Bryan College announced the hiring of Eric Kwame Appiah as the Head Coach of the Women's Soccer program, marking just the fourth Head Women's Soccer Coach since women's soccer became an NAIA sport at Bryan in fall of 1997 under Head Coach Mark Neddo.
Kwame, a native of Asamankese, Ghana comes to Bryan after spending the last five years as an assistant coach for neighboring NCAA Div. II Lee University's men's soccer program.
"I am very ecstatic to be joining the Bryan College family as the Head Women's Soccer Coach," said Kwame. "I am strongly aware of the rich tradition of the college, the athletic department, and the women's soccer program. The combination of Christian values, a competitive environment, and a commitment to excellence and to developing student-athletes to be their absolute best both on and off the field makes Bryan College a very unique place."
His experience on the professional, collegiate, and international stage will only add to the already top-ranked Lady Lions. In addition to playing professionally in Ghana, he took his talents to Mount Vernon, Ohio where he competed for current NAIA and Crossroads League member Mount Vernon Nazarene University, earning numerous accolades competing as a standout center-back for the Cougars. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Mount Vernon in Exercise Science before going to Tiffin, Ohio and applying himself both on the field as a graduate assistant and in the classroom, giving way to a Masters of Arts in Education from Heidelberg University.
Kwame will be over by a young and highly skilled team recognized by the NAIA, as the Lions received votes in the final Women's Soccer Coaches' Top-25 poll last season, just missing a top-25 ranking. It marks the first time since Sept. 21, 2010 that the Lions have received votes.
Kwame mentioned, "It is clear there is a lot of support for the Women's Soccer program from both the administration and the overall community of Dayton. I have been tremendously impressed with the unity among the Athletic staff, and I am eager to become part of the team at Bryan College."
Kwame and his wife Effie-Ann currently reside in Chattanooga and are expecting their first child in July.
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