Joey Johnson enters his second season as head coach of the men's soccer program. In his first season at the helm of the program, Bryan posted a record of 12-4-2 (6-1-1 AAC) and rose in the NAIA National Polls to a #15 national ranking. Bryan had 8 players recognized with AAC All-Conference honors and placed 4 players on the NSCAA NAIA All-Region 1st team. Coach Johnson was named 2012 AAC Coach of the Year and 2012 NSCAA NAIA-East Region Coach of the Year.
Coach Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the BC program as both a veteran coach and former professional player. Johnson comes to Bryan from UNC Wilmington (NCAA D-1) where he served on the coaching staff with the men's program for the 2011 season. He also served as an assistant coach with the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) for the 2011 campaign. In 2010, Johnson spent six months with the most historic professional club in the Peruvian 1st Division - Club Alianza Lima, while living in Peru developing a vision for an indigenous coaching network among Amazonian tribal people
From 2006 to 2009, Coach Johnson served as the Associate Head Coach at Bryan with the men's program. In that span of four seasons, the Lions compiled 47 wins, 2 AAC Conference titles, and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history. The Lions finished ranked in the Top 10 NSCAA NCCAA D-1 Final National Poll on two occasions.
Coach Johnson served as an assistant coach professionally with London City FC in 2006. In addition, he was also an assistant to both the men's and women's programs of Southern Wesleyan University (2001-2004) and Milligan College (1997-2000), winning five conference championships and advancing to one national championship final (SWU, 2003, NCCAA D-1). In 1996, Johnson began his collegiate coaching career at Bryan, helping the Lions to their first TVAC Conference championship.
Coach Johnson holds a USSF A License and an NSCAA Premier diploma.
As a collegiate player, Johnson played at both Bryan College and Liberty University. Throughout his career, Johnson was the leading scorer for both institutions while helping Liberty to the Big South Conference Championship game in 1994 and garnering Big South All-Conference (2) and All-Tournament honors in 1995.
Coach Johnson played seven years professionally in South America, the U.S.A., and Canada. He played for Aurora FC, Real Santa Cruz, Myrtle Beach SeaDawgs, Charlotte Eagles, Wilmington Hammerheads, and London City F.C. A few highlights include helping the highly respected Charlotte Eagles to their first USL National Championship in 2000; and winning a USL National Championship with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2003. While playing as a professional, Johnson represented his clubs on five continents, experiencing the world's beautiful cultures through the gift of friendship that the game of soccer so quickly provides.
Coach Johnson earned his B.S. in History from Liberty University in 1996. Coach Johnson and his wife, Suzanne, live in Dayton with their two sons, Oakley and Duncan.
Jordan Mattheiss is going into his 6th season as the Head Goalkeeper Coach for the Bryan College men's soccer team. He is in charge of the technical training of the goalkeepers. Coach Mattheiss holds a National Soccer Coaches Association Goalkeeping Level III Diploma.
Head Coach Joey Johnson said, "We are fortunate to have Coach Mattheiss working with our men's soccer program. His experience, work ethic, and professionalism have made him an instrumental key to our success. His passion for the development of our goalkeepers is undeniable and his investment in their lives does not end when they step away from the training ground."
Coach Mattheiss played his collegiate goalkeeping career at Bryan, 2001-2004, for former Head Coach Dr. Sandy Zensen. While at Bryan he received a B.S. Degree in Mathematics (Secondary Education).
Before coming to Bryan he was a high school and middle school coach and teacher at Grace Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he graduated from high school.
Coach Mattheiss currently resides in Ooltewah, Tenn.
Nathan Adams is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program. He graduated from Bryan with a degree in Communications this past spring. Adams attended Bryan for two years, but was only able to play this past season after suffering a knee injuring his first year. In his one season, he led the team in scoring, was selected Team Captain, and was named to the AAC All-Conference 2nd Team and AAC All-Tournament Team. Adams played this summer for the Chattanooga Football Club, who won the National Premier Soccer League Southeast title.
Adams stated, “I am honored to have been asked to be part of the coaching staff. I understand the unique challenge of coming straight out of college to coaching the same team that I played for. I look forward to transferring my knowledge of the sport into coaching and teaching to help the players on the team continue their development. I love learning, and I think that this is going to be a great opportunity to learn from the paradigm of coaching.”
Head Coach Joey Johnson said, “"I am excited to welcome Nate into this new role within the program. He has earned the respect of the players, staff and community and is a fantastic addition to our staff. He is a gifted young man with incredible potential to impact lives positively through the game of soccer."
Adams was recruited and played two seasons for West Virginia University before transferring to Bryan College. Over the years, he has spent time playing overseas in Holland, Germany, Argentina, and Brazil. In Brazil, he trained and played with FC Corinthians for an extended time of 7 months. In high school, he represented his state by playing for the ODP team, while being named captain. Adams furthered his ODP experience as he was called to Regional Camp. Over the years he has won 4 national titles, at both the club and the highest amateur levels, and 2 state cups.