Calabrese announces new assistant soccer coach
Ian Luya
Ian Luya

Monday, October 01, 2007

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2007) - ETSU men's soccer head coach Scott Calabrese announced the addition of new assistant coach Ian Luya on Monday. Luya will help with all facets of the program and will also be the recruiting coordinator for the Bucs.

 

"We are very excited to have coach Luya become a member of the ETSU men's soccer program," said Calabrese. "His vast experience within Division I soccer and the Atlantic Sun conference will help our young players adapt quickly to the demands of college soccer. Ian has proven himself to be a talented recruiter. His domestic and international contacts will help us build a competitive and quality program."

 

Prior to arriving at ETSU, Luya worked for two years as the assistant men's soccer coach at Atlantic Sun rival Stetson. Luya helped to guide the Hatters to their first ever post-season conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2005. Luya was part of a Stetson program that became the first team in 11 years to go undefeated in conference play on its way to the Atlantic Sun regular season conference title in 2006.  

 

In addition to coaching at Stetson, Luya also spent two years as the assistant men's soccer coach at Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne, IPFW, from 2003-2005. In 2005 he became one of the nation's youngest head coaches of a professional developmental team, PDL, franchise when he took charge of the Kalamazoo Kingdom.

 

As a player Luya led IPFW to a No. 5 national ranking in 1999, the programs highest ranking in its existence. He was also an integral part of the team that advanced to the Division II NCAA Quarter-final. Luya was a team captain in 2001 and 2002, and was also named team MVP in 2002. He finished his career at IPFW with 28 goals and 9 assists as a midfielder.

 

Luya also played professionally for the Kalamazoo Kingdom PDL franchise from 2001-2004 where was the captain of the team in 2003 and 2004.  Luya was named to the national team of the week twice while playing with Kalamazoo.

 

Prior to attending IPFW, Luya played for the Manchester Schoolboys in England. Luya also has playing experience with both Liverpool and the Bolton Wanderers.

 

"I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity that Dave Mullins, Coach Calabrese and ETSU have extended to me," Luya said. "The chance to become part of an inaugural program with great ambition is something that really excited me. ETSU is already an extremely strong member of the Atlantic Sun and hopefully the men's soccer program will also reach those standards in the near future."

 

Luya, a native of Greater Manchester, England, graduated from IPFW in 2004 with a B.A. in History.
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