Head Coach: Brett Armstrong
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brett Armstrong will begin his first season as the Trevecca women's soccer coach in the fall of 2007. Armstrong is the program's third coach and the 2007-2008 season will be the program's eighth season of existence.
Armstrong is well known in Middle Tennessee soccer circles. He led the Christ Presbyterian Academy boys’ and girls’ high school soccer teams for nine seasons (1998-2007) with great success. Armstrong had a career record of 221-98-22 prior to the season being completed.
Armstrong led the CPA boys’ team to the A/AA State Championship in 1999 and has led CPA teams to four district championships, three regional championships, and four sectional championships. The CPA boy’s A/AA State Championship in 1999 represents the only State title for a team from the Midstate in that classification. Armstrong began his coaching career in middle school at CPA in 1993 and has spent the last 15 years coaching at the Brentwood, Tennessee school.
Armstrong coached numerous all-state players and many future collegiate players while at CPA. Some of the players who went on to play college soccer are Dustin and Ryan Walker (Lipscomb); Tommy Nelms (Maryville); Chris Peak (Belmont Abbey); Cooper Wallace (played football at Auburn and ended last season with the Titans); Whitney Southard (Appalachian State); Haley Averette (Alabama-Huntsville); Leigh Graham (Covenant); Kimberly Price (now at Trevecca after playing at Belmont); Brittany Lee was a Wendy’s High School Heisman finalist in 2004.
Trevecca Athletic Director Alan Smith says of Armstrong, "Brett brings a tremendous set of soccer tools which will allow our program to take that next step. His presence on campus in a teaching capacity allows him a unique view of our program that most first-year coaches aren't afforded. He already has a relationship with many members of the team, and with those relationships combined with his leadership skills and knowledge of the game of soccer, we see great things unfolding on and off the field of play."
Trevecca President Dan Boone knows Armstrong brings the complete package, "Brett brings to our soccer program a love for the game, a commitment to academic excellence, and a devotion to Jesus Christ He will imprint our athletes for lives of meaningful service to God."
Armstrong believes that the TNU women's soccer program is ready for great things. He says, "I think Mark Champion and David Cordero De Jesus made great strides with the program over the last three years. They've furthered a solid foundation upon which I hope to continue to build. I’m excited about the opportunity to coach a great group of young women who have expectations of success on the field and are deeply committed to Trevecca, their teammates, and their relationship with God."
Armstrong is also grateful for his time at CPA. "I had 15 great years at CPA, years filled with relationships that literally changed my life, but I truly feel called to this new challenge here at Trevecca, and I'm anxious to see how God will use the game of soccer to speak profoundly into all of our lives."
Armstrong will continue is role as a full-time associate professor of history and political science at Trevecca. It is a role he has served in since 2001. He arrived at Trevecca shortly after finishing graduate school at Vanderbilt University where he earned his Ph.D. Armstrong completed is master’s in history at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.
Armstrong is a favorite professor who teaches variety of courses: World Civ, European History, 20th Century Europe, Modern Britain, Reformations and Revolutions, History of Russia, Contemporary Political Thought, American Political Institutions, and Historical Research.
His popular Federal Seminar allows him to take a group of 10 students to Washington D.C. for a week each January. Another popular class venture was a 9-day trip with 13 students to Ireland in the spring of 2007 when he led a course dealing with “The History and Politics of Northern Ireland”.
Armstrong grew up in Atlanta area where he graduated from Redan high school in Stone Mountain, Ga. in 1982.
He was a highly decorated player at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He holds the Blue Hose career record for assists. In 1985 he was selected to the Adidas Academic All-American first team (encompassing all levels of NAIA and NCAA), Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, All-District, NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete, and All-District Scholar-Athlete. Possibly the most prestigious award for Armstrong in 1985 was his selection as the Red Myers Award recipient. The award was given to the most outstanding student-athlete in NAIA District 6 each year. Armstrong was a 3-time (83, 84, 85) NAIA District 6 Scholar-Athlete.
Armstrong his wife Leslie and their three children; Jacob, Alex (andra) and Connor reside in Franklin, Tenn. and are members at Christ Community church there.