Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University Athletics
120 Tams Street Staunton, VA 24401
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
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Mike Bair

Mike Bair takes over as head coach of the men's soccer team for the 2019 season.


Bair comes to MBU after nine seasons as the assistant coach for the men's soccer team at Geneva College in Pennsylvania - also NCAA Division III.


Since 2010, Bair was an integral part of effectively recruiting classes that contributed to Geneva's nine-­year record of 109-­-49-­-25 (.664), and he helped lead the Golden Tornadoes to consistent post-­season play, including the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) semifinals and higher for six-straight years. Other features of his competitive record are a PAC Tournament title, one NCAA Tournament appearance, and one Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III semifinal appearance.


Bair coached multiple team members who were named all-­region and all-conference teams, and most recently, 10 Golden Tornadoes earned spots on the PAC Academic Honor Roll. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) honored Bair and the Geneva men's soccer coaching staff as a Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in 2016.


In addition, Bair has also been active in Western Pennsylvania's club soccer community, coaching U10 through U19 teams for the past eight years. Since 2017, he's also been a head coach of the Pennsylvania West Olympic Development Program.


Bair holds a United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National Diploma as well as Goalkeeping Level I and II Diplomas. He earned his master of arts in higher education and bachelor of science in business administration from Geneva College where he also played collegiate soccer.

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Brandon Couling

Brandon Couling joins the MBU coaching staff after graduating from Lubbock Christian University with a degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on sport. While in school, Brandon played four years for the Chaps men’s soccer program, members of the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference.


Lubbock Christian men’s soccer head coach, Paul Gilbert, shared his thoughts on Couling: "Brandon Couling is a fantastic young coach with a great mind for the game of soccer. Mature beyond his years, Brandon will make an immediate impact on any team that he coaches both on and off the soccer field. He will be an excellent resource for the young men he coaches. I am confident that we will be seeing very positive things from Brandon as he transitions from a successful playing career to a promising coaching career."


Coach Couling expressed his outlook on joining the MBU family: "I am extremely honored to be part of this program here at MBU. I believe we are building the foundations for a very successful future and legacy here. I hope to provide my playing knowledge down to the players who aspire to play at the next level. Having played at various levels in England and in the US, I believe I can aid the development of players here at MBU to succeed."

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