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Bryan Walker serves as the Head Coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University.
Prior to TWU, Coach Walker was an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at Carson-Newman University. Both teams were ranked in the NCAA Division II Top 25 during the 2017 season, with the women reaching a lofty number two ranking in the country.
Walker made his way to Carson Newman by way of Tennessee Wesleyan University, where he worked as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team. That squad was ranked as high as number 22 nationally during his time there.
The Knoxville native graduated from Bearden High School in 2007, where he was a four-year starter at goalkeeper. He earned All-State and All-Region honors as a Bulldog and played a crucial role in the team's 2006 State Championship title.
A former student-athlete at Maryville College, Walker spent all four years as the starter in goal for the Scots as they went on to win the conference championship every year. He was a three-time all-conference player in the Golden State Athletic Conference from 2007 to 2009.
After graduating with a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation, he returned to Maryville College in 2011 to get his first glimpse of coaching, serving as the assistant coach for men's and women's soccer for five years. He won a GSAC championship with the women in 2015.
Walker has spent a number of years coaching in the state of Tennessee since his days with Maryville College. Aside from leading teams at high schools around Knoxville, he has been the assistant coach for the National Premier Soccer League's Knoxville Force men's team and for the Women's Premier Soccer League's Knoxville Lady Force. The Lady Force won back-to-back region titles in 2015 and 2016, while the Men's Force won the Eastern Region regular season championship in 2017, posting the most successful season in club history.
Bryan also serves as a coach in the Tennessee ODP boy's and girl's programs.
A standout goalkeeper on the NCAA DI stage with experience in the professional ranks, Kelsey Brouwer is in her second season as a collegiate assistant coach, having recently joined the staff of the Tennessee Tech women's soccer team as an assistant coach.
The former Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year during a star-studded career at Middle Tennessee State University, Brouwer works with the TTU goalkeepers, among other coaching responsibilities.
A four-year starter at MTSU from 2012-15, Brouwer started each and every match from her sophomore through senior seasons for the Blue Raiders, and the Franklin, Tennessee native also stood between the pipes for nine starts as a freshman, a year in which she helped lead MTSU to a Sun Belt Conference regular season championship.
As a senior in 2015, Brouwer was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Conference USA recipient, thanks to a sterling campaign in which she dented her name within the Blue Raider record books. Brouwer’s .876 save percentage was the second-best single-season mark in school history, her 113 saves ranked fourth-highest in program history, and Brouwer’s 10 shutouts broke her own record of seven, set as a junior.
Following her remarkable run at Middle Tennessee State, Brouwer went on to play professionally, suiting up for F.C. Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League. She also played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League as a member of Apollon Ladies F.C. in Limassol, Cyprus. Brouwer’s stints within the professional setting paid big dividends for a group of Tennessee Tech goalkeepers that includes three-time Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Kari Naerdemann.
Brouwer does possess other coaching experience on the NCAA DI stage, serving as a volunteer assistant coach last year for Drake University, a Missouri Valley Conference member out of Des Moines, Iowa. The Bulldogs posted a 12-4-3 record in her one season with the club, highlighted by a Drake goalkeeping corps that led the MVC in fewest goals allowed, lowest goals against average and most shutouts.
Coach Marty Baker is currently the goalkeeper coach for the women's soccer team at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to that, he served two seasons as volunteer assistant coach for the University of Tennessee women's soccer team, which reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and the Elite 8 in 2018. Previously, he had served as the team's graduate manager.
Marty also has been the starting goalkeeper for the Knoxville Force men's team of the National Premier Soccer League for the past two seasons, leading the team to a Southeast Division championship this past summer. In their playoff preview article, the National Premier Soccer League website cited Baker as a key part to the Force's successful 2017 campaign.
Previously, Coach Baker was an All-District goalkeeper for Catholic High School in Knoxville. He was a member of their state championship team in 2008. He currenlty is pursuing a graduate degree in sports management at the University of Tennessee.
Matthew Carr was named the fifth head coach of the Lincoln Memorial University women's soccer program, bringing 13 years of NCAA Division I and II soccer coaching experience.
Carr helped lead Carson-Newman to two regular season conference titles: the Eagles' 2018 SAC women's regular season championship and NCAA Tournament run and the men's 2019 SAC regular season title.
Carr was a member of the women's coaching staff at fellow Division II Clayton State in Morrow, Georgia, in 2017. He was also the academy coach for the Southern Crescent Goalkeeper Academy.
Carr spent 4 years as an assistant coach at DI Kennesaw State from 2012-15. In 2010, Carr was hired as the first assistant in VCU women's program. Before VCU Carr served as assistant women's coach at DII University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. While there, he helped lead the Purple Knights to the 2009 East Coast Conference Tournament title.
Carr spent time working with the Reserves at the Atlanta Beat of the WPS from 2010-11. Carr coached professionally in Iceland where he served as an assistant for the KR Reykjavik women's club from 2007-09 and the Alftanes Professional men's club in 2007.
Carr began his coaching career as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia in 2005.
Carr played professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks FC of the NPSL. He also played professional soccer in Bessastaðahreppur, Iceland, where he was the starting goalkeeper for Knattspyrna Alftanes in 2009.
Carr played at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he helped his team earn a NAIA top-10 national ranking. He was a three-year varsity letter winner and two-year captain at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Carr earned his bachelor's degree in biology from West Georgia in 2008.
Derrick Thomas played collegiate soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan University. He has coached club in the Knoxville area with FC Alliance and Knoxville Football Club, and previously worked with FC Dallas Tri-Cities in Johnson City. Derrick is an elite goalkeeper coach and a regular staff member at TBK!
Ryan is currently the starting goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach for Forward Madison FC of the USL.
Ryan served as an assistant coach with the University of Central Florida men’s soccer team in 2018. He played collegiately at San Diego University and at ETSU, where he set multiple school and conference records in leading ETSU to the NCAA Tournament and a national ranking.
He was Atlantic Sun Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013. Ryan also has played professionally with multiple teams in Ireland’s Premier Division, and played for the Knoxville Force of the NPSL in 2018.
It is a pleasure to announce that Timmy Lucas has brought his vast coaching background to TBK! He has over 25 years of coaching experience at the elite youth, college, and ODP level. He worked with the men’s college programs at St. Joseph’s University and Clemson University.
He also served as an assistant coach with national-power Bishop O'Connell High School, which finished ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation seven times and were the top-ranked team in 2004.
He has previously worked as a goalkeeper coach with DC United Super Y-League (2002-03), New Jersey Rush, and Virginia and Pennsylvania ODP programs, as well as Region I ODP.
Lucas began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Marymount University. He currently is a goalkeeping director for Region III ODP.
Overall, Timmy has coached three NSCAA High School All-Americans and over 50 student-athletes who have gone on to play collegiately.
Daniel Brizard is currently an assistant coach with the Fresno State University women’s soccer team. He has a wealth of experience in collegiate coaching. Prior to joining the staff at Fresno, he was an assistant coach at Indiana University, LSU, and Rhode Island University – along the way forging his reputation as one of the top goalkeeping coaches in collegiate soccer. Prior to his time at Rhode Island, Brizard served as head coach at Tennessee Tech from 2010-13. Brizard saw three All-OVC Second Team selections, and off the field, led the program to an average GPA of 3.417. Brizard has also spent time as an assistant coach at Florida International, University of South Alabama, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.
A former goalkeeping instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), he received an NSCAA Premier diploma and National Goalkeeping diploma. He also holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" Senior Coaching License and United States Soccer Federation Goalkeeping license.
Brizard also has been active in the Olympic Development Program since 1994, including serving as the goalkeeping director for Rhode Island ODP from 2015-17 and as Region I goalkeeper coach from 2014-17. Prior to that, he was a head age group coach for Tennessee ODP from 2010-13 and the goalkeeper coach for Region III (2009-10) and Region II (2001-08).
Before the start of his coaching career, Brizard was a four-year starter and team captain on the men's soccer team at Berry College. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports performance and exercise science from Berry in 1995 and spent two years in the Navy.
Ben Munger is in his third season as an assistant coach at UAB.
Munger arrives in Birmingham after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Akron where he worked primarily with the goalkeepers. He was instrumental in the recruitment of Akron freshman keeper Amani Jiu, who earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team after leading the conference in saves (101 overall/65 MAC) and saves per game (5.32 overall/5.91 MAC). In addition, Jiu was tied for sixth in shutouts (4 overall/2 MAC) and eighth in shutouts per game (0.21).
Munger joined the Zips after serving as the men's assistant coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University in 2015. He was also the goalkeeper coach for the women’s team during the 2015 season.
A former four-year starter at Maryville College, Munger played in goal for a team that was rated as high as 14th in the nation. During his collegiate career, he was ranked third in NCAA division III in save percentage and 26th in goals against average. In 2011, he was named to the Great South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman team. Munger was a three-time USA South Academic All-Conference team selection. In 2014, he was named USA South First-Team All-Conference.
Munger earned a bachelor's degree in business with a minor in Spanish.
After his playing career ended, Munger served as the goalkeeper coach for both of Maryville High School's soccer teams, including the 2015 girls season when the team accumulated 11 shutouts in its 17-1-2 season. He has also worked with goalkeepers at both at FC Alliance and the University of Tennessee summer camps.