Truett-McConnell University

Truett-McConnell University Dept of Athletics
100 Alumni Drive Cleveland, GA 30528
NAIA Georgia Southeast
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David McDowell

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David McDowell began as the Lady Bears head soccer coach in 2007. Native to Belfast, Northern Ireland, McDowell brings an impressive resume to Truett McConnell University's soccer program.


McDowell attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He continued his education at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. where he received his Master’s degree in Theology.


After college, McDowell played for FC Kandern, a semi-professional soccer team in Germany, in 1999-2000. McDowell brings experience and knowledge to the Bears soccer program. He currently holds a USSF ‘D’ coaching license, and a NSCAA ‘National Diploma.’


McDowell has several years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school level. Prior to TMU, he spent one year as an assistant soccer coach at White County High School in Cleveland, Ga. McDowell transitioned into the role as TMU’s assistant men and women’s soccer coach in 2004. In 2007, McDowell was made head coach over both teams. It wasn’t until 2012 that McDowell solidified his role as the women’s head coach.


The Lady Bears have been very successful, on the field and in the community, under McDowell’s leadership. Since joining the AAC in 2013, his team has made it to the 'final 4' in every season including making it to the Championship game in two of these seasons, including the most recent 2017 season, where the team finished with a 12-7-1 record.


Standout athletes for the 2017 season include: Katey Griggs, AAC First Team All Conference; Rachel Barnett, Jessica Lanier, Megan McCall and Ashlyn Walloch, all AAC Second Team All Conference.


The Lady Bears also garnered recognition within the community as they gave over 1500 hours of community service for the past year.


McDowell coaches with a “Family first, team second,” motto. “This is the essence to TMU’s athletic program,” McDowell said. “My hope is that my team will understand that while our goal is to be successful on the field, and we strive to win every game, we must do it as a family. This motto overlaps every other area – whether community service, accountability, academics – if we are willing to sacrifice for each other and grow cohesively as a collective unit in Christ, I believe we will be successful in all areas.”


McDowell, his wife Traci and daughter Rachel, 7, live in Cleveland, Ga.

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Jonathan Britt

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After a four-year stint with Georgia State University women’s soccer, Jonathan Britt returned to Truett McConnell University as an assistant coach in 2017 where he helped lead the Bears to a runners-up finish in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship.


During his time in Atlanta, Britt worked with two goalkeepers who now litter the Georgia State record book for both season and career records in saves (1st & 9th), shutouts (1st & 7th), and goals-against average (3rd & 4th). As part of the Panther’s staff, Britt helped improve the Panther’s RPI to 95 in 2015, an increase from 235 in 2013. The 2015 season saw the Panthers finish runners-up in the Sun Belt Conference Championship to No. 22 South Alabama and finish as one of only two Non-SEC programs ranked in the top 10 in the Southern Region.


Britt’s first stop in Cleveland saw him serve as both the men's and women’s assistant coach from 2011 to 2013. During this time, he coached a first team All-SSAC (Southern States Athletic Conference) goalkeeper and two SSAC All-Freshman team selections. He helped lead the women’s team to the 2011 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Southern Regional tournament championship.


Prior to his time at Truett-McConnell, Britt was the boy’s assistant coach at East Coweta High School for five years. During his time at East Coweta, he helped lead the program to two state semifinals and won four region titles.


Britt has served on the ODP state staff since 2015 and on the Region III staff as a goalkeeper coach since 2016. He holds a USSF ‘C’ License and NSCAA Level I and II Goalkeeper Diplomas.


Britt played collegiately at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. where he was a goalkeeper. He graduated from West Georgia University in 2011 after majoring in Sport Management and Economics. He holds a master's degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.


Britt resides in Cleveland, GA with his wife, Chalice. The couple have a son, Carson (2), and daughter, Adelaide, who was born in early 2018.

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Meagan Taylor

Meagan Taylor is entering her fourth year as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Truett McConnell. The daughter of Colby Taylor, who has served as a coach for a variety of sports over the last 30 years, did not have to look far for her inspiration to enter the coaching ranks. “My father inspires me to be the best coach I can be and has always emphasized making character building a priority among the players,” said Taylor.


Taylor graduated from Truett McConnell in 2015 with a degree in World Missions, and again in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Theology. During her undergraduate career, she served as a mainstay for the women’s soccer team, winning numerous awards during her tenure as a collegiate player.


Taylor received the following honors during her illustrious collegiate career:


2013 AAC Third-Team All-Conference


2014 AAC First-Team All-Conference


Semi-finalist for 2015 John Wooden Citizenship Award


NAIA Champions of Character Award 2013-2015


2015 Women's Soccer MVP


2015 Female Athlete of the Year


Away from the field, Taylor likes to spend her time doing music ministry and cheering on a variety of sports teams she favors, such as the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta United FC, and the Denver Broncos.


Taylor currently resides in Cornelia, Georgia

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