Sunday, June 27, 2010

TTU Hires New Soccer Coach

Daniel Brizard, an assistant coach at LSU for the past five seasons, has been named head coach of the Tennessee Tech women’s soccer team. Brizard, 36, begins his new position July 1. In addition to LSU, Brizard has coached at Florida International University, South Alabama and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

"I’m honored to have this opportunity to coach at Tennessee Tech, and I’m excited about the possibility of competing for championships in the Ohio Valley Conference," Brizard said. "I would like to thank President Bob Bell, Mark Wilson, Frank Harrell and the athletic administration for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to keeping the team moving in the right direction, continuing to see improvement, and winning some OVC Championships," he said.

Brizard has enjoyed a high level of success at LSU, something that TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson expects to continue.

"We’re excited to bring Daniel to Tennessee Tech and we look forward to him leading our women’s soccer team to Ohio Valley Conference championships and continuing the team’s success academically."

At LSU, the Tigers have earned a reputation for their tenacity on the defensive end of the field and Brizard has helped build that reputation while coaching the team’s goalkeepers.
In the past three years, Brizard and the Tigers have won three consecutive SEC Western Division championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years. LSU was 14-4-2 in 2008 and went 15-4-5 last season. The Tigers boasted the top defensive unit in the SEC and posted goals against averages of 0.82 in 2008 and 0.71 in 2009.

Prior to the start of his coaching career, Brizard was a four-year starter and team captain on the men’s soccer team at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from 1991-95. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports performance/exercise science from Berry College in 1995 and spent two years in the Navy before beginning his coaching career in 1998.