Grant will coach men's team
LEBANON -- Cumberland Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced changes in the Phoenix soccer programs Thursday, with Adam Grant taking over the head coaching duties of the men's program and Brian Davies taking over the head coach responsibility for the women's team effective immediately.
Grant takes the place of Rory O'Connor, who spent the last four years with the men's team and one season as head coach.
O'Connor is returning to his native Ireland with his wife, who has found difficulties securing a US Visa after the couple were married last summer.
"We are very sorry to see Rory leave our program, but these moves will certainly give our soccer programs continuity in this time of transition," Pavan said.
"Adam has done a tremendous job with our women's program as an assistant and head coach and Brian has a proven track record as a head coach a three other schools."
Grant has spent five years with the Cumberland women's program, the last two as head coach, leading the Phoenix to the NAIA National Tournament and a victory in the NAIA Championship Opening Round this season. CU finished 13-5-2 in 2016 and registered a 22-14-2 record during his two years as head coach.
He was also a graduate assistant for two seasons and a full-time assistant for one under Gavin McKinney, with Cumberland posting a 52-11-2 mark and Mid-South Conference regular season and conference tournament titles along with national tournament appearances in all three campaigns. CU won NAIA Championship Opening Round matches in all three years and reached the quarterfinals of the national tourney in 2014.
Davies has served the last two years as an assistant coach with the women's program, helping the Phoenix to this year's NAIA National Tournament. He has three previous head coaching stops at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., Caldwell College in Caldwell, N.J., and Southeast High School in Bradenton, Fla.
He registered a 32-10 mark in two seasons at Green Mountain, earning Mayflower Conference and NSCAA/adidas Region X Coach of the Year honors. The Eagles were ranked No. 1 in the region and ranked in the Top 20 nationally during both seasons, making an NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2001.
He then moved to Caldwell College for two seasons, collecting an 18-19-2 mark, including 11-8-2 in 2004, the program's first winning season. The Cougars posted the first conference tournament win for the program and received the first-ever bid to the ECAC Tournament for Caldwell.
In three seasons at Southeast High School, he posted a 34-10-8 mark, including an 11-win improvement in his first campaign. The Seminoles won a district championship and reached the region semifinals in 2011.