Elyse Overton enters her second year as the AU women's head soccer coach in 2019.
In Overton's first year as head coach, AU won the River States Conference Championship for the second consecutive season. Asbury made a returning trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament and competed hard at No. 1 seed Spring Arbor in a 2-0 defeat in the opening round.
Overton brings not only a winning pedigree as a coach and player, but previous experience as an assistant coach with the defending NAIA River States Conference champions.
“As a four-time collegiate national championship player and assistant coach at AU, we’re excited about the expertise Elyse brings to this head coaching position,” Whitworth said. “Elyse is committed to the mission of Asbury and to our student-athletes. As a former student-athlete, she understands the vital role collegiate sport has in transforming lives and raising up leaders. She is passionate about the sport of soccer and committed to build on the success of AU’s program.”
Overton served the past four seasons as an assistant coach for the Eagles. She played a vital role in helping the 2017 team tie the program record for most wins in a season (14), win the conference tournament and compete in the NAIA Tournament for the third time in program history. She has also coached at the youth, middle and high school levels.
A native of Shelbyville, Ky., Overton played goalkeeper for Lee University (Tenn.) from 2008 to 2012 and was a part of four NAIA National Championships. She graduated from Lee with a middle-grades education degree and has taught at Shelby County (Ky.) East Middle School.
“Elyse is a gifted and energetic educator and leader,” Whitworth said. “She has a clear vision for guiding this program and has articulated a systematic approach to help tell our story with skill and player development which our student-athletes will benefit from greatly.”