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 17th season as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2018. During his tenure at BW, Ayers has won over 300 games and is the all-time winningest coach in the history of BW soccer on both the men's and the women's side.

Ayers, the University's first full-time head coach, led the team to its first ever NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance and to a school record 16 wins. 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. Under Ayers' guidance, BW has produced 12 Regional All-Americans and eight OAC positional Players of the Year.

In addition to the accomplishments on the field, BW has established a tradition of excellence under Ayers in the classroom. The team has earned Team Academic honors 13 times and was awarded the Team Ethics Award of Merit by the NSCAA. The program has produced five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and two NSCAA 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. He is an Age Group Head Coach for the Region II Olympic Development Program, where he assesses and trains elite players from 13 different states preparing them for domestic and international competition. Ayers has served as a Professional Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer and scout for the USSF Development Academy. He also is a member of the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North State Coaching Education Staff.

In 2017, Ayers 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." Ayers has twice been tabbed as an OAC Coach of the Year and serves on the executive board of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association and the United Soccer Coaching ranking and All-American committees.

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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Chris Kraft

Chris Kraft enters his seventh season as an assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2018.

Kraft holds his National 'B' and National Youth Licenses from the United States Soccer Federation. He currently is the Director of Coaching for Concordia Soccer Club in Olmsted Township, Ohio. Kraft has served as an Olympic Development Program (ODP): Ohio-N Coach and Region II Coach.

Professionally, he works as a graphic designer for Personal Investment Group Inc.

Kraft earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Graphic Design) from Bowling Green State University in 2001. He was a member of the Falcon soccer team for four years. He was a team captain and All-Mid American Conference player. He finished his career with four goals and seven assists for 15 points

Kraft, a native of North Olmsted, played four years of soccer for the Eagles and was a member of the 1996 Divsion I State Champion team.

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Rhys Cannella

Rhys Cannella enters his first season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Baldwin Wallace University men's soccer team in 2018.

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 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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