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Bryan College

Bryan College Athletics
721 Bryan Drive Dayton, TN 37321
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
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Jayson Davidson

Jayson Davidson enters his first season as the Head Coach of the Bryan Women's Soccer program after officially taking over in December of 2019.


Davidson is no stranger to Bryan having graduated in 2001 and played under the tutelage of hall of fame coach and athletic director, Sandy Zensen, for all four years while attending the college. Davidson is coming to Bryan from Sherwood Academy in Albany, Georgia where he has served as Assistant Principal and Soccer Program Director since 2014. Under the guidance of Davidson, the Sherwood Eagles have soared to unprecedented heights, garnering 4 state championships, 3 state runner-up finishes, and 12 consecutive region titles where Davidson went on to receive the honor of Georgia Independent Christian Athletics Association Women’s Coach of the Year in 2016.


“I am so excited to come back home to Bryan College and lead the Women’s Soccer Program,” remarked Davidson. “This place has meant so much to me since the day I arrived at Bryan 22 years ago. My wife and I have long prayed that the Lord would lead us back to Bryan, and now that prayer has been answered! Following in the footsteps of Coach Sandy Zensen and so many other great Bryan coaches is such an honor. I can’t wait to begin investing in the lives of Bryan student-athletes and give back to this great school that has given so much to me”.


Davidson saw much success while competing on the pitch for the Lions. The team was crowned TVAC Conference Champions in 1998, and after switching to the Appalachian Athletic Conference, battled their way to the AAC Conference Championship in 2000. Davidson went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration before completing his Master of Education also from Bryan. After holding down Bryan’s back line at the center-back position, his talents in the sport allowed him to continue his playing career in Sydney, Australia on the Score International Div. I player tour.


In addition to his coaching experience at Sherwood, Davidson spent much time in the Atlanta area coaching club soccer with the AFC Lightning and United Futbol Academy.


Jayson lives in Dayton, TN with his wife of 17 years, Sabrina Davidson, their daughter Josie and son Levi.

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Tom Halsall

Tom Halsall is entering his first fall season as the Assistant Coach for the Bryan College Women's Soccer Team. Before arriving in the United States from the United Kingdom in the fall of 2012, Halsall was part of Premier League Club Manchester City as a Goalkeeper from the ages of 12 to 18. Competing in the Youth Cup and Youth Champions League in 2011 Halsall gained valuable experience and was then part of the first-team squad for the 2011/2012 Premier Winning Season. Halsall then had a 2-month loan spell at Championship side Derby County.


Tom then joined Bryan College rival Lee University and was a four-year starter from 2012-2016. Halsall was an NCCAA All American and NCCAA National Champion in 2014 after posting a 0.80 goals against average in 14 games. Tom won numerous accolades during his career at Lee including, NAIA National defensive player of the week in 2012, MVP of Lee Olive Garden tournament in 2015 and best defensive player in 2013, 2nd All-Region team in 2013/2015, GSC Defender of the Week in September 2015, and 2015 ALL GSC team. During the Summer's Halsall played 4 seasons at NPSL side Chattanooga FC and 1 season at Asheville SC.


"I am extremely lucky and thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Bryan Family. My journey to Bryan was a rollercoaster to say the least and a lot of things fell into place just at the right time for it to be able to happen. The Lord definitely had his hand over this opportunity and after speaking with Coach Davidson, I knew right away there was a purpose for me to be here at Bryan. I am very excited and thankful to be a part of both the Women's and Men's programs and I am ready to learn as much as I can from Coach Davidson and Coach Hansford".


After Graduating from Lee in 2016 with a degree in Physical Education Halsall joined Erskine College in South Carolina as the Men's Assistant Coach in August 2016 and helped lead them to a top 4 finish in conference play that year. After Erskine, Halsall joined Shorter University in Rome, Georgia in July 2017 as the Men's and Women's Graduate Assistant and gained a Masters Degree in Business Management in May 2019. After Shorter, Tom joined Florida Elite Soccer Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in May 2019 and was the Director of Goalkeeping for the entire club. Halsall has his FA Level 1 Outfield Coaching and Goalkeeping License as well as an NSCAA D License.


As well as helping with the Men's and Women's Program, Halsall will be the Graduate Assistant for the Strength and Conditioning Program here at Bryan and will be working towards his second Master's Degree which will be an MBA in Sports Management.

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Arielle Hansford

Arielle Hansford is entering her first fall season as the graduate assistant coach for the Bryan College women’s soccer team. She is no stranger to the Bryan soccer team; she joined the coaching staff after completing her senior season playing for the women’s soccer team in the Fall of 2019. As a senior captain, Arielle started all 20 games for the Bryan Lions. During her final season, she scored 3 goals and had three assists. Hansford embraced a more defensive role than she was used to by playing defensive midfielder. She received the honor of being named the teams’ Most Valuable Player as well as making the All-Academic Team.


“After red-shirting my senior season at Lipscomb University, I thought my soccer career was over. I remember many nights praying about it and asking the Lord to lead me to where I was called to go next. Then I received my answer, Bryan College. I am forever grateful to Bryan College for providing me with an opportunity to complete my playing career here as well as begin my coaching career. It is such an honor to get to lead this amazing group of young ladies on our team. I am excited for this year and getting the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach under the leadership of Coach Davidson and Coach Halsall.”


Prior to joining the Bryan College soccer program, Arielle played for the Division I Lipscomb University women’s soccer team from 2015-2018. She played three seasons for the Lady Bisons and during her time there competed for three Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Titles. During her time at Lipscomb some of her achievements were; 3x Atlantic Sun Conference Finalists, 3x Atlantic Sun All-Academic Honor Roll, 1st time in school history being Regular Season Champions, a game-winning goal in overtime vs Western Carolina University, and Lipscomb University’s first victory over an SEC school, Mississippi State. Over her career at Lipscomb Arielle played as a center forward and outside forward scoring 7 goals during her time as a Bison. She graduated magna cum laude from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, an English Language Learning Certification, and a minor in Biblical Studies.


Arielle is a local from Athens, TN who graduated from McMinn County High School in 2015. During her time at McMinn, her team achieved 3 District Championship Titles. Arielle received honors for All-Region 1st Team x3, All-District 1st team x4, District 5 AAA Midfield MVP x2, and All-Stars East MVP. Arielle was a four-sport athlete when at McMinn participating in track and field, soccer, basketball, swimming, and cross country. She set school records for her performances with the track and field team in sprint relays, making it to state in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800.


Throughout her career, Arielle played semi-professionally for the Chattanooga FC Women’s WPSL Team. She began playing for the CFC women’s team in 2014, her junior year of high school. She played for them for a total of 4 seasons from 2014-2017 then played one season in 2018 for the Knoxville Force WPSL team. During her time with the Chattanooga women’s team, Arielle played forward and midfield positions. Then when playing for the Knoxville Force she embraced a defensive role-playing center back.

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