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David Casper

ETSU Athletics Director Scott Carter announced March 29, 2018 that Kentucky assistant David Casper has been named head coach of the Buccaneers’ men’s soccer program.


“David Casper brings great integrity, competitive spirit, and a focus on developing the complete young man to this new role as head coach of ETSU men’s soccer,” Carter said. “His success in Division I college soccer has prepared him well to lead our program to championships in the Southern Conference. Dave’s personality and demeanor are an outstanding fit for our ETSU family. I’m so excited to introduce him to our student-athletes, our coaches, our staff and our fans.”


The 2018 season proved to be a positive and nationally-recognized first year of the Casper era, as the Bucs finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the Southern Conference for a second place finish. The Bucs were ranked as high as No. 18 in the national RPI rankings — the highest in program history — and as high as No. 2 in strength of schedule out of 206 NCAA D1 programs nationwide.


After placing second in the SoCon and beating 2018 regular season champion Mercer, 2-1, in the last game of the season, the Bucs fell in overtime to Furman in the conference tournament semi-finals. ETSU placed seven players on all-conference teams and led the SoCon in national RPI rankings throughout the season. Facing a challenging schedule, the Bucs faced six opponents that achieved post-season play, including NCAA Elite 8 participant Lipscomb University, who the Bucs beat, 3-1, in regular season play. ETSU also faced ACC and C-USA powers UNC, Wake Forest and Kentucky, as all three programs were ranked in the top five nationally in 2018. The Buccaneers ended the season with a No. 43 national RPI ranking.


Casper also put an emphasis on success in the classroom, as the men's soccer program posted record grade-point averages for the 2018-19 season. The team finished the year with a 3.564 GPA while ending the Spring semester with a 3.68 GPA. Both marks are program bests since beginning in 2008.


“I want to begin by saying how extremely excited I am to be named the next head men’s soccer coach at ETSU,” Casper said upon taking the job in Spring 2018. “It is a dream come true for me to lead a program with as strong a history as ETSU. I want to thank President Dr. Brian Noland, Athletic Director Scott Carter and Senior Associate Athletic Director Mac Hart for entrusting me with this great privilege. I want to also thank Kentucky Head Coach Johan Cedergren, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and Executive Associate Athletic Director Kevin Saal for an amazing six years at Kentucky. Without their guidance and leadership, I wouldn’t be here today. I will miss my time in Lexington and the people there, but I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life and to lead this Bucs program for years to come.”


In his 10th season overall as a college assistant, Casper was a key factor in elevating Kentucky into one of the top defensive units in the nation, with the stats from the past four seasons to back it up. Kentucky has finished inside the top-20 in the nation in goals against average in four of Casper's five years on UK head coach Cedergren's staff.


In 2017, Casper coached Callum Irving to arguably the best four-year career in school history. With Casper as his goalkeeper coach Irving set the program’s all-time records in shutouts (27) and goals-against average (minimum 2,500 minutes – 0.86). He was an NCAA All-American and Scholar All-American in 2014 and 2015 as a senior. He was also a two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Defensive MVP and Golden Glove award winner. In 2016, having to replace the best goalkeeper in the nation, Stuart Ford was an All-Southeast Region selection.


In 2012, Casper, who is the responsible for the goalkeepers on the Kentucky roster, helped lead the UK netminders to the 11th best goals against average (1.21) as well as a tie for the 10th-most shutouts (six) in school annals.


Casper came to Kentucky after three successful seasons as the top assistant coach and goalkeeping coach for Division I Saint Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania). During his time at St. Francis, Casper helped guide the club to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. While working with the keepers, Casper helped set the school record for shutouts in a season (11), ranking third in the NCAA in shutout percentage (0.61), sixth in save percentage (.864) and 11th in goals-against average (0.65).


Casper arrived at St. Francis in 2009, helping the club post a win over the seventh-ranked team in the nation. After a year of working with the team, St. Francis had a breakout season in 2010, winning as school-record 11 games and six in conference play. The team finished with a No. 2 final NSCAA North Atlantic Region ranking and the highest RPI in school annals.


While at St. Francis, Casper worked directly with the goalkeepers, in addition to assisting in all aspects of planning and conducting training sessions, game analysis, scouting, recruiting, team travel, fundraising, equipment management, community relations and academic monitoring.


Before coming to St. Francis, Casper coached as the primary assistant and goalkeepers coach at William Paterson University (Wayne, N.J.). He assisted in planning and conducting training and assisting with the day-to-day management of the program.


In 2008, William Paterson collected 13 wins, including five in conference play to finish the season ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA national poll. William Paterson finished third in the NSCAA Metro Region, winning the ECAC Metro Region Championship. William Paterson won its first post-season championship since 1975 and set a school-record with nine shutouts in 2008.


Casper spent two seasons (2004-05) working as the assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Timothy Christian High School in Piscataway, N.J., where he was responsible for on-field coaching, planning and conducting training sessions. In 2003, he was the head coach at Somerset Christian Academy in Zarephath, N.J.


He has additional experience as a trainer for the N.Y. Red Bulls Regional Development School (2006-08), where he worked with under-14 field players and goalkeepers. In 2008, he was the trainer for Competitive Goalkeeping in Bridgewater, N.J., training a variety of different ages and levels of keepers.


Casper has a variety of experience in summer camps, coaching at St. Francis, Notre Dame, Navy, Michigan State, Rhode Island and Victory Sports Camps.


Casper had a standout player career as a goalkeeper at Wheaton College (Ill.) and Messiah College (Pa.). While at Wheaton, he had a 0.63 goals-against average in 2001, with five shutouts. After transferring to Messiah College, he served as the starter on the 2002 Division III National Champions, totaling a 0.40 goals-against average and a school-record 16.5 shutouts. In 2006-07, he served as the starting keeper for William Paterson, posting eight shutouts. Following his collegiate career, Casper had a trial with Independiente de Medellin, in the Colombia First Division.


Casper earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and received his master’s degree in education from St. Francis University.

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Josh Scott

ETSU head men’s soccer coach David Casper announced a new addition to the coaching staff on May 2, 2018 as Josh Scott was hired as the program’s full-time assistant coach. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator on Feb. 8, 2019.


Scott is in his second year on Casper’s staff with numerous ties to the East Tennessee region as a coach and player. Prior to ETSU, Scott served as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Tusculum University.


Casper said having someone of Scott’s caliber, local notoriety and experience made him a perfect fit for the ETSU men’s soccer program. “I’m very excited to add Josh to the staff,” Casper said. “He brings a lot of experience on all levels, and I’m excited to see what he can do on the recruiting trail as someone rooted in Tennessee and overseas. I admire his passion for ETSU and I look forward to working with him on our staff.”


Scott, a native of London, England, has coached at all three NCAA levels spanning over the past decade as a full-time collegiate coach, In addition to his college coaching experience, Scott has also worked for clubs within the professional organizations of United Soccer Leagues and the National Premier Soccer League where both organizations compete in the top four tiers of US professional soccer.


Scott also worked in youth soccer as a full-time director of coaching and head coach for three years, which gives Scott an experienced and well rounded coaching career to date. Scott also has a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene where he has coached and scouted youth players for state, regional and national Olympic development teams, major league soccer academies and youth national teams.


Combined with his passion for youth development, Scott’s experience of fulfilling a range of positions across all NCAA levels from assistant coach, associate head coach and interim head coach has placed him as one of the most experienced and talented assistant coaches in the country. Scott has identified, recruited and worked with players who have represented their country in U19 European Championships, U17 & U20 World Cups and players who have mostly represented clubs in the top two tiers of youth soccer here in the US and overseas where some of these players have even played in UEFA Champions League youth campaigns.


The 2018 season, proved to be a positive and nationally-recognized first season for Scott as the Bucs finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the SoCon for a second place finish. The Bucs were ranked as high as No. 18 in the national RPI rankings — the highest in program history — and as high as No. 2 in strength of schedule — the highest in program history.


After placing second in the SoCon in 2018 and beating the 2018 regular season champion Mercer, 2-1, in the last game of the season, the Bucs fell in overtime to Furman in the conference tournament semi-finals but the season proved to be a successful one though as ETSU placed seven players on all-conference teams and led the SoCon in national RPI rankings all season long.


The 2018 schedule also proved to be a challenging one as the game schedule saw the Bucs face six opponents that achieved post-season play, including NCAA Sweet 16 participants, Lipscomb University, who the Bucs beat, 3-1, in regular season play. ETSU also faced ACC and C-USA powers UNC, Wake Forest and Kentucky, as all three programs were ranked in the top five nationally in 2018. The Buccaneers ended the 2018 season with a No. 43 national RPI ranking and just missed out on a post-season NCAA at-large bid.


Not only did men’s soccer break records on the field of play during the Fall of 2018 by achieving program bests with RPI and SOS rankings but the Bucs men’s soccer team also achieved the highest semester team GPA (spring 2019) in program history of 3.68 and also the highest yearly average team GPA in program history of 3.564. This wrapped up a very successful 2018-2019 year for Scott and the Bucs.


Prior to ETSU, While at Tusculum, Scott as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator helped lead the Pioneers to a 34-26-11 record and a 22-12-7 mark in South Atlantic Conference play in two separate stints in 2011 and 2015-17. Under his watch, Tusculum earned two 2nd place league finishes, a SAC tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament while earning a #1 regional ranking and multiple nationally top-10 rankings- as high as #7 while knocking off nationally ranked opponents each year. Scott’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes at Tusculum won two SAC championships and had two automatic bids to the NCAA national championships in 3 seasons {2016, 2018}, his recruiting network, eye for talent and memorable wins over #19 Wingate University in 2015, an overtime win versus the reigning 2015 national champions- #6 Pfeiffer University in 2016 and two ties versus #11 Young Harris and #13 Lincoln Memorial in 2017 helped place Tusculum among NCAA DII’s elite.


Prior to Tusculum, Scott was previously at Division I Member Longwood University for a short stint. While at the Big South Conference school, Scott served as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the program. Longwood faced off against ACC powers Pittsburg and Virginia Tech and had memorable showdowns with Navy and UNCG to top off a challenging game schedule. Scott and the Lancers finished mid-table in the Big South Conference in 2014 which proved to be a rebuilding year for the Lancers.


Prior to Longwood, he served as the co-founder and director of coaching for the U9-U20 teams at the Knoxville Soccer Academy for three years. Scott was given the responsibility of being the main scouting contact in Tennessee for the United Soccer Leagues ODP program, he was also a USL national ODP staff coach and national ODP scout for identifying young talent for the national USL Olympic Development program and the US youth national teams, Scott worked regularly throughout the year in this role at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. — former home of the USA U17 national team residency program.


In 2013 as head coach, Scott guided the Knoxville Soccer Academy’s U17/18 girl’s squad to winning the USL Super Y U17/18 South Atlantic Conference Championship and a runner-up finish at the Super Y North American Finals. During the 2012 summer months for Knoxville Soccer Academy, Scott also led the clubs USL Super U20 squad as head coach to winning the 2012 USL Super U20 Men's South Atlantic Conference Championship and a berth to the Super U20 North American Finals at IMG Academy playing the likes of Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire U20.


For the 2011 & 2012 summer seasons as well as his responsibilities for his KSA U20 squad for the 2012 season, Scott was also an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Knoxville Force, a semi-professional soccer team that competed on the national stage within the National Premier Soccer League which is the 4th tier of professional soccer on the US soccer pyramid. He joined the Force for their inaugural season and was given the responsibility of pulling in talent from the collegiate, semi-professional and professional ranks around the country and overseas.


Furthering his familiarity to the East Tennessee area, Scott earned his first full-time collegiate coaching position at Emory & Henry College in 2010 as the assistant men’s soccer coach and shortly after as interim head coach. Wasps competed in arguably the toughest NCAA DIII conference in the country, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference facing off against NCAA DIII powerhouses Roanoke, Virginia Wesleyan and 2010 national runner-up University of Lynchburg.


As a player, Scott played his first two seasons of college soccer at Hiwassee College, an NJCAA affiliate at the time. He later transferred to Milligan College to finish his collegiate career, where he stepped in as team captain in 2009 and earned All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honors. He also led the program to the 2009 AAC Championship and helped the Buffaloes receive votes for national rankings along the way.


Scott enjoyed a two-year stint in 2009 and 2010 as a regular starter playing professional soccer with the country’s most successful NPSL club- Chattanooga Football Club where he played during the summer months in front of crowds as large as 10,000 people. He helped the team win the 2010 Southeast Conference Championship and also helped lead them to the 2010 NPSL National Championship game. Scott also played for the Fort Wayne Fever of the professional development league in 2008 which is now known as USL 2 where he teamed up with a number of current Major League Soccer players.


Scott enjoyed a playing career that took him to three different countries where he competed in some of the top divisions in England, Scandinavia and America before turning to coaching after a marathon of injuries.


As a passionate on field coach and coach educator Scott is currently a national course assessor for the United Soccer Coaches and holds his Premier, Advanced National and Director of Coaching Licenses from the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He was also accepted onto the UEFA B International License with the Irish Football Association which is one of three highest ranked licenses in the world. Scott has also completed the Level 1 & 2 coaching qualifications with the English F.A and is NSC First Aid, CPR and AED certified.


After graduating from Milligan College in May 2010, Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis on physical education. With a continuing growth mindset Scott pursued his master’s degree in Talent Development at Tusculum University in 2017.

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Cameron Sauro

ETSU head men’s soccer coach David Casper announced a new addition to the coaching staff on June 28, 2019 as Cameron Sauro was hired as the program’s assistant coach.


“I am very excited to add Cam to our staff. He is a young and energetic coach who is very hungry to learn and grow in his position,” said Casper. “His years of playing in goal as well as coaching goalkeepers will help take our program to another level. He will be coaching the goalkeepers on a daily basis as well as contributing to many other assets of the program.”


During his time at Southwest Minnesota State, Sauro was heavily involved in all aspects of the program including running training sessions, recruiting, logistics, academics affairs and social media. Sauro was instrumental in helping SMSU improve its win total by three wins from the 2017 season to 2018, while actively helping recruit and sign 12 players for the fall of 2019. As head of academic affairs, Sauro also helped the team achieve a GPA of 3.55 for the 2018 fall semester.


“First, I'd like to thank Erin Kasmarik-Mallett and Chris Hmielewski for everything they've done for me the past two years at SMSU,” said Sauro. “I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to join a program as prestigious as East Tennessee State. I'm grateful to Scott Carter, David Casper and Josh Scott for believing in me and allowing me to be a part of the Buccaneer family. I look forward to building on the program’s success.”


Prior to SMSU, Sauro served as the goalkeeper coach at The 705 Academy in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Sauro also served as an assistant U12 soccer coach at Barrie SC in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.


Sauro began his coaching career as a goalkeeper coach during youth camps at King.


Sauro played collegiately at King University where he was a four-year standout and a team captain for his final two seasons. Sauro was a two-time academic all-conference selection and held a 1.72 GAA in 27 career games with 74 saves.


Sauro holds a USSF 'D' as well as a USC GK 'II' License.

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