Alumnus Bryan Madej was named head coach of the Methodist women's soccer team prior to the 2010 season. He has compiled a coaching record of 114-84-12 and a 71-33-10 record in USA South Conference action. Madej has achieved nine winning seasons, one USA South Conference Tournament Championship, and an berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. He has coached 31 all-conference selections, including 10 first-team nominees.
In the fall of 2021, the Monarchs returned to a normal season, completing an overall record of 13-2. The Monarchs were named the regular season conference champions after going undefeated in conference play with a 9-0 record, coach Madej’s first undefeated regular season in USA South. Madej also secured his fourth consecutive winning season, making it his ninth winning season overall. The Monarchs went on to play in the USA South tournament, defeating Huntingdon 2-0 in the Quarterfinals before falling in the Semifinals to Covenant, 1-3. For the second consecutive year, the Monarchs named six players to the all-conference team, led by junior forward, Laura Harris with 15 points and five goals for the season, including one game winner.
In the 2021 spring season the Monarchs finished 5-1-1 overall with a 5-0-1 record in conference after an altering season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Coach Madej clinched his eighth winning season and earned his 100th career win during the last game of the regular season. After having a five game win streak to end the regular season, the Monarchs lost 0-2 in the East Division Semifinals to Pfeiffer. Six monarchs landed all-conference honors, including senior midfielder, Aiden Sherry, who led the team with 15 points and seven goals for the season.
In the 2019 season, a 4-0-1 stretch to start October helped secure Madej his seventh winning season and sixth in seven years. Overall, the Monarchs finished 8-7-1 with a 4-3-1 record in conference action. The Monarchs advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Maryville (Tenn.). Madej coached three Monarchs to all-conference honors, led by freshman forward Laura Harris. Harris' 15 points and six goals, including three game-winners were a team-high.
In 2018, the Monarchs ended the season with a 3-1-1 stretch to ensure Madej's sixth winning season with a 8-7-1 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in league play. After defeating N.C. Wesleyan in the first round of the conference tournament, the Monarchs lost to Piedmont, the eventual conference champions. Three Monarchs earned all-conference honors, including Capri Clark, who earned her second consecutive first team all-conference selection after leading the team with six goals scored in only nine games played.
In 2017, MU earned the bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade after defeating Meredith, 1-0, in the USA South Conference Championship game. It was the second conference tournament title in program history. Four players were named all-conference, including Capri Clark who earned first team laurels.
The Monarchs posted a 9-6-2 overall record and an 8-2-2 mark in USA South play to earn a No. 2 seed out of the East in 2016. A total of four players earned USA South all-conference laurels, including first team selections Taylor Cavazos and Kortney Maggard.
In 2015, Madej led the Monarchs to a 13-7 record behind a 9-3 mark in conference play. The Monarchs advanced to the finals of the league tournament before falling to Piedmont, 1-0, in the final seconds of the second overtime period.
The Monarchs closed the 2014 season with a 12-6-2 overall record and a 9-1-2 record in USA South play. The team advanced all the way to the USA South finals, where the Monarchs fell, 2-1 in OT, to Maryville. Four players earned all-conference recognition at the end of the season, including first team selections Eryka Underwood and Taylor Cavazos.
In 2013, the Monarchs finished 11-7-2 (8-3-1 USA South) and lost in overtime to visiting Meredith, 1-0, in the conference tournament quarterfinals. The defeat ended the team’s seven-match unbeaten streak.
Also in 2013, for the fourth time in as many seasons, Methodist earned one of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Awards. At the time of the selection process, the Monarchs had a 3.09 cumulative team grade point average during the fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a team must collectively post a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Prior to his appointment to the women’s coaching staff, Madej served as an assistant for the Methodist men’s soccer team from 2005-2009.
During his playing career at Methodist from 1999-2002, Madej was a three-time All-Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, including a first-team pick in 2001 and two-time second-team pick. He scored 15 goals during the 2000 season, which earned him a NSCAA All-South second team nod.
In the program’s record books, he ranks seventh in career goals (38) and ninth in career points (84).
Madej graduated from Methodist in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in justice studies. He holds an Advanced National Diploma from the NCSAA as well as a Premier Diploma, which he earned in 2013.
Aside from his body of work in Methodist’s soccer program, Madej previously coached varsity girls’ soccer at nearby Terry Sanford High School, and formerly served as the Director of Coaching for the U-15 to U-18 boys’ divisions at the Fayetteville Soccer Club.
In 2008, he led the ’90 FSC Force Premier to the NCYSA President’s Cup State title. That team would later win the Region III President’s Cup Championship in Columbus, Ga., before losing in the National Director’s Cup title game in Kirkwood, Del.
Currently, Madej is the Director of Coaching for the Liberty Point Soccer Club, and oversees teams from U-10 through U-18.