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Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach

Ryan Swan Moves from Drury to Northern Illinois

Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach
Ryan Swan, Drury Panther Men’s Coach
Drury University men’s soccer head coach Ryan Swan will step down to accept the head coaching job at Northern Illinois University, an NCAA-I program in DeKalb, Illinois.

Swan has been the Panthers head coach for eight seasons and compiled a record of 106-47-8 (.658) during his tenure at Drury. He led the Panthers to four NCAA-II tournament appearances and the 2009 Great Lakes Valley Conference championship as part of a 21-2 season. Swan was named the GLVC Coach of the Year that season in addition to being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He leaves as Drury’s all-time leader in career coaching wins for men’s soccer.

“Coach Swan’s teams had success both on and off the field,” said Drury University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Mark Fisher. “We are sad to see him go but at the same time, we’re happy for him, his wife Courtney and his family to have this opportunity. We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to Drury Athletics and wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Last fall, Swan’s team finished the year ranked 20th in NCAA-II. The Panthers went 13-4-4 and advanced to the national tournament round of 16 where they lost on penalty kicks to Rockhurst.

Swan’s teams were also successful academically throughout his time at Drury. Under Swan, the Panthers earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards for seven straight seasons and, in 2015, men’s soccer posted the best grade point average among Drury men’s sports with a 3.54 GPA. That squad also earned a Team Academic Award from the GLVC and 15 players from that team won All-Academic honors from the conference for having an accumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better.

Swan has coached 31 All-GLVC performers with 15 of those named first team selections. He also had 13 named All-Midwest Region players during his eight seasons leading the Panthers.

A search for Drury’s next men’s soccer head coach will begin immediately.

Pat Atwell, AD at Drury Resigns

Pat Atwell, Drury AD, at soccer match in 2010
Pat Atwell, Drury AD, at soccer match in 2010
Pat Atwell, Drury’s Director of Athletics for the past seven years, has resigned from his position to pursue other interests, the university announced on Tuesday.

Atwell has overseen the DU Athletics department since 2007, after serving in the same capacity at fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Quincy (Ill.) University.

In Atwell’s time at Drury, the Panther squads captured 13 NCAA-II national championships (12 by the swimming programs), and won a GLVC All-Sports Trophy in 2009-10 while finishing in the Top 30 of the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup all-sports competition in each of his seven years, with an 11th-place finish for 2013-14. Continue reading “Pat Atwell, AD at Drury Resigns”

Evangel University Adding Mens and Womens Soccer

Evangel-LOGOVia Evangel Athletics – Evangel University has announced the addition of men’s and women’s soccer to its intercollegiate athletic offerings, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

This will be the first time the university has offered women’s soccer and the first time to offer men’s soccer since the 1974 season. A Men’s Coach will be hired this Fall and a Women’s Coach sometime in 2015.

Evangel will play home matches at the Lake Country Soccer Complex on East Pythian Street in Springfield. Read more at Evangel.edu

Good news as it offers another opportunity for area players. When I last looked at this topic, in 2006 shortly after a $1 million upgrade the athletic facilities at the school, I pointed out that Evangel was the only school in the Heart of America Conference that did NOT offer soccer.

I pointed out in the story that there were nine area players who were playing the game at other HAAC schools, a list that has changed somewhat since then (Jewell and Lindenwood are now D2). I think the same opportunities to attract local players as well as from their core missionary students bode well.

Kindra Lierz, Glendale Falcons

Howard, Lierz and Snow Named to NSCAA All-Region Squad

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team, formerly All-Midwest, for 2014 spring campaign includes eleven players from Missouri. Of the eleven, three come from the Ozark Conference – Nicole Howard of the Rolla Bulldogs, Kindra Lierz of the Glendale Falcons and Whitney Snow of the Camdenton Lakers. Continue reading “Howard, Lierz and Snow Named to NSCAA All-Region Squad”

Springfield SC Coaches

Help Wanted: Director of Coaching and Youth Development

Springfield SC CoachesSpringfield Soccer Club (Springfield, MO) is the premier youth soccer club in Southwest Missouri. We have over 300 players across 25-35 teams. The club competes in leagues locally, across the state in KC and St Louis, the Midwest Regional League (MRL), and tournaments on a state and regional level and at National level where appropriate. Continue reading “Help Wanted: Director of Coaching and Youth Development”