Tusculum University

Tusculum Athletic Department
60 Shiloh Road Greeneville, TN 37743
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
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Allen Vital

Allen Vital is entering his eighth season as head men's soccer coach at Tusculum in the fall of 2018. In his seven years as Tusculum head coach, he has posted a 58-50-17 record, including 38-24-11 over the last four years combined. His 58 victories as the Pioneer skipper ranks him third all-time in program history behind Tusculum Sports Hall of Famers Tony Castainca (199) and John Eiskamp (113).

Vital, a 1992 Tusculum graduate, returned to his alma mater in December, 2010 after 14 seasons as the head coach at Carson-Newman University. While at the Jefferson City, Tennessee school, Vital amassed an impressive 165-85-19 worksheet, giving him a career coaching mark of 232-118-30, making him the second winningest coach in South Atlantic Conference history. He enters the 2018 campaign with a career SAC worksheet of 101-57-15, which are also the second-most league wins in conference history.

While at Tusculum, he has led the Pioneers to a pair of SAC Tournament titles (2014 & 2016), including 2016 where he guided the Pioneers to a 16-4 record, including an impressive 12-0 start to the season, its best as a NCAA II member. Tusculum finished the season ranked 24th in the country and third in the Southeast Region while earning the program its fifth NCAA II postseason berth.

In his first year at Tusculum, Vital earned SAC Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in his career after directing a youthful Pioneer squad to a second-place finish in the conference with a 6-1-2 record. It was the ninth time that a Vital-led team has finished either first or second in the SAC.

In 2014, Vital guided the Pioneers to their first SAC Tournament Championship since 2009, winning three matches away from home after entering the tournament as the sixth seed. During the tournament, the Pioneers won a quarterfinal match at Carson-Newman on a goal in the 88th minute, advanced past Mars Hill in the semifinals on penalty kicks, then defeated 20th-ranked Wingate in double overtime on a goal from Mark Patterson after tying the game with two minutes remaining in regulation.

With a career record of 234-126-36, Vital ranks in the top-30 among active NCAA Division II coaches in both wins and winning percentage (.636). Vital has had 23 All-South Atlantic Conference selections during his seven years at Tusculum, along with All-Region selections Matias Rubio (2011), Guillermo Lazcano (2015) and Andre De Giorgi (2016). Vital recorded his 200th career victory on September 16, 2015 as the Pioneers defeated Queens University of Charlotte 2-0 on the road. He became only the second coach in SAC history with 100 conference wins when the Pioneers blanked Anderson 2-0 on Sep. 23, 2017.

Vital led the Carson-Newman to eight South Atlantic Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), one SAC Tournament title (2005) and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). He has been named SAC Coach of the Year six times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011) and NCAA II Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (2003, 2005).

In 2010, Vital guided C-N to a 12-5-1 record, including 8-1 in the league to capture the program’s third straight SAC championship and seventh in a span of eight seasons. It was also C-N’s eighth consecutive winning season with Vital’s teams going 115-31-14 (.763), including 49-6-4 in South Atlantic Conference play (.864) during that eight-year span.

Vital led the Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2003 as Carson-Newman went 14-6-3 and 6-1 in league action to win their second SAC title in four years. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated two top-10 teams in UNC Pembroke and USC Spartanburg and advanced to the NCAA II Elite Eight for the first time in school history. C-N lost a hard-fought match to eventual national champion Lynn University. The Eagles finished the season ranked 12th in the final D-II poll in 2003.

He followed that season with yet another successful campaign in 2004 as the Eagles won the SAC title again and was ranked as high as number one in the NSCAA Division II Pool during the season. Coach Vital was named SAC Coach of the Year and Tyler Baldock was selected the SAC Player of the Year as C-N went 17-2-1 for the program’s best winning percentage in school history (.875).

Vital and Baldock repeated those honors in 2005 as the Eagles went 18-2-2 for the most wins in school history as C-N finished the year ranked sixth in the nation. Carson-Newman captured the program’s third straight SAC Championship and its first Food Lion SAC Tournament title in school history. Vital and the Eagles followed with the first four-peat performance in SAC history as C-N posted a 14-2-2 worksheet in 2006 and finished the year ranked 15th in Division II.

C-N’s bid for a fifth straight league crown was halted in 2007, but the Eagles still finished the season ranked 13th in the country and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year.

Vital guided the Eagles to a share of the 2008 league regular season title with Tusculum and followed with the program’s seventh and eighth league crowns in 2009 and 2010.

While at Carson-Newman, Vital mentored 57 All-Conference honorees, including 32 All-Region selections, three All-Americans (Tyler Baldock – three times, Thomas Ostvold, Dario Carrasco), two SAC Players of the Year (Tyler Baldock – twice, Dario Carrasco), one SAC Freshman of the Year (Omar Cooke) and one SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year (Arthur Garnes).

As a player, Vital garnered All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore at Lees-McRae as he led the Bobcats to a pair of NJCAA Region 10 Championships. He played the 1990 and 1991 campaigns at Tusculum, where he was selected to the NAIA All-District 24 both seasons. He led the Pioneers to a combined 26-16-2 record, while capturing the 1990 Tennessee Virginia Athletic Conference Championship and followed with the 1991 NAIA District title.

Vital spent three years as the Coordinator of Special Student Activities and Soccer Coach at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. He holds an Advance National license by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Vital has been very active in youth soccer development throughout the State of Tennessee. He served for several years on the coaching staff of the East Tennessee Soccer Federation and is currently on the coaching staff of the Olympic Development Program for the State of Tennessee. Vital is also the director of coaching and player development for the Lakeway Soccer Club as well as the Star Soccer Academy of Morristown, Tenn.

Vital not only has an outstanding soccer resume, he is also a scholar. Along with a Business Administration degree from Tusculum, he minored in French and Art. Vital is trilingual, speaking English, French and Haitian Creole.

Vital and his wife, Christina (who earned her Masters degree from Tusculum in 1994, are the proud parents of three sons Devin Alain, Jean-Pierre and Remi.

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Jonathan Houghton

Jonathan Houghton is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Tusculum University men's soccer program.

Houghton, a native of Harlow, England, has extensive background in the coaching and sports industry spanning over 10 years.

From 2016-2018 he coached with the the Fury Soccer Club Academy in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also served on the collegiate coaching staff at Bryan College in Tennessee and Bluefield College in Virginia. His coaching talents also carried him to the prep level working on the staff at Rhea County High School in Dayton, Tennessee.

Houghton played his collegiate career at Bryan, where he garnered All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honors all four seasons and led the Lions to a pair of AAC titles in 2008 and 2010 and two AAC Tournament crowns in 2009 and 2010. Bryan advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in his sophomore and junior campaigns and his teams amassed an impressive 53-21-6 overall record including 19-6-3 in league play. The 2010 Lions posted an 18-2-2 record (6-0-1 AAC) while sweeping both the AAC regular season and tournament crowns and advanced to the NAIA National Sweet 16. The Lions finished the year with a No. 9 national ranking.

He holds numerous coaching certifications and is the recipient of both Football Association Level 1 & 2 coaching awards along with English Football Association coaching certifications that align with youth

coaching. He has a USSF E License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Houghton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise health science from Bryan College in 2012. He earned his masters of science degree in athletic coaching educatoin from West Virginia University in 2018.

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Ricardo Da Silva

Ricardo Da Silva is entering his second season on the coaching staff with the Tusculum University men's soccer program.

Da Silva assists with all aspects of the Pioneer program, serving as head coach of the junior varsity program, which posted a perfect 8-0 record last year. He also coordinates the men's soccer strength and conditioning program as serves as the assistant director of the Pioneer Soccer School camp program.

He played his collegiate career at Tusculum from 2013-2016 where he played in 49 matches including 45 starts on the defensive back line. He finished with three goals and two assists for his eight points. In 2016, he was a preseason selection to the All-South Atlantic Conference team. During his four season, the Pioneers posted a 42-26-5 overall record which including two SAC Tournament Championships and a 2016 berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

In his junior season, he led the team playing in 1,559 minutes, tallying two goals for his four points on the year. As a sophomore he earned a spot on the SAC All-Tournament team as he played in every minute in TU's SAC Tournament championship run. He recorded the match-winning assist in Tusculum's 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 20 Wingate in the championship game. TU finished that season with an 11-6-3 overall record. In 2016 during his senior season, Tusculum opened the year with a program-record 12 straight wins and ended the season with a 16-4 record, won the SAC Tournament for a second time in three seasons and finished with a No. 24 national ranking.

Da Silva is very active in youth club soccer and has been a fixture with the very successful Greeneville Galaxy Soccer Association since 2014 where he serves as a technical director and coach. His club experience also includes the Erie (Pa.) Admirals Soccer Club from 2015-2017 where he served as a summer camp coordinator.

Da Silva is fluent in three languages including English, Portuguese and Spanish. He graduated from Tusculum in 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in sport management where he was a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll. He is completing his master of arts degree in teaching (physical education K-12) and is serving as a student teacher at Greeneville High School.

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