Bryan College

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

Jayson Davidson officially took over as the Head Coach of the Bryan Women's Soccer program 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 has spent much time in the Atlanta area coaching club soccer with the AFC Lightning and United Futbol Academy.


Jayson is making the move to Dayton with his wife of 17 years, Sabrina Davidson, their 13-year-old daughter Josie, and 11-year-old son Levi.

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Polly Holt

Former Bryan College women's soccer standout, Polly Holt, joins the staff in her first year as an assistant coach for the 2019 season.


Holt was a four-year starter at the center-back position before graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.


Her exceptional leadership and defensive tenacity made Holt a highly respected competitor on the pitch. She used her speed and intelligence on the playing field to out-position any offensive threat presented by the opposing team, as she played a major role in Bryan’s defensive success while holding down the Lions’ back line.


As an upperclassman, Holt oversaw the Lions to tremendous success, beginning during her junior campaign where the squad went 10-10-2 overall and an even 5-5 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. This marked the winningest season in recorded history for the program. Bryan battled their way to AAC Tournament Runner-Up, which was an improvement to the previous year that saw the Lions go 5-9-4 overall and 2-4-4 in conference play.


Holt made the most of her senior year when she and her teammates carried the momentum into another record-breaking display. They created a new winningest record at 12-7 overall and 9-2 conference record, giving way to the Lions’ first-ever AAC Regular-Season Championship and first-ever trip to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament Opening Round. At the end of her senior season, the Lions received votes in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, marking the first time since 2010 that the team had received national recognition in a poll.


Her efforts her senior year earned her All-Conference First Team honors while she also picked up weekly recognition from the AAC as an AAC Defensive Player of the Week. Her one-time weekly award came after she aided the Lions in a shutout during their conference opener where she helped Bryan women’s soccer set a record for most goals in a single game in recorded history (9) and the largest margin of victory (9) after tallying her first career goal and assist. Her defensive prowess led the back line in allowing just three total shots to the opposing team in the record-breaking victory.


Holt excelled in the classroom and was awarded the E.B. Arnold Student Teacher Award, presented to an outstanding student in the Bryan Education Department. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Bryan through the Bryan Difference Maker Program.


“I’m excited to be back on the hill and help serve on staff for a program that is very near to my heart,” said Holt. “It was amazing to be part of the remarkable growth experienced by the women’s soccer program during my playing career, and now to be able to support and help continue the development of the team as a coach is such an amazing opportunity, and I’m looking forward to what this year has in store for us.”

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