Collierville native Brandon VanCleave, a former standout at Christian Brothers University and the University of the Ozarks, is in his second year as head coach of the Southwest women's soccer team.
VanCleave came to Southwest after serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas. He previously coached at Limestone College, a NCAA Division II school in South Carolina, where he was the women’s assistant/goalkeeper coach. During his time at Limestone, he helped lead the Saints to a runner-up regular season Conference Carolinas finish, a tournament championship, and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Prior to Limestone, VanCleave was the assistant men’s coach at (NCAA Division III) University of the Ozarks and has also coached club soccer for the Germantown Legends and Purple Rain.
As a player, VanCleave was a three-year starter at the University of the Ozarks, leading them to a 43-15-4 record and a regular season championship. A three-time all-conference player, he led his team to the playoffs three times and was voted to the American Southwest Conference All-Tournament team in 2007 and 2009. He ranks among the program’s top 10 in points, goals and assists. In addition, VanCleave played one season at (NCAA Division II) Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
VanCleave received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of the Ozarks in 2010. In addition, he owns a USSF National "D” License, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma, and the Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma.