Belmont athletics has announced the hiring of Bryan Green as the fourth head men’s soccer coach in program history.
“We are excited that Bryan has accepted our offer to lead our men’s soccer program,” Director of Athletics Mike Strickland said. “He has succeeded at the highest level of collegiate soccer and garnered the respect of coaching peers and administrators alike. Throughout this process, Bryan’s character and commitment to student-athletes shined through. Bryan embodies the Belmont ideal, and we look forward to a new chapter for the Bruins under his leadership.”
Green has 15 years of college coaching experience, including the past four spent as Associate Head Coach at Drexel University. There, Green helped the Dragons to consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.
The 2012 Drexel program finished with a mark of 12-4-3 and rose to national prominence, climbing as high as No. 22 by Soccer America. The Dragons earned an NCAA Tournament at-large bid – the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in three decades – and a final RPI of 38. This past season, Drexel delivered an encore by earning its first CAA Tournament Championship in program history.
Prior to Drexel, Green spent seven seasons as the top assistant at Big East Conference stalwart West Virginia where he helped direct the Mountaineers to a 71-48-22 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 victories over nationally ranked opponents. In 2006, West Virginia won the Big East Regular Season Championship, earned a No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and finished the campaign No. 9 in the RPI. One year later, the Mountaineers steamrolled to Sweet 16 as the NCAA Tournament overall No. 15 seed.
Green spent three seasons as head coach at Keystone College in La Plume, Penn. The Giants won 27 of their final 35 matches under Green’s watch, including a 2002 NJCAA Region XIX Championship and a No. 2 national ranking.
Green began his career as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University and his alma mater, Elizabethtown College.
Scores of players have benefitted from Green’s tutelage, including current English Premier League and U.S. National Team standout Geoff Cameron, and MLS players Raymon Gaddis and Devon McTavish.
While Green’s leadership of athletic excellence is notable, academic excellence has also been a hallmark of teams throughout Green’s career. Drexel and West Virginia claimed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award six consecutive years with nearly 60 Academic All-Conference honorees.
During his playing days, Green was an All-American at Elizabethtown, leading the Blue Jays to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He went on to play for the South Jersey Barons and Reading Rage in the USL.
A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Green earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Elizabethtown, ’97) and master’s degree in health and physical education (East Stroudsburg, ’00).