Mississippi College

Clinton, MS 39058
Mississippi Southeast
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Darryl Longabaugh

Darryl Longabaugh is entering his 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Choctaw soccer program as the only women’s soccer coach in Mississippi College history. Longabaugh helped get the program started as the inaugural coach in 1997 and has built one of the most successful programs in the American Southwest Conference and now one of the top teams in the Gulf South Conference.


It did not take Longabaugh long to develop one of the ASC’s most consistent soccer programs and earn his status as one of the league’s top coaches. Four times he has been named ASC East Division Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003.


In 2017 the Lady Choctaws (only their second year eligible for Division 2 post season) received the #1 seed in the region for the NCAA national tournament. During the season they reached as high as #11 in the national rankings finishing the season at #18 in the polls.

In 2016 they reached the conference finals in their first year eligible for the GSC title.

In 2013, the Lady Choctaws wrapped up their time in the American Southwest Tournament with a 13-6-1 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the league. With MC's 7-0 victory over Ozarks on October 24th, Longabaugh earned his 200th career win. Despite not being eligible for the ASC Tournament due to transiting to Division II, the Lady Choctaws advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament. They would open the tourney with a 5-1 win over Tennessee Temple at home. They then traveled to face Campbellsville, falling in penalty kicks. The Lady Choctaws had 14 players earned ASC All-Academic honors, while Melanie Benner, Caitlin Chapman, Meghan Dodge, Macey Lee and Nicole McKissack were All-ASC selections. Junior Macey Lee set a school record with 25 goals scored in 2013, also earning NSCAA All-West Region honors. Benner and Kaitlyn Kiss earned NCCAA All-Region honors.


Prior to taking the reins of the women’s program, Longabaugh worked with the men’s team for four seasons as an assistant and goalkeeper coach. He also has extensive experience away from Mississippi College coaching top high school talent and Division I select teams. Longabaugh has worked in international soccer ministry teams that have toured Mexico, Costa Rico, Antigua, Mexico, and Venezuela.


Longabaugh is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He played at Clinton High School in Clinton, MS and Hinds Junior College, Raymond, MS before playing at Mississippi College. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Social Science degree from Mississippi College. He currently holds his U.S.S.F National D Coaching License.


Darryl is married to the former Kimberly Girod and the two have a son, Garet.

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Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is entering his third season as the assistant coach for the Lady Choctaws.


Having previously played semi professional soccer in England with Thackley FC and in Australia with Albion Park, he finished his playing career in 2011 as a state champion with Hinds Community College. Johnson accumulated many individual and team honors including 2 Illawarra Premier League and Grand Final Championships in 2007 and 2008 with Albion Park, and inclusion in the 2011 All Region team while at Hinds CC.


Adam began his coaching career in 2007 with the Albion Park youth team before his move to the US. He has since been Assistant Coach at St Andrews High School in 2009-10, and Head Coach at the MAIS Championship Runners up Jackson Academy in 2011-12. Coach Johnson has served at Jackson Futbol Club as Club Coach to u11/12 boys, and U15 girls since 2009. In a coaching career spanning three continents, he has the UEFA B coaching licence from England, the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) Youth Licence, and currently the USSF National D licence in the US.


Adam was born in Huddersfield, England. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in business. Johnson also graduated with an Associates degree from Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS in 2011. Adam lives in Madison, MS with his wife and three children.

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Jordon Beedle

Jordon Beedle is entering his first season as the graduate assistant for the Mississippi College women's soccer team.


Born in Doncaster England, coach Beedle graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Coaching.


He began his coaching career at Balby Academy of Sport. In only the second year of running a girls soccer program, coach Beedle helped lead the girls to become English Schools Football Association National Champions in 2010. That was the beginning of a very successful period at Balby, going on to win the English Colleges national championship after winning their region and only losing one game in 2011. They were also English Schools FA National Cup runners-up and British Colleges Elite League Champions.


In 2012, Beedle helped lead his team to the English Colleges FA region league runners-up, Final 4 in the English Schools National cup, English Colleges and also British Colleges Elite cup. Also, in 2013, they won the English Schools FA National Champions, English Colleges regional league runners-up and English Colleges Elite Cup Final 4.


While at Balby, coach Beedle was given the chance to work with the English Colleges u19 National squad as an assistant coach, traveling around Europe to play Estonia u19s and National squad, Latvia National squad, Wales u19s and Australian Schools u18s.


Jordon also coached at The FA Womens Super League club Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC 2011/13 as head coach. The team went on to win the Premier League Reserves league championship, losing just one game throughout the season.


Jordon holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching, FA Level 2, FA Youth Award, FA management and treatment of injuries and is awaiting assessment for the UEFA B license.

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Kevin Johns

Head Coach Kevin Johns enters his 12th season as the head of the Mississippi College men’s soccer program. In 11 years, Johns has become the winningest coach in MC men’s soccer history and built the program into one of the best in the American Southwest Conference, winning two straight regular season championships in their final two years in the league. Over his career at MC, he has posted a 121-66-23 record.


In 2013, the Choctaws won the American Southwest Conference regular season championship for the second straight year, dropping just one league match all season long. MC finished their last two years in the ASC with a 20-3-2 record in the conference. Despite being ineligible to defend their ASC Tournament championship, Johns led the Choctaws to the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament, earning two draws. Six Choctaws were named to the All-ASC Teams, led by goalkeeper Adam Pittman, who was named ASC Defensive Freshman of the Year. Adrian Moreno, Brian Vasquez and Pittman were named to the First Team, while Francisco De Anda and Harrison Russell were Second Team selections. Oscar Delgado rounded out the list with an Honorable Mention nod.


The Choctaws had, arguably, their most successful season in school history in 2012, winning their first-ever ASC championship, along with the league tournament title. Johns was named the ASC Coach of the Year as MC needed two penatly kick victories to win the tournament at Longabaugh Field. The Choctaws advanced to the NCAA Regional, defeating Whitworth (1-0) in the first round, before bowing out to Trinity (TX) in PK's. Seven Choctaws earned All-ASC honors, led by Julio Cesar Espinal, Robert Jackson, Daniel Lang and Brian Vasquez being named to the First Team. Vasquez was also named an NSCAA All-American and All-West Region performer. Harrison Russell was an All-West Region honoree, as well as, a Second Team All-ASC performer. BJ Williams (Third Team) and Hugo Flores (Hon. Mention) also earned All-ASC honors.


The 2011 season saw the Choctaws qualify for their sixth consecutive ASC Tournament, going 14-3-3, including a win streak of seven games over the final month. MC also did not lose a match over the final 10, tying the final three of the season. Brian Vasquez was named the ASC Offensive Freshman of the Year, while seven other Choctaws earned All-Conference honors. Ben Cross and Rafael Guzman joined Vasquez on the First Team. Vasquez and Cross were also named to the All-Region Team by NSCAA.


In 2010, the Choctaws advanced to their second ASC Tournament Championship game in five years as MC faced Texas-Tyler for the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Choctaws allowed the fewest goals in school history with on 12 GA on the season and finished the year with a school record 12 shutouts. Seven Choctaws earned All-ASC honors with Michael Cooper and Barry Prather being named to the First Team.


In 2009, the Choctaws made their fourth consecutive trip to the ASC Tournament, finishing 12-4-4. Forward Michael Cooper set MC single-season records for goals with 20 and led the conference, while earning ASC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Six Choctaws finished with All-ASC honors on the season with Cooper and Tyler Wade earning First Team selections.


In 2008 under Johns leadership, senior forward Phillip Buffington tied the ASC record for goals scored with 56 goals in just 54 games. Senior defender Keith Armstrong also earned ASC Defensive Player of the Year honors on his way to his fourth straight All-ASC season. Both players are receiving interest from different professional organizations across the country and are expected to sign contracts this offseason.


In 2006, the Choctaws went 14-5-3 and reached the ASC Championship Game for the first time in the program’s history. The Choctaws lost in the final 2-1 to Hardin-Simmons University. The Choctaws have reached the ASC Championship Tournament in each of the last four seasons.


During his tenure as a JFC coach, Johns managed to win more club soccer state championships than any other coach in Mississippi history. During his thirteen years as a club coach, Johns produced 21 state championships in men and women’s soccer in ages ranging from 11-18. Johns’ under-19 boys team in 2006 was the first team in MYSA (Mississippi Youth Soccer Association) history to win nine consecutive state championships. Johns also served as Director of Coaching for Jackson Futbol Club in 2002-2003.


During the 1997-98 seasons, Johns gained experience in the professional ranks as the assistant head coach and assistant general manager of the Jackson Chargers. Johns also served as the head coach on road trips for the now defunct minor league team. Johns also was the Head Coach for the women’s program at St. Andrew’s High School from 1995-1997. He led St. Andrews to a semifinal appearance in the MHSAA state tournament.


Johns spent his collegiate playing career with the Belhaven Blazers, a NAIA scholarship school. With the Blazers, he spent four years under the leadership of Pete Fuller, now the head coach at the University of Mobile. During his career at Belhaven, the Blazers won the 1992 NAIA National Championship.


Johns currently holds a USSF B license and his National Youth license.

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Carl Sheard

Carl Sheard enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Mississippi College men's soccer program.


Before moving to Mississippi College, Sheard played for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2004-07. As a player, Sheard was a three-time All-Conference selection and was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American in 2007, after helping the Eagles to the Elite 8 of the NAIA National Tournament. In his four seasons, the Eagles played in four NAIA National Tournaments and won four conference titles.


Sheard received his Bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle in Business Administration in 2008, and also earned a Master's Degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at Mississippi College in 2011.


Before coming to the United States, Sheard played at the highest level of youth soccer in England, the F.A. Youth Premier League, with the Derby County Football Club in 2002-04.


Sheard currently holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma along with a USSF National "C' License.

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