Paul Babba enters his second season as the Head Coach of the Bryan Lions Women’s Soccer Program and is just the third head women's soccer coach since women's soccer became a NAIA Sport at Bryan in fall of 1997.
In his season debut, Babba helped the Lions to an incredible feat, battling their way to a 10-10-2 overall mark, which is the winningest season in recorded history. The team kept the momentum alive as the year came to a close, knocking off top-seeded teams in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, before claiming the Runner-Up title.
The Numan, Nigeria native, comes to Bryan after five years as the Head Coach at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the professional, collegiate, and international levels to the Women's Soccer Program at Bryan.
While at Delta State, Babba implemented a strong defensive and possession position on the pitch, leading the Lady Statesmen to seeing their lowest goals against average in the history of the program. He also emphasized the pursuit of excellence off the field as the Lady Statesmen were a fixture in DSU's community service competition, The Champs Cup, where they were recognized for their academic commitments.
Prior to his time at Delta State, Babba served for four seasons as the assistant coach to Head Coach Darryl Longabaugh at Mississippi College. He spent the majority of the time focusing on the forwards and midfielders. He helped guide the Lady Choctaws in many successful seasons, producing a great amount of All-ASC performers.
Deeply passionate about teaching soccer to the youth of Mississippi, Babba has served as a club coach with the Mississippi Fire Juniors since June 2010, and he previously held the post of director of coaching at the Brandon Soccer League.
His accomplishments in soccer started during his collegiate playing career, and as a four-year starter at Belhaven College he finished his career as the Blazer's second all-time leading scorer with 37 total goals. Over a three-year period, he was an offensive threat, compiling 18 assists and 92 points.
His outstanding collegiate career opened the door for Babba to compete at the next level, playing two seasons with Mississippi Brilla FC, a team in the Professional Development League.
While at Belhaven College, he studied sports administration, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2007. He continued his education, receiving his master's in intercollegiate athletic administration from Mississippi College in 2010.
He has earned a Class "B" license and a National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation.
Paul and his wife Laura, along with their three children, currently reside in Dayton, Tenn.
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.
Kerri Butler is new to the Bryan College Women's Soccer Coaching Staff as of May 2017 and will be entering the 2017-18 season as her first year with the Lions.
A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Butler comes to Bryan after serving as an assistant coach with NCAA Div. I and Mid-American Conference school, University of Akron (Ohio) Women's Soccer Team, and helped the Lady Zips in 2015-16 to their best start in a season since 2008, first MAC tournament appearance since 2011, and first-ever appearance in the MAC Tournament Semifinals.
Prior to Akron, Butler called NCAA Div. II Slippery Rock University (Penn.) her home where she performed the duties of a graduate assistant during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. But her passion for the sport truly revealed itself at NCAA Div. I powerhouse, West Virginia University, where she competed in her undergraduate career for the Mountaineers and earned a spot in both the NCAA and West Virginia University's record books. Her 44 shutouts compiled during her career while wearing old gold and blue is the 7th-highest in NCAA history and the best by any Mountaineer. She also holds the record at West Virginia for career goals-against average (0.67) and single-season shutouts (14). With Butler between the posts for the West Virginia, the Mountaineers took the BIG EAST Conference crown in 2007 and 2010 before switching over to the BIG 12 Conference where they also were named conference champions, while also seeing the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Her performance on the pitch earned her All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team, BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Soccer Buzz All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, and NSCAA All-Region honors.
In 2012, Butler received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia in exercise physiology. Instead of moving on directly after graduation, she chose to keep the high reputation alive of Mountaineer's goalies by mentoring the women's soccer keepers for two years, as well as, pass on her knowledge to participants of the West Virginia United Soccer Club and West Virginia Women's Soccer summer camps.
Her playing career was far from over following her time as a Mountaineer as she gained attention at an Atlanta Beat open tryout, giving way to her first action in Women's Professional Soccer. Her extensive playing career also includes being a part of D.C. United Women's Soccer's inaugural season, which is a member of the W-League, the second tier of Women's Professional Soccer in the United States and Canada.
Along with coaching at Bryan, she will be guarding the goal for the Chattanooga Football Club, which is a Southeast Division member of the National Premier Soccer League, and serving as a CFC Academy Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer.
Butler received a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Slippery Rock in 2015 and owns both an NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeper License and USSF "F" License. She is registered to take the USSF "E" License this month. Another goal of hers is to complete both the USSF "D" License and bump her NSCAA Goalkeeper License to Level 2 this summer.
Kerri currently resides in Chattanooga, Tenn.