Newberry College

Newberry College Athletics
2100 College St Newberry, SC 29108
Division 2 South Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Bryce Cooper

Bryce Cooper has completed his fourth season as the Wolves Men's Soccer head coach after being hired in January of 2016.

The 2019 campaign was a historic season for the Wolves. Cooper spear headed a Newberry squad that went 9-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play. Both win totals match the programs record in wins for a season. On October 5 his team defeated No. 12 Wingate 3-2 at home for Newberry's first win against a nationally ranked team since the 2011 season. His team also found themselves ranked in the southeast regional poll five different times throughout the season. The team made the SAC Championships as the seventh seed and loss in the first round to the two seed Queens 4-2. Cooper would coach two SAC Defensive Players of the Week (Leroy Zeller and Sam Ottley) and two All-SAC performers, Sam Ottley as second team and Ibrahim Nadir as first team. The Wolves would earn a United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the sixth straight year and a third straight CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree in Vojin Manojlovic.

Most recently, Cooper led the Wolves to three wins and four ties, including earning crucial draws against Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial at the end of the regular season. The Wolves narrowly missed out on the SAC Championships with nine points total in conference play on the season. Cooper would coach two SAC Defensive Players of the Week (Tarek Malz and Brad Dixon) and two All-SAC Honorable Mention honorees (Fabrizio Bucco and Ibrahim Nadir). The Wolves would earn a United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award and a second straight CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree in Fabrizio Bucco.

In his first season as Newberry head coach, Cooper would earn two more wins and two more ties than the previous season. Other notables include eight more points in the conference, nine more goals scored, and seven fewer goals allowed. The team would also earn the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association) team academic award for the fall season with an overall 3.42 team GPA.

The Wolves had a very productive season, making an appearance in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Wolves made the tournament for the first time since the 2009 season. Newberry went 5-9-3 and earned the eight seed in the tourney.

Under the direction of Cooper, the team was also awarded the United Soccer Coaches team academic award for the third consecutive season. The Wolves posted a 3.32 overall team grade-point average last year. Newberry also racked up on post season awards, with Till Neumann nabbing the conference Freshman of the Year. With the coaching of Cooper, Neumann was able to make the D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second Team. Tobias Henriksen and Fabrizio Bucco also received conference honorable mention honors.

Cooper led the team to finish 3rd in the league in scoring. The team also saw its first All-American in program history in senior Quincy Kroeschell. Newberry was not only top tier in scoring, but they led the conference in saves on the season.

Cooper joined the Newberry family in 2016 after serving as assistant men's soccer coach at Duquesne University for the past three seasons. In his tenure, the Dukes twice qualified for the Atlantic 10 conference tournament with 10 players earning all-A10 honors and one Academic All-America. The Dukes also won the NSCAA Team Academic Award with a team grade point average above 3.0 in all three of Cooper's seasons on the Pittsburgh campus.

At Duquesne, Cooper assisted in all aspects of the program including developing, planning and leading training sessions, recruiting, organizing all team travel, academic monitoring and scheduling, game management and analysis, video analysis, running and organizing camps, organizing team equipment and apparel, coordinating and establishing an alumni database and organizing opponent scouting.

Cooper came to Duquesne after spending the 2012 season at Saint Francis, Pa. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as an assistant at Butler.

While at Saint Francis, Cooper helped the Red Flash advance to the final of the Northeast Conference Championship, only to fall to Fairleigh Dickinson on penalty kicks. Cooper helped coach three All-NEC and two all-region players for a SFU team that ranked 16th nationally in goals against average.

Cooper was responsible for helping in all aspects of the Red Flash program, including leading and organizing training sessions, working with the goalkeepers, working with academic advisors and staff to ensure players were excelling in the classroom, recruiting, game analysis, opponent scouting, organizing travel, managing equipment and gear and organizing and leading residential and day camps. Under Cooper's tutelage, the SFU team was recognized by the NSCAA with a team academic award for posting a 3.24 team GPA.

One of Cooper's pupils, goalkeeper Danny Valcicak, earned All-NEC first team honors after posting eight shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average, which ranked fourth nationally in 2012. Cooper was also active in helping assemble a recruiting class that featured several players who competed in the US Soccer Development Academy system.

At Butler, Cooper was part of a staff that made NCAA Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 Bulldogs, who went 15-0-2 in winning the Horizon League title (16-1-3 overall), advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA tourney. Three BU players earned All-American honors and two were drafted into Major League Soccer following the season that saw the Bulldogs ranked No. 11 by the NSCAA.

Before coaching collegiately, Cooper posted a 35-10-0 record in guiding Indianapolis Roncalli HS to a pair sectional championships and regional titles. In 2007, he was named the Indianapolis Star Super Team "Coach of the Year" after leading the Rebels to two of the most successful seasons in school history.

In addition to his college and high school experience, Cooper has also had coaching success at the club level. He led several club teams at Carmel United Soccer Club in Carmel, Ind., guiding one to a State Cup Championship and Regional berth. He also served as a trainer and assistant coach for the Indiana United Development Academy team at Carmel United.

As a player, Cooper spent four years at the University of Southern Indiana, helping the Screaming Eagles to three Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament appearances.

After graduating from USI, Cooper served in the Army National Guard for six years and earned the rank of First Lieutenant. During that time, Bryce was deployed to Iraq for a 13-month deployment in support of OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and earned the bronze star.

Cooper currently holds a USSF B license and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from USI in 2004 and received his teaching license from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2010.

Cooper and his wife Courtney have two daughters, Stori and Priya.

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Sam Lofts

Head coach Bryce Cooper announced the hiring of Sam Lofts as an assistant coach in March 2018.

"I’m very excited to join the program,” stated Lofts. ”It’s a program that’s headed in the right direction going forward. Bryce has done a very good job so far in the two years that he’s been here. He’s excited about what he’s looking to do for the program in the future. I’m very excited to add to that and be a part of it.”

While a student-athlete at Lander, Lofts assisted the girls soccer team at Greenwood High School. In the position, he organized and supervised structured practices throughout the week while teaching the fundamentals of soccer and sportsmanship.

During the 2017 season, Lofts was an intern for the Lander men’s soccer program while also competing for the Bearcats, observiving day-to-day activities. He also helped organize game day operations and plan travel arrangements. Lofts also learned the foundations of budgeting, recruiting, and player management. He put in 100 hours during the course of the internship.

Lofts had a successful career with Lander, helping the team tally a 41-11-5 record during his four years in Greenwood. He racked up several awards and honors in 2017: Lofts was named second team all-Southeast Region by the United Soccer Coaches, second team all-Peach Belt Conference, and earned a PBC Player of the Week award.

During the 2017 season he appeared in 20 matches, making 16 starts for the Bearcats. Lofts netted eight goals with five assists for 21 points. He recorded his first career hat trick in the 4-0 win over Francis Marion. Lander was ranked No. 17 at the time of their Southeast Regional championship appearance. The team went into double-overtime with the fourth-seeded Young Harris, where they dropped 3-2.

In the 2016 season, he appeared in 18 matches and made 16 starts. Lofts led the team with 28 points, a team-high 12 goals and four assists. He netted two goals and tied his career high with seven shots in 4-0 victory over UNC Pembroke in Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Lofts graduated from Lander in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While on the team, he maintained a 3.41 GPA and made the President’s and Dean’s Lists. He holds the USSF D, E, and F License. Lofts is also a Certified Personal Trainer, receiving his certification in England. He has also totaled 100 internship hours at South Marston Gym.

"I’m excited to welcome Sam to our program and the Newberry family," said Cooper. "Sam had a very successful playing career and has a bright coaching future ahead of him. Throughout the search process he showed good insights and analysis into our program, and has a maturity beyond his years.

"He should have an immediate impact on our players and be able to help us take that next step to compete for our first championship. We aspire to do what programs like Lander have done in recent years. I’m excited to work with him and look forward to having him aboard."

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Justin Barlotta

Head coach Bryce Cooper announced the hiring of Justin Barlotta as an assistant coach in September 2019.

Barlotta comes to Newberry with multiple years of coaching experience.

He was the head coach for Lowcountry United. This is an amateur team that plays in the South Carolina Amateur Soccer Association. His main responsibilities were recruiting players, conducting tryouts, travel management, and in game coaching. In 2017 his team was the SCASA Champions, as well as played in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.

Prior to that he was a coach at Bishop England High School. In his three years there he was the head coach to the JV team and an assistant on the varsity team. In his position he assisted/conducted practice schedules, team drills, and scouting reports. In 2016 he helped coached the varsity team to a State Championship.

While coaching at Bishop England, he was also the head coach for two teams at Daniel Island Soccer Academy. While there he coached both the U-13 and U-9 boys teams. His accomplishments with the U-13 team include a DCS Rock Hill Championship, USA/MP Sprint Shoot Out Championship, Being ranked the #1 team in the Coastal Carolina Division, and being ranked #2 in the state and #26 overall in the nation back in 2015.

From 2008-2012, Barlotta was a Division II soccer player at Spartanburg Methodist College and USC Aiken. He graduated from USC Aiken in the spring of 2013 with a degree in sociology. He holds the USSF D license and a NSCAA level 4 diploma

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