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Head Coach & Pioneer Soccer School Director
Allen Vital

Allen Vital begins his sixth season as head men's soccer coach at Tusculum College in the fall of 2016.

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 one of finest coaching careers in South Atlantic Conference and NCAA Division II history. In his 14 seasons, he led the Eagles to an impressive 165-85-19 worksheet, which is the best coaching record at Carson-Newman, making him the second winningest coach in league history.

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 games away from home after entering the tournament as the sixth seed. During the tournament, the Pioneers won a quarterfinal game at Carson-Newman on a goal in the 88th minute, beat Mars Hill in the semifinals on penalty kicks, then defeated 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 206-114-30, Vital ranks in the top 30 among active NCAA Division II coaches in both wins and winning percentage (.634). Vital has had 16 All-South Atlantic Conference selections during his five years at Tusculum, along with a pair of NSCAA All-Region selections in defenders Matias Rubio (2011) and Guillermo Lazcano (2015). Vital recorded his 200th career victory on September 16, 2015 as the Pioneers defeated Queens University of Charlotte 2-0 on the road.

Vital led the Eagles to eight South Atlantic Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) 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 (2003, 2005).

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 the last eight seasons. It was also C-N’s eighth consecutive winning season with Vital’s teams going 115-31-14 (.763), 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 Division 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 (.875).

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.

C-N’s bid for a fifth straight league crown was halted in 2007, but the Eagles still finished the season ranked 13th in the country and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year.

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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 and is now heading into his fourth season overall at Tusculum.

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. Scott also has close to a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene on a state 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 ECNL and ENPL league players who compete at the very top of the playing pyramid for youth soccer in the country.

Over three seasons, Scott has complied an overall record of 32-18-5 and a South Atlantic Conference record of 20-8-3 with a pair of runner-up finishes in the league, one SAC Tournament title, a NCAA Division II Tournament berth with regional and national rankings along the way while beating nationally ranked opponents each season with the program.

In 2016, the TC 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 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 returned to Tusculum in February, 2015 after serving the 2014 season at NCAA Division I Big South Conference member Longwood University. While at the Farmville, Virginia school, he served as the Lancers’ top assistant coach. He assisted in all aspects of the program, including coordinating all overseas and domestic recruitment efforts, team travel, player development, on-field coaching assignments, scouting reports, film analysis, academic monitoring and mentoring and all the day-to-day operations of a NCAA DI soccer program. Scott gained valuable coaching experiences coming up against the likes of Virginia Tech, Navy and Coastal Carolina, this put Scott in good stead on his drop back down to NCAA DII and his return to the pioneer nation.

Prior to Longwood, he served as co-founder and director of coaching of the boys and girls U9-U20 teams at the Knoxville Soccer Academy for close to 4 years. Scott was given the responsibility of being the main scouting contact in Tennessee for the United Soccer Leagues Super Y program, he was also a USL national staff coach and national scout for identifying talent for the national USL Olympic Development program held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL which is the home of the USA U17 national team residency program.

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