New men’s soccer coach engages with competitive spirit
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s newest coach, head men’s soccer coach Michael Dye, is ready for the beginning of Barons soccer season next month.
Student-athletes arrive on campus August 2, and their first scrimmage against USC-Salkehatchie is August 14 at 4 p.m. on the Mount Vernon campus.
Dye, 26, joined the Barons coaching staff in February, and he is entering his first season as a head coach with optimism and excitement.
“It’s exciting,” said Dye. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach. That’s what I’ve been working hard on becoming. I have worked under two really great head coaches; coaches who have won numerous coaching awards, including coach of the year at the national, regional, and conference level. In addition, our teams have done very well at the national and conference level, reaching post-season four times and appearing in three national tournaments. It was a great mentorship and experience – to see how things are run within a successful soccer program.”
At West Texas A&M University (WT), where Dye was the assistant coach for one year (2009-2010), the soccer team ended the season with the program’s highest national ranking of #3 in the final regular season polls, a 15-2-2 record, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA National Tournament. At his alma mater, MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU), the soccer team was ranked as high as 12th in the national polls and turned out nine All-Americans, two Scholar All-Americans, 13 All-Region, and 16 All-Conference athletes. He served three years, 2006-2009, as a graduate assistant to the men’s soccer coach at MNU.
Dye believes the Barons will see post-conference play this year. The men’s soccer team ended their 2009 season 3-12-3.
“My expectations are very high (for the Barons men’s soccer team),” said Dye. “I feel that the chemistry between the players is there. I think that’s very important for the team to succeed. We will take it game by game with the main focus on taking it to post-season (conference and the national tournament).”
“I’m a coach and a person that doesn’t settle for mediocrity,” adds Dye. “I want to win at all costs but without sacrificing sportsmanship. I want that competitive nature to be contagious to my players.”
Thirteen new players will join the returning players to make an international team. The 2010 Barons Men’s Soccer Team is comprised of players from Georgia, Florida, Scotland, Guatemala, Uruguay, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago. The first day of practice is August 4. Jason Baxley of Baxley returns as the Dye’s student assistant and two internship positions are to be determined.
In addition to recruiting, Dye has been busy researching the history of the Barons soccer team since February. He wants to build on that history by keeping the alumni informed and plugged in to the campus through updates and a new website.
“There is a lot of history here and a lot of alumni,” said Dye. “Our very first season was in 1990. We have had some good years, and some mediocre years. I’d like to bring back those good years… consistently.
The new Athletic Department website, www.gobaronsgo.com, is scheduled to go live in September. Dye has also accepted the additional responsibilities of Sports Information Director and will keep the website up to date with the assistance of the Barons coaching staff and the college’s director of news and public information. Stay tuned to the college’s Facebook page and the college’s main website, www.bpc.edu, for more launch information.
An exceptional player in his college years, Coach Dye played goalkeeper at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. He transferred his sophomore year and went on to play goalkeeper for the next three years at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He left MNU with numerous honors including: NAIA 3rd Team All-American, NAIA All-Region, First-Team All-Conference, Conference Defensive and Overall MVP, two-time NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Honorable Mention All-American, and NCCAA All-Region. Dye graduated from MNU having set numerous goalkeeping records. In three seasons, he posted 26 career shutouts and attained a 1.04 career goals-against average. Dye played in every match for the Pioneers, accumulating an overall career record of 43-16-5.
In addition to MNU and WT, Dye also coached for one season with the Kansas City Legends Soccer Club. After one year, he went on to become the club director for the Gardner Legends Soccer Club, overseeing the development of six teams. He has also worked with both boys and girls in their development as Christian athletes with the Chicago Eagles in sports ministry.
Dye holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in professional counseling from MNU. He also holds a National Diploma from the NSCAA.
He and his wife, Jayme, reside in Mount Vernon.
A complete 2010 season schedule is posted on www.bpc.edu/athletics/soccer_mens. Admission to the games is free. Fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as seating is limited.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.