JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 28, 2011) - The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Friday the hiring of Dr. Adam Sayers as the Buccaneers' new head women's soccer coach.
"I am very honored to be offered the position," said Sayers, who has spent the last two years as the top assistant at the University of South Florida. "There is a lot of potential for the women's soccer program at ETSU. I really want to thank Dr. Paul Stanton, Dave Mullins and Barbie Breedlove for the opportunity. I have been very fortunate to have worked at two very good programs, and I think that will greatly prepare me for the challenges ahead."
As the top assistant for head coach Denise Schilte-Brown at USF, Sayers helped guide the Bulls to 14 wins and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and tournament win in 2010. Additionally, USF finished ranked in a national poll for the first time in school history following the 2010 campaign.
While at USF, Sayers oversaw many aspects of the USF women's soccer program, including all on-field physical training, fitness testing and monitoring, and recovery and regeneration strategies. He also contributed to the development and implementation of team tactics, and video analysis and opponent breakdowns, along with other day-to-day operations.
"Adam Sayers is a terrific hire as our head women's soccer coach," said ETSU Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Barbie Breedlove. "He has prepared personally and professionally to accept this responsibility and he will take our program to a championship level in short order. We had 138 candidates for the position because it is an outstanding job where a coach can be successful. Coach Sayers comes to ETSU from a Top 25 program and the Big East Conference, one of the best conferences in the country and his experience, expertise and ability will immediately improve our program."
Prior to USF, Sayers spent five seasons with the Middle Tennessee State soccer program - three years as a full-time assistant and two years as a graduate assistant. He was a part of five straight winning seasons at MTSU, as the Blue Raiders established numerous school records in each of those campaigns and won the first Sun Belt Championship in program history in 2004.
Sayers has a well documented recruiting pedigree. He was part of three consecutive signing classes (2006-08) rated among the Central Region's top 25 by Soccer Buzz, and was responsible for recruiting several players who proceeded to win conference, regional and national honors.
Sayers' first season as a full-time assistant at MTSU began with a bang as the Blue Raiders set the school record for wins (17) and also established new single-season marks for points, goals, and assists. Middle Tennessee State was No. 3 nationally in scoring offense in 2006.
While at Middle Tennessee State, Sayers obtained a Ph.D. in Human Performance in December 2006. His research addresses various physiological aspects of the game of soccer. He has presented at national and regional conventions, including the ACSM national meeting and NSCA National Sport-Specific Training Conference. He is also a published author in this field, contributing several soccer-related articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as several coaching journals and websites.
Before arriving at MTSU, Sayers served as a youth soccer coach with U.K. Elite Soccer in New Jersey. Before that Sayers spent two years as an assistant in football development with the Football Association of Wales. His duties included coaching in centers of development and centers of excellence for elite youth players and implementing soccer education programs in local schools.
Originally from Birmingham, England, Sayers attended Tusculum College in 1996, where he earned All-Region honors and was a member of the 1999 South Atlantic Conference championship team. He also achieved All-Tournament team honors at Tusculum. Sayers then went on to complete his master's degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.
Sayers holds both the UEFA "A" Coaching License and the USSF "A" Coaching License. He is also an NSCAA qualified goalkeeper coach. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Sayers is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has served as a coach educator within the USSF Coach Education Program, instructing on the USSF "B" License, and also with Tennessee State Soccer Association, instructing on "D" and "E" Coaching Licenses. He is also an Olympic Development Program (ODP) state head coach.
Sayers and his wife, Brandi, have two children.
The Bucs are coming off a 2010 campaign where they finished 8-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference play, falling in the quarterfinals of the A-Sun Tournament to Kennesaw State.
For more information on the ETSU women's soccer team, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.