Jeremy Davidson is entering his third season as the Head Coach of the Bryan College Men's Soccer program. Over the previous two years, he is 14-15-3 overall with an 11-8-2 record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).
Last season, the Lions ended the season with a 4-9-1 overall record and 3-6-1 in the AAC. Michael Torner was named one of the 2020-21 Lions of Valor. This award is given to the top male and female athletes at Bryan College. Consideration is given to those student-athletes who not only excel in their respective sport, but more importantly, model the character qualities of Christ on and off the field of play.
During his first year, the Lions finished with an overall record of 10-6-2 and went 8-2-1 in the AAC for 2nd place. Bryan defeated No. 7-seeded Milligan College and No. 3-seeded Reinhardt University to advance to the WHAC Tournament Championship for the fifth time in seven years. The Lions would fall to Union College, 2-1, in overtime to end their season. Lions had 13 players named to the AAC All-Academic Team, two All-AAC 1st Team selections, and five All-AAC 2nd Team selections.
Davidson, a 96' grad from Bryan and a native of Fayette, Georgia, made the move from Albany, Georgia where he had 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 were three-time State Champions and five-time state runners-up.
"What an honor it is for me to be able to be 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, and we can't wait to pour 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 grateful to grow 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 23 years. They have three children – their daughter Brynn who is currently a junior at Bryan, their son Landon who is a sophomore at Bryan, and Beckham who is in high school.