Former University of Charleston assistant coach Sean Fraser was tabbed as the fourth head coach of the Lincoln Memorial University women's soccer program in January 2017. Fraser was selected to take over for Helio D'Anna, who will exclusively coach the men's program after serving as the head men's and women's coach at LMU for the past 14 seasons.
"In our search, Sean Fraser clearly separated himself amidst a strong list of applicants with his vision for the program and passion for developing the entirety of the student-athlete," LMU athletic director Matt Green said. "Sean comes from a tremendous playing and coaching background and has been preparing himself for an opportunity like this for a long time. He is an exceptionally talented young coach and I believe that he has the intangibles to take our women's soccer program to new heights."
Fraser, a native of Durham, England, arrives at LMU after a one-year stint as the assistant men's soccer coach at University of Charleston. In his brief tenure in Charleston, W.Va., Fraser helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 19-3-2 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. Fraser was involved in every aspect of the program, as the Golden Eagles were ranked in the top five of every Division II poll during the 2016 campaign and won both the Mountain East Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
"I'd like to thank the search committee, particularly Matt Green, Mike Smith and Cameron Whicker for their incredible hospitality throughout this process, for giving me this incredible opportunity," Fraser said. "I'd also like to thank the University of Charleston and in particular Chris Grassie and Bren Stevens for their continued support and mentorship during my time there. I am incredibly excited to get going with this project and cannot wait to start working with such an outstanding group of student athletes."
Prior to his time in Charleston, Fraser was a phase coach for the Middlesbrough FC Centre of Excellence in Middlesbrough, UK from 2015-16. While at Middlesbrough, Fraser served as the head coach of the U17 women's team, which had four players called up to the English National Team during his tenure. He was also promoted to the head coach of the Regional Development Center for male players while at FC Middlesbrough.
From 2011-15, Fraser served as the head men's soccer coach at Midland University, where he compiled a 53-25-6 overall record, including a record-breaking 18-2-2 mark in 2013. In his four seasons in Fremont, Neb., Fraser coached 32 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selections and two NAIA All-Americans, made four appearances in the GPAC Tournament championship game and won the 2013 GPAC Championship. In addition to the on-the-field success, Fraser's Midland teams flourished in the classroom, as the Warriors were twice named as an NAIA Scholar-Athletic team.
While he was coaching at Midland University, Fraser coached professionally for one season as the manager of the Springfield Demize in 2013. That season was a definitive success, too, as the Demize notched the highest league finish in franchise history with a second-place run, recorded a franchise-record four-game winning streak and had one player drafted to the MLS.
Fraser was a four-year letterwinner at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., where he was a two-time All-KIAC selection and a two-time All-TranSouth pick. He concluded his four-year career at Bethel ranked second in the program's career history in goals scored with 54. He continued his playing career after college, and he scored his only professional goal in the prestigious FA Cup for Durham City.
Fraser began his college coaching career shortly after his playing days ended, as he joined the Bethel soccer program as a graduate assistant coach and served in that capacity from 2008-11. During that time, Fraser played a key role in Bethel winning the 2008 NAIA National Championship. The next season, Bethel won the TranSouth Conference title and were ranked No. 1 in the national poll for 12 consecutive weeks.
Fraser's coaching career began earlier that that, though, as he was an Academy Coach at Sunderland AFC from 2005-07. He also served as the Director of Coaching at the Paris Soccer Club in Paris, Tenn. from 2008-11.
Fraser's list of soccer-specific licensures includes: UEFA A, B and C License, NSCAA Level 1 & 2 Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, FA Licensed Coaches Club, NSCAA Coaches Club, NSCAA Premier Diploma, FA Youth Module 1, 2 and 3, FA Youth Award and FA Futsal Level 1.
Fraser earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from Bethel University in 2008 and added a Master of Arts in teaching from Bethel in 2011. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration as well as his Master of Science in leadership.