Head Coach
David Casper

ETSU Athletics Director Scott Carter announced Thursday that Kentucky assistant David Casper has been named head coach of the Buccaneers’ men’s soccer program.

“David Casper brings great integrity, competitive spirit, and a focus on developing the complete young man to this new role as head coach of ETSU men’s soccer,” Carter said. “His success in Division I college soccer has prepared him well to lead our program to championships in the Southern Conference. Dave’s personality and demeanor are an outstanding fit for our ETSU family. I’m so excited to introduce him to our student-athletes, our coaches, our staff, and our fans.”

“I want to begin by saying how extremely excited I am to be named the next head men’s soccer coach at ETSU,” Casper said. “It is a dream come true for me to lead a program with as strong a history as ETSU. I want to thank President Dr. Brian Noland, Athletic Director Scott Carter, and Senior Associate Athletic Director Mac Hart for entrusting me with this great privilege. I want to also thank Head Coach Johan Cedergren, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, and Executive Associate Athletic Director Kevin Saal for an amazing six years at Kentucky. Without their guidance and leadership I wouldn’t be here today. I will miss my time in Lexington and the people there, but I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life and to lead this Bucs program for years to come.”

In his 10th season overall as a college assistant, Casper was a key factor in elevating the University of Kentucky into one of the top defensive units in the nation, with the stats from the past four seasons to back it up. Kentucky has finished inside the top-20 in the nation in goals against average in four of Casper's five years on UK head coach Cedergren's staff.

In 2017, Casper coached Callum Irving to arguably the best four-year career in school history. With Casper as his goalkeeper coach Irving set the program’s all-time records in shutouts (27) and goals-against average (minimum 2,500 minutes – 0.86). He was an NCAA All-American and Scholar All-American in 2014 and 2015 as a senior. He was also a two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Defensive MVP and Golden Glove award winner. In 2016, having to replace the best goalkeeper in the nation, Stuart Ford was an All-Southeast Region selection.

Casper arrived at St. Francis in 2009, helping the club post a win over the seventh-ranked team in the nation. After a year of working with the team, St. Francis had a breakout season in 2010, winning as school-record 11 games and six in conference play. The team finished with a No. 2 final NSCAA North Atlantic Region ranking and the highest RPI in school annals.

While at St. Francis, Casper worked directly with the goalkeepers, in addition to assisting in all aspects of planning and conducting training sessions, game analysis, scouting, recruiting, team travel, fundraising, equipment management, community relations and academic monitoring.

Before coming to St. Francis, Casper coached as the primary assistant and goalkeepers coach at William Paterson University (Wayne, N.J.). He assisted in planning and conducting training and assisting with the day-to-day management of the program.

Casper spent two seasons (2004-05) working as the assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Timothy Christian High School in Piscataway, N.J., where he was responsible for on-field coaching, planning and conducting training sessions. In 2003, he was the head coach at Somerset Christian Academy in Zarephath, N.J.

He has additional experience as a trainer for the N.Y. Red Bulls Regional Development School (2006-08), where he worked with under-14 field players and goalkeepers. In 2008, he was the trainer for Competitive Goalkeeping in Bridgewater, N.J., training a variety of different ages and levels of keepers.

Casper has a variety of experience in summer camps, coaching at St. Francis, Notre Dame, Navy, Michigan State, Rhode Island and Victory Sports Camps.

Casper had a standout player career as a goalkeeper at Wheaton College (Ill.) and Messiah College (Pa.). While at Wheaton, he had a 0.63 goals-against average in 2001, with five shutouts. After transferring to Messiah College, he served as the starter on the 2002 Division III National Champions, totaling a 0.40 goals-against average and a school-record 16.5 shutouts. In 2006-07, he served as the starting keeper for William Paterson, posting eight shutouts. Following his collegiate career, Casper had a trial with Independiente de Medellin, in the Colombia First Division.

Casper earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and received his master’s degree in education from St. Francis University.

Assistant Coach
Josh Scott

ETSU head men’s soccer coach David Casper announced a new addition to the coaching staff on May 2, 2018 as Josh Scott was hired as the program’s full-time assistant coach. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator on Feb. 8, 2019.

Scott is in his second year on Casper’s staff with numerous ties to the East Tennessee region as a coach and player. Prior to ETSU, Scott served as the Associate Head Coach and Pioneer Soccer School Director for four seasons at Tusculum University.

Casper said having someone of Scott’s caliber, local notoriety and experience made him a perfect fit for the ETSU men’s soccer program.

“I’m very excited to add Josh to the staff,” Casper said. “He brings a lot of experience on all levels, and I’m excited to see what he can do on the recruiting trail as someone rooted in this area. I admire his passion for ETSU and I look forward to working with him on our staff.”

Scott, a native of London, England, has coached at all three NCAA levels as a full-time collegiate coach where 2019 will be his eighth season. In addition to his college coaching experience, Scott has also worked for clubs within the professional organizations of United Soccer Leagues and the National Premier Soccer League where both organizations compete in the top four tiers of US professional soccer.

Scott also worked in youth soccer as a full-time director of coaching and head coach for three years, which gives Scott a 10 year full-time coaching career to date. Scott also has a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene where he has coached and scouted youth players for state, regional and national Olympic development teams, major league soccer academies and youth national teams.

The 2018 season proved to be a positive and nationally-recognized first season for Scott as the Bucs finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the SoCon for a second place finish. The Bucs were ranked as high as No. 18 in the national RPI rankings — the highest in program history — and as high as No. 2 in strength of schedule out of 206 NCAA D1 programs in the country.

After placing second in the SoCon and beating 2018 regular season champion Mercer, 2-1, in the last game of the season, the Bucs fell in overtime to Furman in the conference tournament semi-finals. The season proved to be a successful one as ETSU placed seven players on all-conference teams and led the SoCon in national RPI rankings all season long.

The 2018 schedule proved to be a challenging one as the game schedule saw the Bucs face six opponents that achieved post-season play, including NCAA Sweet 16 participants, Lipscomb University, who the Bucs beat, 3-1, in regular season play. ETSU also faced ACC and C-USA powerhouses UNC, Wake Forest and Kentucky, as all three programs were ranked in the top five nationally. The Buccaneers ended the 2018 season with a No. 43 national RPI ranking.

As a player, Scott played his first two seasons of college soccer at Hiwassee College. He was team captain from 2006-2008 and helped lead the program to consecutive conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the regional final. He later transferred to Milligan College to finish his collegiate career, where he stepped in as team captain in 2009 and earned All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honors.

Scott enjoyed a two-year stint in 2009 and 2010 as a regular starter playing semi-professional soccer with the country’s most successful NPSL club- Chattanooga Football Club where he played during the summer months in front of crowds as large as 10,000 people. He helped the team win the 2010 Southeast Conference championship and also helped lead them to the 2010 NPSL National Championship game.

Scotts has a mass amount of playing experiences overseas where he played for a number of professional academies and professional clubs in three different countries, Scott also had experiences in England with Derby County, Mansfield Town, Hucknall Town, Ilkeston Town and then 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.

Scott is currently a national course assessor for the United Soccer Coaches and holds his Premier License, Advanced National License and Director of Coaching License from the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is also working toward his UEFA B International License with the Irish Football Association, which is one of three highest ranked licenses in the world.

After graduating from Milligan College in May 2010, Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis on physical education. With a continuing growth mindset Scott is pursuing further education as a full-time working adult by currently working towards a master’s degree in Talent Development from Tusculum University.

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