Tusculum University

Tusculum Athletic Department
60 Shiloh Road Greeneville, TN 37743
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
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Mike Joy

Head coach Mike Joy is entering his 24th season with the Tusculum University women's soccer team in 2020-21. Joy is the winningest women's soccer coach in school and South Atlantic Conference history. In his 23 previous campaigns at Tusculum, he has amassed an impressive 276 wins with the Pioneers.

Joy rejuvenated the program upon his arrival in Greeneville in 1997, and Tusculum women’s soccer has established itself as one of the most formidable programs in the South Atlantic Conference and NCAA Division II. Since 2000, the Pioneers have finished in the top three in the conference 12 times while claiming five SAC Championships and four SAC Tournament titles. Since joining Division II for the 1998 season, the Pioneers have posted only one losing record in those 23 campaigns.

Coach Joy’s squads have grown accustomed to facing tough competition, as Tusculum traditionally plays a challenging schedule consisting of a number of Top-25 opponents. His desire to face some of Division II’s best teams makes Joy’s 269-135-38 coaching record at Tusculum all the more impressive. He is one of the winningest all-time coaches in NCAA Division II women’s soccer, ranking fourth with 362 total victories and 29th with a .664 career win percentage (362-170-43).

In 2014, Joy became the winningest coach in conference games with his 82nd victory, and currently has a SAC mark of 109-57-15 (.644). He is also the winningest coach in SAC history in all matches, having posted 253 victories since the Pioneers joined the league in the 1998 season.

The 2018 Pioneers added to Joy's run of success against top opponents, with wins over 25th-ranked Nova Southeastern (3-2) and a 2-1 win at 12th-ranked Carson-Newman which snapped the Eagles' streak of 18 consecutive unbeaten matches against SAC opponents. It was the first time that the Pioneers had beaten two ranked opponents in the same season since 2006.

In 2016, Joy led Tusculum to a 10-5-3 record including 8-2-1 in league play to capture the program its fifth SAC Championship and seventh conference crown overall. The Pioneers posted a six-match winning streak midway through the season, all via shutout. Tusculum finished the year with nine shutouts, but were eliminated in the SAC Tournament via a penalty kick shootout for a fourth time in the last six seasons.

From 2011 to 2013, the Pioneers had three consecutive third-place finishes in the conference but twice saw their seasons come to an end in the conference tournament via penalty kicks. The 2012 squad just missed an NCAA Tournament bid but finished with a solid 12-3-3 that included a 4-0 win over eighth-ranked Saint Leo and a double-overtime loss to league champion Lenoir-Rhyne. The 2013 Pioneers ended the season with five straight shutouts en route to an appearance in the SAC semifinals, while the 2014 team played 15th-ranked Tampa to a scoreless draw, but suffered yet another heartbreaking tournament ouster on penalties.

Tusculum returned to prominence during the 2009 season, posting a 15-5-3 record en route to the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. Joy guided the Pioneers to the program’s 12th straight winning season, including Tusculum’s first-ever win over 2007 national champion Tampa. The Pioneers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after their semifinal appearance in the SAC Tournament, defeating conference foe Newberry 2-1 in the opening round before falling to host and archrival Carson-Newman 1-0 in the second round. Three Pioneers earned All-Region honors, while junior midfielder Courtney Turner was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America Team for the second time in her career.

In 2008, Tusculum received a total of 14 individual honors, including Danielle Tanner who was named SAC Player of the Year for the first time in program history. Tanner was also tabbed as the Daktronics All-Southeast Region Player of the Year while becoming the first player in school history to record back-to-back 20-goal seasons.

His 2007 squad posted a 15-7 worksheet facing one of the toughest schedules in the country. The Pioneers made their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, earning the top seed in the Southeast Region. The Pioneers won six of their last eight matches to advance to the Regional finals before falling at No. 6 Columbus State. TC finished the year ranked No. 14 in the country, marking the third straight season Tusculum has ended the year nationally ranked. Three players earned All-Region honors, while Turner was named to the NSCAA/NCAA II All-America Team.

In 2006, the Pioneers didn’t claim the SAC Championship or SAC Tournament title for the first time in seven years. But Tusculum made its strongest national postseason run in school history, posting regional wins over Armstrong and Carson-Newman to claim the 2006 NCAA II Southeast Region Championship and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Tusculum’s No. 8 NSCAA/NCAA II national ranking was the best listing at the end of a season in school history. Tusculum ended the year 14-3-3. Three players garnered All-Region accolades, while defender Ashley Moreira was named to the NSCAA/NCAA II All-America Team.

Joy’s 2005 Pioneer squad concluded the season with a 12-6-2 record and a No. 18 national ranking in the final NSCAA/NCAA II poll. TC earned its second NCAA Tournament berth and was the top seed and host for the Southeast Regional. The squad also captured its fourth Food Lion SAC Tournament championship. Five Pioneer players were named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Team, while two players earned All-Region recognition.

In 2004, Tusculum concluded the season with a 14-4-1 overall record and a 6-1 SAC mark, which tied the Pioneers with eventual NCAA Final Four participant Carson-Newman atop the final league standings. When the campaign came to a close, TC had faced five top-25 opponents in a total of six matches, posting a 3-1-1 record in those contests.

In Joy’s debut season in 1997, the Pioneers showed marked improvement with a 10-11-1 record. They followed with a 13-7-2 mark in 1998. After a sluggish 2-4 start, Tusculum won 13 of its last 15 matches en route to a 15-6 showing in 1999. Included in that tally was a 6-2 record and a third place finish in TC’s first season of South Atlantic Conference play.

The 2000 campaign was a new season and a new century for the Pioneers and what a year it was. The Pioneers recorded an impressive 19-3 record, including a perfect 7-0 mark in league play while capturing the SAC regular season and tournament titles. TC outscored the tournament opposition by a 21-0 margin and became only the second SAC squad to win both titles outright in a season and the first to do so since 1991. The 2000 team smashed the record books by establishing or matching 23 team and individual school records, 11 SAC records and one NCAA Division II record.

Joy’s 2001 team took over where the 2000 team left off. The Pioneers captured both the regular season and conference tournament championships for a second consecutive season, finishing with a 16-2-3 overall record and 5-1-1 mark in conference play. Tusculum became the first school in SAC history to win back-to-back outright regular season and tournament titles.

Faced with yet another tough schedule, his 2002 team went 13-7-1, winning a share of its third straight SAC title. The schedule included all three teams that held the No. 1 national ranking that year.

After several years of just missing the cut, Joy’s 2003 team reached the NCAA II Tournament, advancing to the Southeast Region final before bowing out to eventual national champion Kennesaw State. Prior to the season-ending loss, the squad had played some of its finest soccer of the season, putting together four straight shutout wins, including three in the SAC Tournament, to claim its third tournament title in four years.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Joy came to Tusculum after a successful five-year run at Midway College. While at the Midway, Kentucky. school, Joy posted an impressive 86-25-5 record, while capturing five consecutive Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) titles. He also guided the Eagles to a record five NAIA regional championship appearances. Joy’s teams claimed two Mid-South Region titles and earned back-to-back berths in the NAIA National Championships in 1994 and 1995. His squads were also ranked in the NAIA Top 20 during all five seasons, and remarkably, his teams never lost a conference match during his watch.

For his efforts, the 1978 University of Kentucky graduate has earned NAIA District 32, NSCAA/Umbro Midsouth and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year accolades. More impressively, he has been nominated three times for National Coach of the Year consideration.

In 1990, Joy returned to his alma mater to start the women’s soccer program at Kentucky. While competing as a club team, the Wildcats posted a 20-12-2 record during his two seasons in Lexington.

Joy served double-duty on the Pioneer athletics staff for three years, also acting as head coach of the Tusculum men and women’s tennis programs. In his successful three-year run at the net, he accounted for a combined 79-64 record for both programs. The 2000-01 season was his finest, as the men’s squad posted a 13-8 tally and finished third in the South Atlantic Conference. The women’s team also shined that year, as the Pioneers went 13-10 and became the first Tusculum team to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

For his efforts in the 2000-01 season, Joy was honored by his peers as the recipient of the Art Argauer Award, which recognizes the Tusculum College Coach of the Year of the school’s 14 sponsored sports. He earned the Argauer Award again in the 2006-07 campaign.

He is also the director and founder of the “Joy of Soccer” camp, which is in its 24th year in 2017.

Joy and his wife Kathy, who is an academic advisor for the Tusculum Graduate and Profession Studies program, are the parents of three children, Heather, Lesli, and Justin. Heather graduated from Tusculum in 1999 after two seasons as goalkeeper. Lesli is a graduate of Midway College, and Justin currently lives in Lexington, Ky. Coach Joy also has one grandson, Tyler and six granddaughters, Madison, Brooklynn, Jaydan, Briana, Alexa and Tatum.

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Vanessa Fyffe

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Vanessa Fyffe began her second stint on the Tusculum women's soccer staff in the summer of 2020.

Fyffe returned to the Pioneer coaching staff after spending the past two years as assistant coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The 2010 Tusculum graduate succeeded Chelsea Parker, who departed in February to become head coach at Francis Marion University.

While at ULM, Fyffe coached goalkeepers and was heavily involved in recruiting, video breakdown and technical field sessions for the Warhawks, a member of the Division I Sun Belt Conference.

During her first coaching stint at Tusculum from 2013 through 2017, Fyffe helped coach the Pioneers to the 2016 South Atlantic Conference regular-season championship and five SAC Championship tournament appearances, including two trips to the semifinals. She also coached 13 players who received postseason All-Conference honors, while also overseeing the junior varsity program. Two of her goalies, Marissa Williams and Miriah Martin, earned All-SAC honors during Fyffe's first tenure with the Pioneers.

A native of Bellbrook, Ohio, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in sport management with a minor in coaching from Tusculum in 2010. In her playing career, she played 22 games and compiled a 9-6-1 record with a 1.18 goals against average. Her career goals against average ranks as the eighth-best in program history.

As a junior, Fyffe started 16 matches and finished with 61 saves and a 1.26 goals against average spanning 1,355 minutes of playing time. That year, Fyffe was in goal when the Pioneers upset seventh-ranked Columbus State by a 2-1 score in Greeneville to win the Southeast Region championship and advance to the Elite Eight. She was a member of three Tusculum teams that appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance in her senior season, and was a member of the SAC Commissioner Honor Roll and Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Fyffe returned to Tusculum in 2013 after three seasons as an assistant coach at Division III Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where she worked with the Greyhound goalkeepers. She also assisted in practice planning, recruiting, fundraising and off-season workouts during her time at Moravian. At Moravian, the Greyhounds made three straight appearances in the Landmark Conference Tournament, twice in the league semifinals along with one berth in the championship match.

Fyffe has also gained valuable coaching experience through her work with the Joy of Soccer Camp held each summer at Tusculum, along with the Mommy and Me Soccer Program for youth in the Bethlehem area. Fyffe has also been involved with Play for the Cure to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

She received a United Soccer Coaches National Diploma in 2017, along with regional and state goaltending diplomas. Fyffe, who was a licensed FIFA referee for 10 years, earned her Masters of business administration degree from Moravian in 2012.

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Michaela Myhre

Michaela Myhre was added to the TU women's soccer sideline as a graduate assistant coach in the fall of 2020.

Myhre was a midfielder for the University of Texas Permian Basin NCAA Division II women's soccer program, playing in 16 games. She is credited with four shots, including one on goal, across 190 minutes of action for the Falcons. While at the Odessa, Texas institution, she was named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Honor Roll, President's List, and Dean's List.

Off the field, Myhre worked all across the UTPB campus. She served as a campus recreation assistant, resident assistant, and financial aid office assistant. Myhre recently interned in the strength and conditioning department, with a primary focus on the Falcons' women's soccer, volleyball, and football teams. Additionally, she was employed by RG3 Concessions.

Myhre graduated in Spring 2020 from UTPB with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology-sports studies with a psychology minor. The Round Rock, Texas native attended East View High School where she was three-time team captain and accumulated numerous honors: Academic All-State, Academic All-District, National Honor Society, and "A" Honor Roll.

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