Head Coach & Pioneer Soccer School Director
Allen Vital

Allen Vital has completed his seventh season as head men's soccer coach at Tusculum in the fall of 2017. In his seven years as TC head coach, he has posted a 58-50-17 record, including 38-24-11 over the last four years combined. His 58 victories as the Pioneer skipper ranks him third all-time in program history behind Tusculum Sports Hall of Famers Tony Castainca (199) and John Eiskamp (113).

Vital, a 1992 Tusculum graduate, returned to his alma mater in December, 2010 after 14 seasons as the head coach at Carson-Newman University. While at the Jefferson City, Tenn. school, Vital amassed an impressive 165-85-19 worksheet, giving him a career coaching mark of 232-118-30, making him the second winningest coach in South Atlantic Conference history. He enters the 2017 campaign with a career SAC worksheet of 99-53-11, which are also the second-most league wins in conference history.

While at Tusculum, he has led the Pioneers to a pair of SAC Tournament titles (2014 & 2016), including 2016 where he guided TC to a 16-4 record, including an impressive 12-0 start to the season, its best as a NCAA II member. Tusculum finished the season ranked 24th in the country and third in the Southeast Region while earning the program its fifth NCAA II postseason berth.

In his first year at Tusculum, Vital earned SAC Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in his career after directing a youthful Pioneer squad to a second-place finish in the conference with a 6-1-2 record. It was the ninth time that a Vital-led team has finished either first or second in the SAC.

In 2014, Vital guided the Pioneers to their first SAC Tournament Championship since 2009, winning three matches away from home after entering the tournament as the sixth seed. During the tournament, the Pioneers won a quarterfinal match at Carson-Newman on a goal in the 88th minute, advanced past Mars Hill in the semifinals on penalty kicks, then defeated 20th-ranked Wingate in double overtime on a goal from Mark Patterson after tying the game with two minutes remaining in regulation.

With a career record of 234-126-36, Vital ranks in the top-30 among active NCAA Division II coaches in both wins and winning percentage (.636). Vital has had 23 All-South Atlantic Conference selections during his seven years at Tusculum, along with All-Region selections Matias Rubio (2011), Guillermo Lazcano (2015) and Andre De Giorgi (2016). Vital recorded his 200th career victory on September 16, 2015 as the Pioneers defeated Queens University of Charlotte 2-0 on the road. He became only the second coach in SAC history with 100 conference wins when the Pioneers blanked Anderson 2-0 on Sep. 23, 2017.

Vital led the Carson-Newman to eight South Atlantic Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), one SAC Tournament title (2005) and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). He has been named SAC Coach of the Year six times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011) and NCAA II Region Coach of the Year on two occasions.

In 2010, Vital guided C-N to a 12-5-1 record, including 8-1 in the league to capture the program’s third straight SAC championship and seventh in a span of eight seasons. It was also C-N’s eighth consecutive winning season with Vital’s teams going 115-31-14, including 49-6-4 in South Atlantic Conference play (.864) during that eight-year span.

Vital led the Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2003 as Carson-Newman went 14-6-3 and 6-1 in league action to win their second SAC title in four years. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated two top-10 teams in UNC Pembroke and USC Spartanburg and advanced to the NCAA II Elite Eight for the first time in school history. C-N lost a hard-fought match to eventual national champion Lynn University. The Eagles finished the season ranked 12th in the final D-II poll in 2003.

He followed that season with yet another successful campaign in 2004 as the Eagles won the SAC title again and was ranked as high as number one in the NSCAA Division II Pool during the season. Coach Vital was named SAC Coach of the Year and Tyler Baldock was selected the SAC Player of the Year as C-N went 17-2-1 for the program’s best winning percentage in school history.

Vital and Baldock repeated those honors in 2005 as the Eagles went 18-2-2 for the most wins in school history as C-N finished the year ranked sixth in the nation. Carson-Newman captured the program’s third straight SAC Championship and its first Food Lion SAC Tournament title in school history. Vital and the Eagles followed with the first four-peat performance in SAC history as C-N posted a 14-2-2 worksheet in 2006 and finished the year ranked 15th in Division II.

Vital and his wife, Christina (who earned her Masters degree from Tusculum in 1994), are the proud parents of three boys Devin Alain, Jean-Pierre and Remi.

Associate Head Coach & Pioneer Soccer School Director
Joshua Scott

Josh Scott was named associate head men's soccer coach in February 2016 following two seasons as assistant coach with the Pioneer program.

Scott, a native of London, England, has coaching experience at all three NCAA levels as well as on the semi-pro circuit with the United Soccer Leagues and the National Premier Soccer League where both organizations compete on the national stage. Scott also has close to a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene on a state, regional and national level, where his current role is with Tennessee's premier soccer club, FC Alliance. At FC Alliance, Scott is the club's head technical director/trainer for all female ECNL players and male ENPL league players who compete at the very top of the playing pyramid for youth soccer in the country.

Over four seasons at Tusculum, Scott has complied an overall record of 34-26-11 and a South Atlantic Conference record of 22-12-7 with a pair of runner-up finishes in the league, one SAC Tournament title, a NCAA Division II Tournament berth and regional and national rankings along the way while beating nationally ranked opponents each season with the program.

For 2017 the Pioneers were picked 2nd in the SAC in the pre-season polls behind 2016 national champions, Wingate University. They began the 2017 campaign picked #23 in the national ranking poll by United Soccer Coaches and we’re entering the 2017 season with a lot of new faces after coming off a special 2016 that saw them graduate 10 seniors. 2017 proved to be a rebuilding year and a learning campaign for the Pioneers after they had achieved the largest recruitment class (29) in program history for the 2017-2018 year which included 22 freshman. This still didn’t stop the Pioneers from being close to breaking records, they ended the 2017 season 2-8-6 overall and 2-4-4 in the SAC where they was one tie away from the NCAA record. The Pioneers experienced 7 overtime games, 6 ties and 6 one goal losses, all while facing a tough game schedule that saw the young Pioneers early on in the season come up against three nationally ranked opponents and the 2016 peach belt conference champions, Lander University who eventually was a 2017 NCAA participant who finished their season #13 nationally ranked, all four games came in a 10 day period. The challenging schedule also produced 7 opponents who were nationally ranked at some point during the season where 5 of them punched their ticket to the 2017 NCAA championships. Memorable results were against nationally ranked #11 Young Harris College (NCAA sweet 16) and #13 Lincoln Memorial University (NCAA first round) where both games ended in ties. Academically the Pioneers had 24 squad members make the Tusculum Athletic Directors Honor Roll list and produced an overall team GPA of 3.036.

In 2016, the Tusculum men's soccer program achieved a runner-up finish in the league and a NCAA postseason appearance with a 16-4 record and a conferece worksheet of 8-3. The 2016 season was one to remember as the Pioneers made history by winning 12 straight matches to start the season and being one of only two undefeated NCAA II programs at that point, along with fellow SAC member and eventual national champion Wingate. The 12-0 start was the best opening to a campaign since Tusculum became a NCAA II member. The Pioneers were ranked as high as seventh in the country and were the top-ranked team in the region with victories over 2015 national champion Pfeiffer and in-state rival Lincoln Memorial to capture the program its league-leading sixth SAC Tournament crown.
The 2016 campaign saw many individual, regional and national accolades including a SAC Tournament MVP, a SAC Elite 18 Award winner, two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and All-Conference and All-Region selections. The Pioneers finished the season ranked 24th in the country and third in the region.

In 2015, the program finished in the top half of the conference with a 9-6-2 overall record and 6-4-1 mark in the SAC, with memorable wins against 19th-ranked Wingate while leading the league with the most shutouts. On two occasions, Tusculum was ranked in the top-10 in the region and collected multiple individual conference, regional and national accolades along the way, with the most impressive being German striker Jonathan Spicher earning Academic All-American honors.

Scott played for a number of professional academies and then semi-professional clubs as an inspiring professional soccer player where he eventually held professional status as a player in 2005 when he was a member of the nationwide conference club, Hucknall Town. As a player in England, Scott had experiences with Derby County, Mansfield Town, Hucknall Town, Ilkeston Town and also had a short stint in the 2nd division of Finland before heading to the states to pursue further higher education opportunities and a new chapter of soccer.

Assistant Coach
Richard Da Siva
Assistant Coach
Steve Crouch

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