Former Piedmont Head Coach Stephen Andrew was named the head coach of the Valdosta State soccer program in January 2017.
"I am very pleased to have Stephen join our soccer program as head coach," stated Reinhard. "He built a tremendous program at Piedmont, one that enjoyed great success both on and off the field. His 10 years of experience as a head coach will be an asset for our young team. I am really excited about having him with us.”
Andrew began his career at Huntingdon College in 2007 and promptly led his team to the Great South Athletic All-Conference quarterfinals on the field. In addition, the team thrived off the field and netted an NSCAA Team Academic Award. The success resulted in a transition to Piedmont one year later, which kicked off a nine-year career that included an extensive list of honors. The Lions won the 2016 USA South Conference Championship in 2016 for the fourth conference championship during Andrew’s tenure, and the program appeared in the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times.
Piedmont’s record under the guidance of Andrew resulted in 136 wins against just 42 losses and eight ties. He was named the Great South Conference Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame during an eventful 2011 year, and he led his teams to NSCAA Team Academic Awards during each of his nine seasons.
Prior to the start of his coaching career, the Falkirk, Scotland native made three appearances on the U-17 Scottish National team before making a transition to Piedmont, where he set school records for career goals (113) and goals in a season (33). During his playing career as a Lion, he won three conference championships and was named conference Player of the Year during four seasons.
“I’m very excited to join the Blazer family,” said Andrew. “It’s a program that’s been successful during previous years and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try and get it back to those heights. After serving as a player and a coach for almost 15 years, leaving Piedmont was a very tough decision for me, but this is a great opportunity in my career to have a chance to step up and start competing hard at the Division II level.”