Drew Courtney begins his first season as the head coach of the Bryan College Men's Soccer Program.
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 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."
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 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.
Luke has also had the chance to develop his coaching skills at youth level working at McMinn United in Athens, TN for 3 years, North Georgia United in Rome, GA for a year and most recently Middle Valley Soccer Association in Chattanooga, TN.
Furthermore as a player Luke has been part of the highly successful Chattanooga FC team for the past four summers. Competing in the NPSL Luke has been part of the CFC teams that have won the South East Conference three times, South Region twice and also made the national final twice. Individually named on the 2014 All-NPSL team, Lamar Hunt US open cup player of the second round and leading goal scorer for CFC the past three seasons.