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Josh Scott

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ETSU head men’s soccer coach David Casper announced a new addition to the coaching staff on May 2, 2018 as Josh Scott was hired as the program’s full-time assistant coach. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator on Feb. 8, 2019.

Scott is in his second year on Casper’s staff with numerous ties to the East Tennessee region as a coach and player. Prior to ETSU, Scott served as the Associate Head Coach and Pioneer Soccer School Director for four seasons at Tusculum University.

Casper said having someone of Scott’s caliber, local notoriety and experience made him a perfect fit for the ETSU men’s soccer program.

“I’m very excited to add Josh to the staff,” Casper said. “He brings a lot of experience on all levels, and I’m excited to see what he can do on the recruiting trail as someone rooted in Tennessee and overseas. I admire his passion for ETSU and I look forward to working with him on our staff.”

Scott, a native of London, England, has coached at all three NCAA levels as a full-time collegiate coach where 2019 will be his eighth season. In addition to his college coaching experience, Scott has also worked for clubs within the professional organizations of United Soccer Leagues and the National Premier Soccer League where both organizations compete in the top four tiers of US professional soccer.

Scott also worked in youth soccer as a full-time director of coaching and head coach for three years, which gives Scott a 10 year full-time coaching career to date. Scott also has a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene where he has coached and scouted youth players for state, regional and national Olympic development teams, major league soccer academies and youth national teams. Combined with his passion for youth development, Scott’s experience of coaching in over 150 collegiate soccer games while fulfilling a range of positions from assistant coach, associate head coach and interim head coach across all NCAA levels has placed him as one of the most experienced, talented and elite up and coming coaches in the country, where he has recruited and worked with players who have represented their country in U19 European Championships, U17 & U20 World Cups and youth UEFA Champions League campaigns. 

The 2018 season proved to be a positive and nationally-recognized first season for Scott as the Bucs finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the SoCon for a second place finish. The Bucs were ranked as high as No. 18 in the national RPI rankings — the highest in program history — and as high as No. 2 in strength of schedule. 

After placing second in the SoCon and beating 2018 regular season champion Mercer, 2-1, in the last game of the season, the Bucs fell in overtime to Furman in the conference tournament semi-finals. The season proved to be a successful one though as ETSU placed seven players on all-conference teams and led the SoCon in national RPI rankings all season long.

The 2018 schedule proved to be a challenging one as the game schedule saw the Bucs face six opponents that achieved post-season play, including NCAA Sweet 16 participants, Lipscomb University, who the Bucs beat, 3-1, in regular season play. ETSU also faced ACC and C-USA powers UNC, Wake Forest and Kentucky, as all three programs were ranked in the top five nationally in 2018. The Buccaneers ended the 2018 season with a No. 43 national RPI ranking and just missed out on a post-season NCAA at-large bid.

In the Spring of 2019, not only did men’s soccer break records on the field of play during the Fall of 2018 by achieving program bests with RPI and SOS rankings but the Bucs men’s soccer team also achieved the highest semester team GPA in program history of 3.68 and also the highest yearly average team GPA in program history of 3.564. This wrapped up a very successful 2018-2019 year for Scott and the Bucs.

Prior to ETSU, While at Tusculum, Scott as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator helped lead the Pioneers to a 34-26-11 record and a 22-12-7 mark in South Atlantic Conference play in two separate stints in 2011 and 2015-17. Under his watch, Tusculum earned two 2nd place league finishes, a SAC tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament while earning regional and national top-10 rankings along the way while knocking off nationally ranked opponents each year. Scott’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes at Tusculum won two SAC championships and had two automatic bids to the NCAA national championships in 3 seasons {2016, 2018}, his recruiting ability and eye for talent placed Tusculum among NCAA DII’s elite.

Prior to Tusculum, Scott was previously at Division I Member Longwood University. While at the Big South Conference school, Scott served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator and was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the program, Longwood was in a rebuilding year in 2014 after coming off a memorable 2013 season where head coach “Jon Atkinson” was Big South Conference coach of the year, Longwood ended the 2014 season 4-14-1 while taking on nationally ranked programs along the way. At Longwood Scott implemented the Lancers Path2College Academy that produced record breaking numbers for camp and clinic attendance in its first year. 

Prior to Longwood, he served as the co-founder and director of coaching for the boys and girls U9-U20 teams at the Knoxville Soccer Academy for three years. Scott was given the responsibility of being the main scouting contact in Tennessee for the United Soccer Leagues ODP program, he was also a USL national ODP staff coach and national ODP scout for identifying talent for the national USL Olympic Development program held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. — former home of the USA U17 national team residency program.

In 2013 as head coach, Scott guided the Knoxville Soccer Academy’s U17/18 girl’s squad to winning the USL Super Y U17/18 South Atlantic Championship and a runner-up finish at the Super Y North American Finals. During the 2012 summer months for Knoxville Soccer Academy, Scott also led the clubs USL Super U20 squad as head coach which was built up of regional college soccer players to winning the 2012 USL Super U20 Men's South Atlantic Championship and a berth to the Super U20 North American Finals at IMG Academy playing the likes of Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire U20. His U20 squad was awarded the USL award for the commitment to player development & excellence.

For the 2011 & 2012 summer seasons and as well as his responsibilities for his KSA U20 squad for the 2012 season, Scott was also an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Knoxville Force, a semi-professional soccer team that competed on the national stage within the National Premier Soccer League which is the 4th tier of professional soccer on the US soccer pyramid. He joined the Force for their inaugural season and was given responsibility of pulling in talent from the collegiate, semi-professional and professional ranks around the country and overseas.

Furthering his familiarity to the East Tennessee area, Scott earned his first full-time collegiate coaching position at Emory & Henry College in 2009. He spent two seasons with the NCAA DIII program as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and also stepped in as interim head coach for the spring and summer of 2011. The Wasps competed in arguably the toughest NCAA DIII conference in the country, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

As a player, Scott played his first two seasons of college soccer at Hiwassee College, an NJCAA affiliate. He was team captain from 2006-2008 and helped lead the program to consecutive conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the regional final. He later transferred to Milligan College to finish his collegiate career, where he stepped in as team captain in 2009 and earned All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honors. He also led the program to the 2009 AAC Championship. He was also the recipient of the Brian Letendre Award for motivational leadership — voted on by his peers.

Scott enjoyed a two-year stint in 2009 and 2010 as a regular starter playing semi-professional soccer with the country’s most successful NPSL club- Chattanooga Football Club where he played during the summer months in front of crowds as large as 10,000 people. He helped the team win the 2010 Southeast Conference championship and also helped lead them to the 2010 NPSL National Championship game. Scott also played for the Fort Wayne Fever of the professional development league in 2008 which is now known as USL 2 where he teamed up with a number of current Major League Soccer players.

Scott enjoyed a playing career that took him to three different countries as a professional youth player, a semi-pro player and a full-time professional player where he competed in some of the top divisions in England, Scandinavia and America from his youth days up until his senior appearances. 

Scott is currently a national course instructor and assessor for the United Soccer Coaches and holds his Premier License, Advanced National License and Director of Coaching License from the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He has also been accepted onto the UEFA B course and is working towards his UEFA B International License with the Irish Football Association which is one of three highest ranked licenses in the world. Scott also completed the Level 1 & 2 coaching qualifications with the English F.A as a professional youth academy player back in the early 2000’s. Scott is also NSC First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

After graduating from Milligan College in May 2010, Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis on physical education. With a continuing growth mindset Scott pursued his master’s degree in Talent Development from Tusculum University.