Director of Athletics Jim Hardy has announced the hiring of Daniel Branley as the new head coach to lead Campbellsville Lady Tiger soccer.
Branley replaces Thom Jones after he resigned in December. He is making Campbellsville home after working as an assistant at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee the last three seasons.
“We are excited to announce Daniel Branley as the coach who will lead the next generation of Lady Tiger Soccer,” said Hardy. “His enthusiasm and passion for soccer and his desire to lead this program is second only to his devotion in his relationship to God. With the new fieldhouse breaking ground yesterday and Coach Branley starting today, it’s an exciting time around Lady Tiger soccer.”
In the last couple seasons as an assistant at for the men’s and women’s programs, Branley has helped lead the Lions to an Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season in 2015-16 and the men’s program backed that up with a 16-3-3 record in 2016-17 to earn their fourth appearance in the NAIA Championship Tournament. The Lions ranked nationally in a myriad of stats, had three players recognized as NAIA All-Americans, and six earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In his first year aiding the Lady Lions in 2016-17, it was also the first year with head coach Paul Babba at the helm. The women’s soccer team saw their winningest season in recorded history with an overall record of 10-10-2 and 5-5 mark in conference play, while also finishing as Runner-Up in the AAC Tournament.
This past year, the Lady Lions went 12-7 overall and 9-2 in AAC play en route to winning the first-ever AAC regular season title. Bryan lost a heartbreaker to Martin Methodist College in the NAIA Championship, 1-0, in overtime.
“During the interview process I was drawn to the mission of the university and excited by the ambition shown in the athletics department,” said Branley. “It is clear there is a lot of support for the women’s soccer program from both the administration and overall community. I have been extremely impressed with the unity among the athletics staff and I am excited to become part of the team at Campbellsville University.”
Branley has also had a chance to develop his coaching skills at the youth level by working at Middle Valley Soccer Association in Chattanooga, Tenn. Before accepting the position at CU, He helped coach youth soccer for the Chattanooga Football Club Academy.
Prior to playing at Bryan College from 2011-2014, Branley competed for academies in England. While at BC, Branley earned many individual playing accolades as a part of the men’s soccer program — AAC Regular Season MVP, NAIA All-East Region First Team, AAC Tournament MVP, AAC Offensive Player of the Year, and multiple AAC Player of the Week awards.
In his junior year, he finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation for game winning goals (10) and received All-American honors. Daniel was part of the 2013 AAC regular season and tournament championship winning side.
Overall throughout his career, Branley scored 35 career goals, including 16 his junior season. He also accounted for 82 total points for the Lions.
Branley holds the NSCAA National Diploma and USSF National D license and is currently working towards the C license. He’s also furthering his education by studying for his master’s degree in Sports Management through Bryan.
The Lady Tigers are coming off their first losing season since 2007. CU finished 2017 with a 7-11-1 record and went 4-2-1 inside the Mid-South Conference. CU returns its leading scorer from this past season in Rachel Blumfeldt and seven of the 11 starters from this past season.
Campbellsville women’s soccer does have a new recruiting tool to its advantage, as the Lady Tigers will have a new fieldhouse starting in 2019-20 as the groundbreaking for a 24,000 square foot facility was hosted on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
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