Thomas University

Thomas University Athletics
1501 Millpond Rd or 1550 Magnolia St Thomasville, GA 31792
NAIA Georgia Southeast
Private Very Small National competitor


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Joe McDowell

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Joe McDowell enters his second season at the Head Coach of the Night Hawks Men's soccer team in 2021-22.

Originally from Wickford, Essex, in the United Kingdom, McDowell lived in Spain briefly before moving to Bradenton, Fla., to attend IMG Academy for his high school years.

McDowell then came to Thomasville, was a four-year starter for the Night Hawks from 2010-2014. In 2013 he earned Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, and helped Thomas to its first Sun Conference Championship. He graduated from TU in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business management and administration.

For the next four years, McDowell coached soccer teams of all ages with FC Sarasota. After returning to Thomasville in 2018, he has served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Night Hawks men's soccer team.

McDowell and his wife, Leslie, live just outside of Thomasville with their 4-year-old daughter.

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Billy Jeffery

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In August 2020 Billy Jeffery took the helm as head coach for the Thomas University men’s soccer reserve team. Jeffery is a TU alumnus and a former member of the Night Hawks soccer team. In his role, Jeffery also serves as an assistant coach for the varsity men’s soccer team.

Originally from Tring, England, Jeffery grew up in a family of soccer fans. He moved to the United States in 2014 to attend Thomas University, where he played on the varsity men’s soccer team for four years.

During Jeffery’s time as a student-athlete, the team won the Sun Conference tournament in 2014 and was the regular season champion in 2016. The Night Hawks also made TU’s first national tournament appearances in 2014 and 2016. The Sun Conference named Jeffery Defensive Player of the Week in September 2016. He went on to serve as team captain in 2017.

Jeffery graduated from TU in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology and minors in sports studies and chemistry. Then he served as a graduate assistant for the men’s soccer teams in 2018 and 2019. Jeffery graduated from TU in 2020 with a Master’s of Business Administration.

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