach Johnson and Coach Zensen have set a high standard both on the field and off of it. I am honored to follow such great men, and lead a program with such great tradition."
Courtney resides in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Cassie and daughter, Collins.
John Carrier is new to the Bryan College Athletics Staff as of April 2017 and will be serving as the Assistant Coach of the Men's Soccer Program.
The previous Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldog has converted to a Bryan Lion, and will be bringing a plethora of knowledge and experience to the Hill. Carrier starred as a player at Tennessee Wesleyan, helping turn a program around as the team reached the national tournament for the first time in more than 10 years. Carrier was a four-time all-conference 1st team selection, leading the Bulldogs to a pair of conference championships. A three-time NAIA All-East Region selection and Wesleyan player of the year, he led TWC in assists each of his four seasons and ranked in the top five in the country in assists in 2012. Carrier was also selected to the AAC all-tournament team and earned conference offensive player of the week honors.
Carrier played for Bridges FC in Chicago, Ill. his freshman year and currently competes with the Chattanooga FC since joining in 2013. A fan favorite, Carrier helped the team to three conference titles, two region championships, and two appearances in the national finals.
Prior to coming to Dayton, Carrier served as an assistant coach at Huntingdon College (Ala.) for one season before going to the University of Alabama Huntsville where he continued coaching from the assistant position for three years. Carrier helped UAH to a 10-6 mark in 2015, including a strong 7-1 streak at Charger Park and a second-place finish in the regular season with a 7-2 record in conference play. Under Carrier's mentorship, the team featured three all-region performers and six all-GSC selections.
In Carrier's first season with the Chargers, they posted an impressive 13-4-2 overall record and a perfect 8-0 record at home – while appearing in the national polls for the first time since the 1997 season that saw a 7-1 start to the season. Recognition of the team's notable play, UAH featured a conference-best seven all-GSC selections.
Carrier's soccer skills were sharpened during his youth in England when he attended the academy at Norwich City FC.
Carrier received his bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Tennessee Wesleyan and master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Huntsville.
"We are excited to welcome John to the Bryan soccer family," said Coach Courtney. "John brings a lot of experience as both a coach and player that will greatly benefit our program. I look forward to working with John and know he will do an excellent job of coaching and mentoring our young men. "
Daniel Branley enters his second season as an Assistant Coach of the Bryan Lions Women's Soccer team and third season as an Assistant Coach for the Men's Soccer team.
Following his senior year after graduating from Bryan College, Branley joined the men’s soccer coaching staff at Bryan for the 2015-16 season. In his first year, he assisted Head Coach Drew Courtney in helping guide the team to an overall record of 13-5-2 and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship. Last year, the men's soccer team pieced together one of their most successful seasons in program history, battling their way to a 16-3-3 overall record, while going 3-2-2 versus top-25 opponents and topping a trio of schools that were receiving votes. Bryan earned their fourth appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. The Lions ranked nationally in a myriad of stats, had three players recognized as NAIA All-Americans, and six earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In his first year aiding the Lady Lions last season, it was also the first year with Head Coach Paul Babba at the helm. The women's soccer team saw their winningest season in recorded history with an overall record of 10-10-2 and 5-5 mark in conference play, while also finishing as Runner-Up in the AAC Tournament.
Branley has also had a chance to develop his coaching skills at the youth level by working at Middle Valley Soccer Association in Chattanooga, Tenn. He is currently helping coach youth soccer for the Chattanooga Football Club Academy.
Prior to playing at Bryan, Branley competed for professional academies in England. While at Bryan, Branley earned many individual playing accolades as a part of the Bryan Lions Men's Soccer Program; AAC Regular Season MVP, NAIA All-East Region 1st Team , AAC Tournament MVP, AAC Offensive Player of the Year, and multiple AAC Player of the Week awards.
In his junior year, he finished the season ranked #1 in the nation for game winning goals and received All-American honors. Daniel was part of the 2013 AAC regular season and tournament championship winning side.
Branley holds the NSCAA National Diploma and USSF National D license and is currently working towards the C license. He's also furthering his education by studying for his master's degree in Sports Management through Bryan.
Daniel currently resides in Dayton, Tenn.