Belmont University

Nashville, TN 37212
Tennessee Southeast
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Heather Henson

Heather Henson enters her seventh season as the Belmont women's soccer head coach in 2017.


The Bruins have won 40 matches during Henson's tenure, and gained national acclaim for academic achievement and community service.


During the 2016 campaign Henson led the Bruins to previously untouched milestones as they shutout five consecutive conference foes bringing their total to 531 scoreless minutes over a seven game span. The squad’s record-breaking OVC slate led them to Belmont’s first OVC tournament appearance in four years and the second under Henson’s tutelage. BU’s success was rewarded as four different Bruins – Stephanie Bukovec, Brittany Coca, Belicia Mendiola and Anna Brock Hawkins – earned postseason recognition. It was the first time since entering the Ohio Valley Conference that Belmont had more than two Bruins honored. Henson conducted the Bruins to a 6-9-4 overall mark while tallying a 5-4-1 league record.


At the conclusion of her fourth year at the helm of the program, she saw the program post the highest team grade point average (GPA) in NCAA Division I for the 2013-14 academic year as the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). It marked the 10th consecutive season the Bruins earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.


The Dallas, Texas native has continued to see the program excel in the classroom. Belmont reached new heights in the 2014-15 academic year, earning the highest team GPA for all NCAA division women's soccer programs in the country.


The Bruins have made their mark in the OVC academic honors as well being named to the OVC Team Academic Achievement Honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014. They also earned the OVC sportsmanship Award in 2015.


Henson also oversaw the development of Alison Alcott, who went on to become one of the program's most decorated student-athletes, over the last four years. The defender was presented the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award for her stellar career on the pitch and in the classroom along with good sportsmanship and citizenship, becoming only the second women women's player to garner the honor. Alcott was also NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American and received the Belmont Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for 2015.


In her second year with the program, Henson guided the Bruins to their first ever Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearance. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, two players received OVC postseason honors as Katie Proud was named to the First Team and Alison Alcott was named to the Second Team, marking the first time since 2011 a women's soccer player had garnered a postseason honor. BU women's soccer was once again represented in the OVC postseason honors with two Bruins, Stephanie Bukovec and Belicia Mendiola, named to the All-OVC Second Team.


Henson brought 16 years of NCAA head coaching experience to Belmont, the previous 12 spent leading the women's soccer program at East Tennessee State University. While in Johnson City, Henson directed the Lady Bucs to seven trips to conference postseason play. Moreover, under Henson's tutelage, 21 ETSU student-athletes earned all-conference distinction.


The 2003 ETSU women's soccer team was one of the most successful in program history, sporting a 12-6-0 record en route to acclaim from national soccer online resource, SoccerBuzz.com.


Aside from on-field success, Henson's programs have been characterized by high levels of academic achievement. ETSU women's soccer boasted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.58, sixth-highest in the nation during her tenure as head coach. As a result, the Bucs program received the prestigious National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the third time in the last four years.


From ETSU's arrival in the Atlantic Sun Conference in the fall of 2005, 97 women's soccer players earned Academic All-Conference honors. To be named Atlantic Sun All-Academic, a student-athlete must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the classroom during her semester of competition. All told under Henson, 99 percent of ETSU women's soccer student-athletes completed four-year eligibility and graduated on schedule.


Prior to ETSU, Henson spent four years as head coach at High Point University. After 22 victories and back-to-back CVAC championship appearances in her first two seasons, Henson led the program's transition from NCAA Division II to Division I play.


Henson also served as High Point's Senior Woman Administrator from 1997-99.


Aside from her collegiate coaching responsibilities, Henson is a respected member of several national coaching organizations. She holds her NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federations (USSF) Class B license.


At present, Henson serves as the head coach of the Tennessee State Team for the Olympic Development Program (ODP). She was part of the ODP in North Carolina from 1995-99.


Henson attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, earning an undergraduate degree in psychology in 1994. She was a four-year starter for the Spartans, leading the team to an NCAA Division II No. 1 ranking in 1990, and as high as a No. 17 Division I ranking a year later.


A native of Dallas, Texas, Henson was a club-level standout and played six years for North Texas ODP.


Henson is the sixth head women's soccer coach in the history of Belmont University.

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Travis Fravel

Travis Fravel begins his seventh season with Belmont University women's soccer in 2017.


Fravel specializes in coaching the goalkeepers in addition to assuming other coaching roles. During the 2015 and 2016 campaigns Fravel oversaw one of Belmont’s best keepers in Toronto, Ontatario, Canada native Stephanie Bukovec. During her two-year career at BU, Fravel helped form Bukovec into one of the conferences top goal protectors. During her senior season Bukovec shutout five consecutive conference opponents, logging more than 530 scoreless minutes. Bukovec received postseason conference accolades both years under Fravel’s tutelage.


After three years at the helm of the men’s program at Division III Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., Fravel joined the Bruins and made an immediate impact. He also served as the coach and technical director for the Fusion Soccer Club (previously the Highlands Heat Soccer Club) since 2002.


“I am very excited with the addition of Travis to our Belmont coaching staff,” Henson said. “I feel his knowledge and experience of being a head coach as well as his energy will truly benefit the development of our team. He is a great addition to Belmont University and our soccer family.”


Fravel served as assistant coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Emory & Henry from 2005 to 2008. He also spent a combined four years on the coaching staffs of the girl’s and boy’s teams at Abingdon High School, culminating his career with District Coach of the Year honors.


He also brings a wealth of camp experience and training experience to the Bruins. Annually since 2007, he has worked with elite soccer camps and academies in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.


He was a member of the Emory & Henry men’s soccer team from 2001 to 2004, leading the team in scoring in 2002. In his final season with the program, Fravel served as team captain.


Fravel has earned his NSCAA National Diploma and his state Goalkeeping Diploma.


A native of Woodstock, Virginia, Travis currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Micah Collins

Collins enters his first season as the assistant coach for Belmont women's soccer and will primarily oversee the training and development of the Bruin goalkeepers. In addition to working with the keepers, he will also take on the responsibilities of organizing team travel and the squad's community outreach.


"I am excited to welcome Micah to our Belmont family," Henson said. "He's a perfect fit for our program, his desire to build relationships and championship teams is something we really value here. He understands that these strong bonds lead to a stronger team that will win championships. Micah's experience will help build our keepers and lead to their continued growth and development. We can't wait to get started."


The Glen Rock, Pa. native brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, having both played and coached collegiate soccer. He recently completed his Masters of Art in Education and Coaching at Greenville University where he was also the graduate assistant coach for the men's soccer program. Prior to Greenville, Collins was a goalkeeper at Villanova and Penn State as well as playing on various club teams throughout his soccer career.

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Bryan Green

Belmont University announced Jan. 28, 2014 the hiring of Bryan Green as the fourth head men’s soccer coach in program history.


Green, entering his third season at the helm of the Bruin program in 2016, has compiled a 7-28-2 record in Nashville. In each of his first two campaigns he has produced an Horizon League All-Freshman team honoree in Rashad Hyacenth in 2014 and Dennis Kluba in 2015.


In 2015, Green helped improve his team's win tally from the year prior, finishing 4-13-2. Including Kluba's designation, Green guided three Bruins to all-league honors as Hyacenth and Anthony Torres were tabbed Horizon League Second-Team members. Green and the Bruins produced some shining moments in 2015 including their season-opening 2-0 win over rival Lipscomb, consecutive victories over Georgia State and Milwaukee, and their 2-1 road win at Virginia Tech. The Bruins took strides, scoring more goals and allowing fewer goals in their second season as a Horizon League affiliate member.


Under Green’s tutelage in 2014, freshman forward Rashad Hyacenth put together an impressive first season on campus, tying the team lead in goals, points and assists and leading the squad in shots. The D'Abadie, Trinidad & Tobago native, garnered Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors.


Green has 15 years of college coaching experience, including the past four spent as Associate Head Coach at Drexel University. While in Philadelphia, Green helped the Dragons to consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.


In particular, the 2012 Drexel side finished with a mark of 12-4-3 and rose to national prominence, climbing as high as No. 22 by Soccer America. The Dragons earned an NCAA Tournament at-large bid – the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in three decades – and a final RPI of 38. This past season, Drexel delivered an encore by earning its first CAA Tournament Championship in program history.


Prior to Drexel, Green spent seven seasons as the top assistant at Big East Conference stalwart West Virginia. During his time in Morgantown, Green helped direct the Mountaineers to a 71-48-22 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 victories over nationally ranked opponents. In 2006, West Virginia won the Big East Regular Season Championship, earned a No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and finished the campaign No. 9 in the RPI. One year later, the Mountaineers steamrolled to Sweet 16 as the NCAA Tournament overall No. 15 seed.


Moreover, West Virginia ranked in the top 15 nationally in goals against average (GAA) each season from 2006-2009 and had four straight top 30 national recruiting classes according to CollegeSoccerNews.com.


Green spent three seasons as head coach at Keystone College in La Plume, Penn. The Giants won 27 of their final 35 matches under Green’s watch, including a 2002 NJCAA Region XIX Championship and a No. 2 national ranking.


Green began his career as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University and his alma mater, Elizabethtown College.


Scores of players have benefitted from Green’s tutelage, including current English Premier League and U.S. National Team standout Geoff Cameron, and MLS players Raymon Gaddis and Devon McTavish.


Academic excellence has been a hallmark of teams throughout Green’s career. Drexel and West Virginia claimed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award six consecutive years with nearly 60 Academic All-Conference honorees.


During his playing days, Green was an All-American at Elizabethtown, leading the Blue Jays to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He went on to play for the South Jersey Barons and Reading Rage in the USL.


A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Green earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Elizabethtown, ’97) and master’s degree in health and physical education (East Stroudsburg, ’00).


Green resides in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with his wife, Ehren, and sons, Henry and Nathan.

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Mark Carr

Friday, April 11, 2014, Belmont University men's soccer head coach Bryan Green announced the hiring of Mark Carr to the Bruins' top assistant coaching position.


"I am thrilled to have Mark join us at Belmont," Green said. "Having worked with him in the past, I know he will bring energy and passion to the program. His ability to communicate and motivate players, and his knowledge of the game will not only make us a better team, but will also enhance the overall experience of every student-athlete on the team."


Carr, a collegiate soccer veteran with more than a decade of experience to his credit, comes to Belmont after spending the past two years as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Carr helped the Runnin' Rebels to a 22-12-7 record over the last two campaigns, including a sparkling 12-4-4 mark in 2012. Carr was integral in the development of UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell, who earned All-Mountain West Conference honors.


Moreover, during Carr's stint, UNLV enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom. This past season, 10 Runnin' Rebels were named Academic All-Mountain West - five of which were repeat selections. Wassell also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors.


Prior to his move to the Silver State, Carr served nearly two years as the Director of Coaching for Burnsville Fire Soccer Club in Burnsville, Minn.


That followed four seasons as an assistant coach for the West Virginia University men's soccer program, where he worked alongside Green.


Also charged with scheduling, recruiting and goalkeeper development in Morgantown, Carr contributed to two nationally-ranked recruriting classes, 33 shutouts and an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance.


Carr's coaching career began at Elmira College in Upstate New York. During that time, four Elmira players earned NSCAA East Region Academic All-America honors, with five garnering Empire 8 All-Conference recognition.


The Bloomington, Minn. native was a four-year letterwinner at Virginia Military Institute. Carr was team captain and earned Southern Conference All-Academic honors.


He earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from VMI in 2003.


Carr is a member of the NSCAA and holds NSCAA National and Advanced Coaching diplomas.

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Alec Purdie

Alec Purdie joins Belmont men's soccer as an assistant coach for 2017.


Purdie brings a wealth of experience to the Bruin program, both as a coach and decorated player.


A four-year letterwinner at Indiana University, Purdie made 63 match appearances with 35 starts. As a senior in 2011, Purdie earned First Team All-Big Ten honors after tallying eight goals and five assists.


From there, the Elkhart, Indiana native took part in the 2012 Major League Soccer Player Combine and was selected 22nd overall in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the New England Revolution.


Purdie also played professionally in Sweden before shifting his focus to coaching.


He serves in a support capacity with Nashville United Soccer Academy.

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Anthony Torres

After a decorated career as a student-athlete, former Belmont University men's soccer defender Anthony Torres is returning to the sidelines as a volunteer assistant coach, Head Coach Bryan Green announced Thursday morning.


"We are thrilled to be able to keep Anthony in an everyday role as part of our program. His leadership and play was integral in our evolution and development as a team, and having him back as a coach will aid us in our continual evolution and improvement as a program. Having such a high level player less than a year after he was wearing the Belmont uniform will be a great asset to our young team," said Green.


The former defensive stalwart will work with the backline of the Bruin team, as well as help the new players acclimate to college soccer and the Bruin style of play. Torres, a four-year letter winner in Nashville, started over 50 games during his tenure as a Bruin. After a strong three seasons, the defender put together his best all-around campaign as senior in 2015 as he earned Second Team All-Horizon League Team honors.


"Being able to have someone on the staff who can push the players as well as empathize and identify with what they are going through on and off the field will be very good for us," added Green.


Torres, who earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the week after gritty efforts against Georgia


State and Milwaukee, ranked second on the club with 1,731 minutes played a year ago. Serving as a team captain, Torres provided a veteran presence to an otherwise young team, leading the unit on and off the pitch.


"I'm looking forward to helping the program continue to grow and improve and build on what we established while I was playing," said Torres. "It's going to be a little different this time around, but I'm excited to work with the coaching staff and the players this season."

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