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.
Luke graduated from conference rival Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2012 where he received many individual accolades; AAC All-tournament Team, AAC Tournament MVP, AAC All-conference 1st Team, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, AAC Player of the Week, and NAIA All-East Region 1st Team. In his junior year he finished the season ranked #1 in nation for game winning goals, 3rd for goals per game, and 5th for total goals. As a team member Luke was part of the first TWC team to receive its first ever NAIA national ranking. He also won the regular season championship in 2010 and conference tournament in 2012. Luke believes his highest achievement at Tennessee Wesleyan College was receiving the Athletic Directors award for helping turn the soccer program around.
After graduating with a double major in sports management and sports science Luke attended Shorter University as a graduate assistant for the men’s soccer team, where he earned his Masters in Business Administration. Helping the team to a 10-6-2 in 2013, a vast improvement from the 2012 record of 4-13-1. This winning season led Shorter to 3rd place in GSC and 11th nationally in the NCCAA.
Coach Winter Currently holds his USSF National C License, NSCAA National Diploma, FA Level 1 & 2 along with an FA Learning Disability coaching certificate.
Luke has also worked at various youth academies across TN and GA; McMinn United, North Georgia United, Middle Valley Soccer Assication and currently for Chattanooga Football Club Academy
Furthermore as a player Luke has been part of the highly successful Chattanooga FC team for the past six summers. Competing in the NPSL, Luke has been part of the CFC teams that have won the South East Conference five times, South Region four times, and also made the national final three. He was individually named on the 2014 & 2016 All-NPSL XI, 2015 & 2016 All-NPSL Supporters XI, Lamar Hunt US open cup player of the second round, and is the CFC all time leading scorer.
Daniel Branley enters his first season as the primary Assistant Coach of the Bryan Lions Women's Soccer team and second season as an Assistant Coach to 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 and Assistant Coach Luke Winter to help guide the team to an overall record of 13-5-2 and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.
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.
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.
Daniel currently resides in Dayton, Tenn.
Josue Fernandez enters his first season as a Student Assistant with his primary focus being a goalkeeper coach for both the Men's and Women's Varsity Soccer teams and as Assistant Coach for the Men's Player Development Team.