East Tennessee State University

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P.O. Box 70707 Johnson City, TN 37614
Division 1 Tennessee Southeast
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Adam Sayers

Adam Sayers enters his fifth season as head coach of the ETSU women's soccer team after being introduced on Jan. 28, 2011.

In four seasons as head coach of the Bucs, Sayers has posted an overall mark of 46-26-3 (.639), leading ETSU to a post-season appearance three out of the four years.

During the 2014 season, Sayers helped ETSU to an 8-2 start, tied for the best start in program history and a program record six straight victories to open up the season. Sayers led the team to the SoCon Conference Tournament Semifinals for the first time in school history. It was also a record breaking year for the Bucs with Sayers at the helm, setting the program single-season record for goals (73), assists (73), points (219) and wins (15). ETSU led the NCAA in scoring, goals and assists.

During Sayers' tenure, ETSU has compiled an impressive 29-8-1 record inside Summers-Taylor Stadium, and produced three consecutive Atlantic Sun Players of the Year (2011 - Petersen, 2012 - Kerns, 2013 - Zadrazil).

In 2012, Sayers coached the Buccaneers to their second consecutive 12-win season, posting a 12-6-0 mark, including a record of 6-3-0 in conference play. The 12-win season is just the third in the program's 16-year history, with two coming under Sayers in his first two seasons. The Bucs boasted the nation's leading goal scorer in Ramey Kerns, and earned a No. 4 seed in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship for the right to host a postseason game for the first time in school history.

In his first year at ETSU, Sayers took the women's soccer program to never-before-seen heights. Sayers led the Bucs to a 12-5-1 (7-1-1 A-Sun) record en route to the program's first-ever share of the Atlantic Sun regular season championship. Through ETSU's championship campaign, the Bucs set the new program record for goals (43) and points (118) in a season, earning multiple postseason awards as Genna Petersen was named the program's first Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and Jenna Caudle was named Freshman of the Year. Coaching the Bucs to one of their most successful seasons in program history, including a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, Sayers was voted A-Sun Coach of the Year.

Sayers' cumulative record of 24-11-1 (.681) in 2011 and 2012 is the best two-year record in program history.

Sayers came to Johnson City, Tenn. from the University of South Florida where he served as an assistant coach from 2009-10. As the top assistant for head coach Denise Schilte-Brown, Sayers helped guide the Bulls to 14 wins and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and win in 2010.

While at USF, Sayers oversaw many aspects of the women's soccer program, including all on-field physical training, fitness testing and monitoring, and recovery and regeneration strategies. He also contributed to the development and implementation of team tactics, video analysis and opponent breakdowns, along with other day-to-day operations.

Prior to USF, Sayers spent five seasons with the Middle Tennessee State soccer program – three years as a full-time assistant and two years as a graduate assistant. He was a part of five straight winning seasons at MTSU in which the Blue Raiders established numerous school records and won their first ever Sun Belt Championship in program history in 2004.

Sayers has a well documented recruiting pedigree. He was part of three consecutive signing classes (2006-08) rated among the Central Region's top 25 by Soccer Buzz, and was responsible for recruiting several players who went on to win conference, regional and national honors.

Sayers' first season as a full-time assistant at MTSU was a successful one as the Blue Raiders set the school record for wins (17) and also established new single-season marks for points, goals and assists. Middle Tennessee State finished the 2006 season ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring offense.

While at Middle Tennessee State, Sayers obtained a Ph.D. in Human Performance in December of 2006. He has presented his research on various physiological aspects of soccer at national and regional conventions, including the ACSM national meeting and NSCA National Sport-Specific Training Conference. He is also a published author in the field, contributing several soccer-related articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as several coaching journals and websites.

Before arriving at MTSU, Sayers served as a youth soccer coach with U.K. Elite Soccer in New Jersey. Before that Sayers spent two years as an assistant in football development with the Football Association of Wales. His duties included coaching in centers of development and centers of excellence for elite youth players and implementing soccer education programs in local schools.

Originally from Birmingham, England, Sayers attended Tusculum College in 1996, where he earned All-Region honors and was a member of the 1999 South Atlantic Conference championship team. He also achieved All-Tournament team honors at Tusculum. Sayers then went on to complete his master's degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.

Sayers holds both the UEFA "A" Coaching License and the USSF "A" Coaching License. He is also an NSCAA qualified goalkeeper coach. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Sayers is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has served as a coach educator within the USSF Coach Education Program, instructing on the USSF "B" License, and also with Tennessee State Soccer Association, instructing on "D" and "E" Licenses. He is also an Olympic Development Program (ODP) state head coach.

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Joanne Spalding

Joanne Spalding joined the ETSU coaching staff in 2014 after serving as an assistant coach at Averett University in Danville, Va., from 2008-13.

In her first season at ETSU, Spalding helped the Bucs to a 15-6 overall record including a 9-2 record in conference play. The 15 wins was the most in program history. Spalding assisted the Bucs offense that led the NCAA in scoring, goals and assists.

As an assistant at Averett, Spalding helped lead the Cougars to four consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories (2010-13). In 2010, Averett won a program-best 13 matches en route to advancing to the program's first ever USA South Conference Tournament championship game appearance. The Cougars bested that win total just one year later, posting a 14-3-1 mark, advancing to the conference semifinals. In 2012, Spalding was an integral part of Averett's first ever USA South Conference title, helping guide the Cougars to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

A native of Erskine, Scotland, Spalding graduated with honors from Northeastern State University (Okla.) in 2008 with a degree in health and human performance, and a minor in psychology. Spalding earned her master of business degree from Averett in 2010.

Spalding enjoyed a successful playing career while at NSU, starting all four years, in addition to serving as team captain for two seasons. Prior to attending NSU, Spalding attended the National Women's Football Academy in Durham, England.

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Amanda Malkiewicz

Amanda Malkiewicz joined the ETSU coaching staff in the Summer of 2016 after serving as the head coach at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia from 2014-15.

In two season as head coach of the Mountain Lions she produced three All-MEC players along with a two-time All-Region honoree. During the 2015 season, she implemented an excellent defensive philosophy that held opponents to one goal or less in 11 games including holding nationally-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan scoreless.

Before becoming head coach at Concord, she served as an assitant from 2012-13. Malkiewicz was an integral part of the 2012 team that compiled an overall record of 16-16-4 while earning a spot in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals.

Prior to coaching the Forked River, New Jersey native played at East Carolina University from 2008-11, appearing in 80 games and totaling 69 career points off of 25 goals and 19 assists. As a forward, Malkiewicz was a three-time All-Conference USA member and ranked second in career assists, third in goals and fourth in points at ECU.

She holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" License and has served as the associate coach in training (ACT) for the United State Region I Olympic Development Program since July 2013.

Malkiewicz earned her bachelor's degree in math education from East Carolina University and earned her master's degree in Health and Human Performance from Concord University.

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