Averett University

Averett University Athletics
420 W. Main Street DANVILLE, VA 24540
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Very Small National competitor


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Philip Wilson

Head coach Philip Wilson has been at the helm of Averett University's men's soccer program since March 2014 after serving as an assistant coach at Averett for three seasons.

Wilson's teams took a step forward in each of his first three seasons, improving their win total and finish in the USA South Conference. In 2016, Averett won eight games overall and six games in the conference — both highs during Wilson's tenure. The Cougars made their eighth consecutive USA South Tournament appearance in the process. He produced one all-conference, one all-state selection and multiple players/rookies of the week.

In 2015, Wilson guided the Cougars to a 6-12 overall record with a 5-5 mark in the USA South Conference. Two players earned USA South All-Conference honors, two earned USA South Rookie of the Week recognition and one earned Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Wilson led Averett to a 4-5-1 conference record in his first season as head coach. He had two players earn USA South All-Conference honors, one player earn all-state recognition and two players earn weekly conference awards.

Prior to being named head coach, Wilson helped guide the program to the USA South Conference Tournament semifinals three consecutive times as an assistant for the Cougars for three seasons. Averett had a 29-20-7 overall record during Wilson's tenure as an assistant, including an 11-6-2 mark in 2011. In 2012, he helped the Cougars go 6-2 in the conference, matching the program record for conference wins in a season.

Wilson is a 2010 graduate of Milligan College, where he played four seasons and was a two-time team captain. He received numerous accolades, including All-America Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Conference.

A native of Middlesborough, England, Wilson also played semi-pro in England for Billingham Town FC from 2004-06, in addition to playing for Cleveland County. He also spent three summers playing in the Professional Development league (USA) for the Cary Railhawks (Raleigh, N.C.).

His soccer coaching experience includes working summer Camps for the Carolina Railhawks (USL), Duke University, North Carolina State University, East Tennessee State University and Triangle Futbol Club. Wilson also spent three months working for Premier UK in North Carolina. He holds a Football Association Level 2 certification and a Premier Skills Practice Play Level 2 diploma.

Wilson also attended the NCAA's Emerging Leaders Seminar in January 2014.

Wilson earned his bachelor's of science degree from Milligan in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis in sports management. He completed his master's of business administration degree from Averett in 2013.

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Matthew Carragher

Matthew Carragher joined the Averett University men's soccer staff as an assistant coach in August 2017.

Carragher came to Averett from Bluefield College, where he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater for one season. His coaching experience also includes time as a volunteer coach with Fredericksburg F.C.

Carragher played four seasons of collegiate soccer, finishing his final two seasons at NAIA Bluefield. While at Bluefield, Carragher was an National Christian College Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-American and a team captain. He helped the Rams make their first NCCAA national tournament appearance in 2014, and helped Bluefield notch its first ever conference tournament win in 2015. Prior to Bluefield, Carragher played one season at NAIA Virginia Intermont College, where he was a team captain while helping the team advance to the conference tournament final and earned all-tournament team honors. Carragher began his collegiate career at NAIA Bacone College.

Carragher's playing experience also includes time with Chesterfield United and Fredericksburg F.C. of the National Premier Soccer League.

Additionally at Averett, Carragher served as the interim mens' golf head coach from March until May in 2019.

A native of Clara, Ireland, Carragher earned his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports management from Bluefield in 2016. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in business administration from Averett.

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