Bryan College

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

Jeremy Davidson is entering his first year as the head coach of the Bryan College men's soccer program.


Davidson, a 96' grad from Bryan and a native of Fayette, Georgia, is making the move from Albany, Georgia where he has served in multiple facets at Sherwood Christian Academy since 2011, including an instructor in the Bible Department, the Campus Pastor, and the Soccer Program Director. While overseeing the boys' and girls' varsity and middle school soccer teams, Sherwood are three-time State Champions and five-time state runners-up.


"What an honor it is for me to be able to return to Bryan College as the Head Men's Soccer Coach," said Davidson. "My wife and I are so excited to be back. This school has shaped so much of our lives over the past 25 years, we can't wait to get started and begin pouring back into the school and into the lives of these young men. To be able to follow in the footsteps of coaches like Sandy Zensen, Joey Johnson, and Drew Courtney is truly the chance of a lifetime for me. They have built an amazing program with a reputation of not only playing top-level soccer, but also building men of character that can impact this world for Christ. That is exactly the kind of program I want to be a part of, and I am looking forward to hopefully growing that reputation even further."


Davidson had a successful collegiate playing career at Bryan College from 1994-98 where he competed on the pitch under the tutelage of renowned Lions' Coach Sandy Zensen. During his time as a Lion, Davidson was selected as an All-Region player in the NCCAA on four occasions, garnered three-time All-Conference First Team honors, and was named a two-time NCCAA All-American Second Team member. He capped his playing career at Bryan by helping the Lions secure their first-ever (TVAC) Conference Championship in program history.


Once his playing career ended, Davidson immediately began coaching club soccer in the Atlanta area with AFC Lightning, Peachtree City Lazers, and later with United Futbol Academy. In 1998-99, he received his USSF National C and B coaching licenses.


In 2004, he and his family made the long move to Rivne, Ukraine to serve in full-time missions work with Operation Mobilization's SportLink ministry where Davidson was playing and coaching in a variety of different capacities while working with players at all levels. In this role, he was focused on forming methods for using soccer as a platform for developing evangelistic opportunities and discipleship concentrated relationships.


In 2007, the Davidsons moved back to the United States to work in youth ministry at Woolsey Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. before their time spent at Sherwood.


While at Bryan, Jeremy met and married his wife, Tracy (Stone) Davidson (96'), and they have been married for the past 22 years. They have three children – their daughter Brynn who is currently a freshman at Bryan, and their two sons Landon and Beckham, who are in high school.

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Stephen Ricketts

Bryan College 2017 graduate and former men’s soccer standout Stephen Ricketts is making his return to campus for the 2019-20 school year as assistant coach to the men’s soccer program in addition to his other new role as Long Hall’s resident director. Ricketts is a familiar name around Bryan with his father, Dr. Travis Ricketts, serving as professor of history and politics & government and chair of the department of history & liberal arts while his younger brother, Jonathan Ricketts, is returning to the squad for his senior campaign.


Ricketts competed for the Lions from 2014 through 2017 and bolstered the team’s defense playing at center back and outside back. The year prior to Ricketts’ freshman showing, Bryan had a slow year with a 3-16 overall record, but the Dayton, Tenn. native was part of a group during his initial year that turned in an overall mark of 11-6-2 and an impressive run in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament before falling to the eventual champions. Despite being just a freshman, his leadership ability and respected demeanor on the pitch resulted in being Bryan’s lone representative to the AAC Champions of Character Team, which is for student-athletes who best represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character Program: respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.


Entering his sophomore year, the team was projected to finish 5th in the AAC standings, but the Lions roared past the conference’s expectations and battled their way to the AAC regular-season championship with an 11-4-2 overall record and undefeated 8-0-1 conference record. The team ended as tournament runner-up while Ricketts collected All-Academic Team honors and recognition from the conference as an AAC Defensive Player of the Week during the season.


The momentum carried over into his junior year when the Lions clawed their way to an undefeated 13-0-3 overall and 6-0-1 conference mark after several months into their season. The 11th-ranked Bryan team came up short once again in the conference tournament finale, but their 16-2-3 record was good enough to earn one of the few At-Large bids to the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. They played host to the Crossroads Tournament Champion where they met the end of their season. Ricketts played a key role in Bryan’s nearly impenetrable defense and garnered All-AAC Second Team honors.


Ricketts guided a deadly Bryan back line during his senior year, as the team went 14-6 overall and 8-1 in the AAC that included wins over three ranked opponents and one receiving votes. The Lions finished 2nd in the AAC regular-season standings, made an appearance in the semifinal round of the conference tournament, and received a 25th-place ranking in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 poll.


His long list of accolades grew during his final season, as he was crowned AAC Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a Lions’ back line that allowed a 1.45 goal per game average. He went on to win AAC Defensive Player of the Week, NAIA Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, and All-AAC First Team. He also repeated as a 2-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America member due to his remarkable efforts displayed both in the classroom and on the field. He landed back on the All-Academic and Champions of Character Team while adding Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete to his résumé. Over the course of his career, Ricketts went 50-20-7, which included a total of 25 shutouts.


“I am extremely grateful to Bryan for allowing me the opportunity to come and work with the soccer program,” said Ricketts. “The time I spent on the pitch as a Lion had such an impact in my life. I am thankful for the chance to play a small part in continuing Bryan’s rich tradition of men’s soccer.”

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