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Union University

Union University Athletic Department
1050 Union University Drive Jackson, TN 38305
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small Competitive team

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Josh Alford

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Anna Hardin

Anna Hardin (pronounced AH nah) is entering her third season at Union. She was named the interim head coach in August 2021 following two years as the assistant coach. Hardin came to Union in June 2019, having previously served two seasons as the assistant women's soccer coach and three seasons as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Oxford College of Emory University.


In September of 2020, Hardin earned a United States Soccer Federation National ā€˜Dā€™ License. She also earned a United Soccer Coaches - Professional Certification in Finishing and Goalkeeping, as well as, a certification for assistant coach.


During her time at Oxford College of Emory University, the worked in many areas of coaching in both soccer and tennis. She planned and ran practices, helped develop skills of players, helped with game preparation, statistical analysis, recruiting, and team management.


Hardin's career also includes being an instructor within the Center of Healthful Living at Oxford College of Emory University. She holds a goalkeeping diploma from the United Soccer Coaches Association of America and is also certified in CPR and AED with the American Heart Association.


As a tennis coach, Hardin coach the men's team to four consecutive national tournaments, while helping lead the women's team to three national tournaments.


Hardin is a 2015 graduate of Valdosta State University where she earned a BFA degree in art education. She was a goalkeeper for the Blazers' inaugural season in 2011 and second season in 2012.


She is a 2011 graduate of South Forsyth High School. She started three years as varsity keeper, was named all-county twice, Best Defender twice, and earned the Iron Eagle Award. She led her team as captain to the quarterfinals of the state championships.


She also played club soccer for AFC Lightning Elite 93 in Fayetteville, Ga. for three years. She led her team to multiple Atlanta Cup Championships, Nike Norcross Cup Championships, and a Georgia State Cup finalist.


Hardin is from Alpharatta, Georgia and is the daughter of Robert and Pernilla Hardin.

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Bryson Lee

Bryson Lee joined the Union University women's soccer coaching staff in the Spring of 2022 as an assistant coach. Lee brings several years of playing and coaching experience to the staff. To go along with a 5-year college playing career at the NCAA D1 and D2 levels, Lee was a part of the coaching staff at Highland Football Club (Asheville, NC) where she was a coach within the youth academy program. Her focus was goalkeepers where she trained keepers from the ages of 5-18.


Lee played one season for Union in the fall of 2021 after a four year career at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In her graduate season at Union, Lee started all 15 matches for Union, working 1,268 total minutes in goal. She recorded 113 saves and ranked third the Gulf South Conference with a .825 save percentage. Lee was named second team All-GSC and was named to the GSC Honor Roll.


During her four seasons at UNC Asheville, she recorded 136 saves and played 2,684 minutes in goal. In addition to her college career, she played three summers playing for the semi-pro team, WPSL in Asheville City.


Lee prepped at Hunt High where was a multi-sport athlete playing tennis, basketball, soccer, and running track. Lee's accolades include two-time big east defensive player of the year four-time all-conference selection, three-time all-region selection, and two-time all-state selection. Off the field she was the SGA president, and a member of National Honors Society.

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