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.