Men's Soccer
Overall: 1-0 AAC: 0-0 Streak: Won 1
2015 Men's Soccer Coaches
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Stephen Lyons
Head Coach- 8th Season

Coach Stephen Lyons enters his seventh year as head coach for the men's soccer team at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

In the previous 6 seasons he has guided the team to 2 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular season titles, 1 AAC tournament conference championship and 1 NAIA National Tournament appearance.  In 2011 TWC received their highest ranking nationally, reaching 24th in the Nation.  The team has been recognized athletically and academically throughout conference, region and at the national level.

During his tenure he has had 15 AAC first team all-conference players and 2 freshman players of the year.  In the past four seasons TWC’s overall record is 46-22-8 with a winning percentage of 66%, and their AAC record is 24-4-3 with an 82% winning percentage.   Many current and former players have represented teams in the Premier Development League (PDL) and National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

Coach Lyons is originally from Middlesbrough, England and is a TWC graduate having played from 1998-2002.  Lyons graduated from TWC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  He was the captain of the team that went to the National Tournament in 2001.  As a player Coach Lyons has been recognized with awards for All Conference, All Region and All-American. He went on to play two seasons in the New Zealand National League.  Following his stint in New Zealand he returned to England to coach at Middlesbrough F.C’s Youth Academy who were under the umbrella of the senior team, a premier league outfit managed by ex-England manager Steve McClaren.

Prior to his return, Lyons was graduate assistant coach for both men’s and women’s teams at the University of Saint Mary (Kansas) from 2006-08 where he received his MBA.

He holds the UEFA "B" license and the USSF "C" license.  Coach Lyons was head coach of the Knoxville Force NPSL Team and holds the clubs highest winning percentage in the clubs history.  He also coaches with the Tennessee State Olympic Development Program.

Coach Lyons resides in Athens with his wife Kristen and daughter, Eva.

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Danny McBride
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

McBride comes to Tennessee Wesleyan from Eastern Florida State College where he worked with the men’s soccer team. The Titan’s posted a 13-3-1 overall record last season with an undefeated home slate. Eastern Florida claimed the Region 8 title and fell in the finals of the Region 10 championship match.

He trained an NJCAA First Team All-American as well as an NJCAA and NSCAA Second Team All-American. Many student-athletes earned spots on NCAA Division I programs after finishing their Titan careers and several more were invited to participate in Pro Combines.

His duties at Eastern Florida included daily training sessions and game day operations. He also had responsibilities with recruiting and working with soccer camps and clinics.

Prior to his arrival at Eastern Florida, McBride was an assistant coach for his alma mater King University in Bristol, Tenn. The Tornados advanced to three straight Conference Carolinas post season appearances and were awarded the NSCAA Team Academic Award. In 2013, the Tornados upset the Conference Carolinas No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

In his time at King, three student-athletes were named NSCAA All-Southeast Region Players, 12 were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference team, 11 student-athletes earned Conference Carolina “Player of the Week” honors while 14 student-athletes were named to the Conference Carolina All-Academic team.

McBride’s also worked with the FC Dallas TRI as the head coach and Academy Site director coordinating coaching clinics and training sessions for players U6-U16. He served as an assistant coch for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program and was founder and camp director of the Twin Tornado Soccer Camp.

McBride played for the King University Tornado men’s soccer team from 2007-2010 as a midfielder and defenseman. He was a part of two Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament champion teams after the Tornado won titles in 2007 and 2008 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2008. In 2009, McBride was named an NCCAA Scholar-Athlete and won the 2010-11 Team Hardcore Award and in the same offseason was named Region Athlete of the Year, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Prior to coming to King, McBride played in the academies of two Scottish premier leagues for seven years. From 2001-2004, he played with the Dundee United F.C. and then moved to the Dundee F.C. where he played until 2007. He went on to play one season with Arboath F.C. in the Scottish Second Division where he represented Tayside Region Select Team and the Scottish Schoolboys U18 National Team.

McBride is a 2011 graduate of King College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. In 2014 he received his Masters of Business Administration Specialization in Marketing and Finance.

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Kevin Cardona
Student Assistant- 1st Season
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Ross Nelson
Volunteer Assistant- 1st Season