Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cookeville Native Joins Tech Coaching Staff

Cookeville native Corey Boyd has joined the Tennessee Tech women’s soccer program as an assistant coach, first-year head coach Daniel Brizard has announced.

“It’s great to be back in Cookeville with the opportunity to be involved in the community that gave me the chance to play and coach for several years,” Boyd said. “I enjoy the people I’ll be working with, both the coaching staff and the players, and I look forward to contributing to what I think will be a successful season in Tennessee Tech soccer.”

Boyd’s coaching experience includes acting as the head coach for the U17, U15 and U12 Upper Cumberland United Soccer Club teams, as well as the U17 girls U.C. United Club team. Prior to coaching for U.C. United, Boyd was the acting head coach for the Livingston Crew U17 boys club team and the assistant coach for the Abingdon High School men’s soccer team. In addition to his coaching resume, Boyd spent one season with the Nashville Metros PDL team, after earning a role as a two-year starter for Emory & Henry College as a wing player and striker. A graduate of Cookeville High School, Boyd was a member of the 2002 team that finished the season third in the state and advanced to the semi-final round of the state championship tournament. He was named MVP of the team during his senior season and was also named first-team all-district. Additionally, throughout high school he played club soccer for Cookeville United and was a member of the U19 D2 State Championship team.

“I feel that the addition of Corey will enhance the coaching staff and be beneficial to the team not only during training but also in games,” said Brizard. “Having a product of the local soccer club that has gone on to play at a high level as well as coach in numerous capacities says a lot for the area. We anticipate that Corey will have a positive impact with the team and will help us win an OVC Championship”

The Golden Eagles open the regular season this weekend with matches at Auburn Friday and UT Chattanooga Sunday. The first home match is Sunday, Sept. 5, when Tech hosts UNC Asheville at 3 p.m.