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.
Ben Munger begins his first season as Assistant Coach at Tennessee Wesleyan. Munger come to Wesleyan from Maryville College where he was the four year starting goalkeeper from 2011-2015. While playing there, the team went 36-24-7, and at one point was ranked 14th nationally. During his time as goalkeeper, Munger was ranked nationally by the NCAA in Goals Against Average (0.666 ranked 26th) and Save Percentage (0.885 ranked 3rd), named to the Great South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman team. Sophomore, junior, and senior year he was named to the USA South Academic All-Conference team. In addition, in his senior year he was named the USA South Goalkeeper of the Year.
Coaching Experience: Served as Goalkeeper Coach for both of Maryville High School's soccer programs, including the 2015 girls season when the girls accumulated 11 shutouts in their 17-1-2 season (the best in school history), which ended with a loss in the state semifinals. 2 years experience as a GK Coach for FC Alliance in Knoxville.
SENIOR: Started 16 of the 16 games totaling 1428 minutes, and he finished with a 0.69 GAA. He recorded 6 shutouts and amassed 62 saves for a save percentage of .849. Ben was named to the USA South All-Conference 1st team, and was once again named to the USA South Academic All-Conference team. Ben was again ranked nationally by the NCAA in save percentage (ranked 33) 0.849, and in goals against average (ranked 41) 0.643. Ben was the teams recipient of the USA South Sportsmanship Award.
JUNIOR: Munger started 15 of the 17 games totaling 1300 minutes, and he finished the season with a 1.25 GAA. He recorded 3 shutouts and amassed 63 saves for a save percentage of .778. For his excellent work in the classroom Ben was once again named to the USA South Academic All-Conference team.
SOPHOMORE: Munger played in every minute of every game, and he finished the season with a 1.27 GAA recording 97 saves for a save percentage of .802. For his excellent work in the classroom Ben was named to the USA South Academic All-Conference team.
FRESHMAN: He was ranked nationally by the NCAA in goals against average (0.666 ranked 26th), save percentage (0.885 ranked 3rd), and saves per game (4.91 ranked 145th). Ben was named to the GSAC All-Freshman team as a result of his strong performances in the Scots goal.
Four-year record: 40-26-8 overall, 23-13-3 in conference.
MC All-time records:
#5 in career shutouts with 17
#6 in shutouts in season with 6 (2014)
#2 in goals allowed in a season with 7 (2011)
#4 in goals allowed in a season with 11 (2014)
#6 in goals allowed in a season with 18 (2013)