published Friday, March 14th, 2014

Courtney new Bryan soccer coach

Drew Courtney is moving from one area college to another in moving up to head coach.

Courtney, a former Chattanooga Christian School and Lander University standout, is leaving after three years as an assistant coach at Covenant College to take over for Joey Johnson at Bryan College. He was the chief assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Scots.

"I am excited about the future of our men's soccer program under Coach Courtney," Bryan athletic director Taylor Hasty said in a release from the Dayton school. "He will be a great fit for us here at Bryan and do a great job not only as a soccer coach but also as the mentor for the young men in our program."

Hasty mentioned the strong tradition of Lions soccer under Sandy Zensen and then Johnson in the last nearly quarter-century, "and I am excited to watch it continue under the leadership of Drew Courtney."

Courtney was a four-year starting midfielder at Lander and helped lead the NCAA Division II school in South Carolina to three consecutive national tournaments, including one quarterfinal appearance. He later played for the Southern California Seahorses and Mississippi Brilla in the Premier Development League and with the Chattanooga Football Club in the National Premier Soccer League.

Belhaven went 26-6-5 in the two years he served as an assistant at the Mississippi school, according to the Bryan release, before moving back to his hometown.

"I am thankful to Taylor and the administration for their trust in me to lead the men's soccer program," Courtney said. "Coach Johnson and Coach Zensen have set a high standard both on the field and off of it. I am honored to follow such great men and lead a program with such great tradition."

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