Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Rd Berea, OH 44017
Division 3 Ohio Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Reid Ayers

Reid Ayers enters his 18th season as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2019-2020. During his tenure at BW, Ayers has won more than 300 games and is the schools all-time winningest coach in both men's and the women's soccer.

Ayers, the University's first full-time head coach, led his team to its first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance and to a school-record 16 wins in 2011-2012. The Yellow Jackets have been nationally recognized by the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches), achieving their highest ranking of No. 7 in 2008-2009.

Under Ayers' guidance, BW players produced 14 All-Region honorees, 23 All-Ohio players and eight OAC positional Players of the Year. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, BW has established a tradition of excellence in the classroom. The team has earned Team Academic honors 15 times in the last 17 years and was awarded the Team Ethics Award of Merit by the NSCAA. The program has produced six Co-SIDA/ Google Cloud Academic All-Americans and two NSCAA / United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans since 2006.

An avid student of the game, Ayers holds his National 'A' and National Youth Licenses from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA. He is active in the highest levels of coaching throughout the country having worked with US Soccer assisting in selecting players for inclusion into the country's youth national teams in addition to serving as a head coach for the Region II Olympic Development Program. Also, Ayers has served as a Professional Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer and is a member of the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North State Coaching Education Staff.

Ayers earned the prestigious Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Honor Award and Hall of Fame accolades in the spring of 2019. Also, in 2017, he was honored with Ohio's Director of Coaching Award recognizing "exceptional contributions to the growth and development of the game and who served to inspire us by example” and has twice been tabbed as an OAC Coach of the Year. He is a regional chair on the United Soccer Coaches All-American committee and serves on the executive board of the OCSA.

In 2002, Ayers completed his Masters of Arts degree from Kent State University in Sport and Recreation Management. A 1988 graduate of Hiram College, he was team captain his junior and senior seasons and earned Most Valuable Player honors as a senior. A three-time All-Presidents Conference performer, Ayers is amongst the Hiram College all-time leaders in career and season assists. He holds the distinction of starting every game in his college career.

Ayers and his wife Lisa reside in Canton.

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Rhys Cannella

Rhys Cannella enters his third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Baldwin Wallace University men's soccer team in 2020-21.

Cannella comes to BW from NCAA Division II Walsh University in Canton where he was a volunteer assistant coach for one season. His primary responsibilities included creating and implementing practice sessions for the varsity squad, helping to run the day-to-day operations of the program, assisting in recruitment and creating a game plan for each opponent. Cannella was also a volunteer assistant at Division II Ashland University from August 2016 to May 2017 and at The College of Wooster from August 2013 to May 2014.

Prior to his time at Wooster, Cannella was a graduate assistant coach at Division II Urbana University for two seasons. He assisted in all facets of the men's soccer program and was a crucial part in recruiting players both domestically and overseas. During his time at Urbana, Cannella helped to lead the Blue Knights to the two most successful seasons in program history with a conference championship coming in his final season.

At the club level, Cannella has worked with the Akron Metro Futbol Club as the Associate Technical Director since August of 2013 where he provides training for children ages 4-18 and markets the club's summer camp schedule of events.

Cannella's soccer experience isn't just limited to being a coach, however, as he was a four-year starter for the Division II Tiffin University men's soccer program from 2007-2011. In his 74 career games, he scored 29 goals and added 14 assists for 72 points. A two-time team captain, Cannella earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Player of the Year and NCAA Division II First-Team All-American honors as a junior to go along with his two All-GLIAC nods.

A native of Luton, England, Cannella played youth soccer in Luton and then went on to play semi-professional soccer for Biggleswade United in the eighth tier of English soccer.

He holds his U.S. Soccer National "C" License as well as a U.S. Soccer National Level 3 Futsal License.

Cannella graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in sports management from Tiffin in 2011 and then went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree from Urbana in 2013.

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