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.”

As a program, men's soccer has compiled a 93-68-31 all-time record since launching in 2008, with three NCAA appearances, including an at-large bid in 2016. In addition, the Bucs have won back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships in 2016 and 2017. Casper said he understands how special this opportunity is to lead the Bucs.

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 came to Kentucky after three successful seasons as the top assistant coach and goalkeeping coach for Division I Saint Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania). During his time at St. Francis, Casper helped guide the club to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. While working with the keepers, Casper helped set the school record for shutouts in a season (11), ranking third in the NCAA in shutout percentage (0.61), sixth in save percentage (.864) and 11th in goals-against average (0.65).

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.

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.

In 2008, William Paterson collected 13 wins, including five in conference play to finish the season ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA national poll. William Paterson finished third in the NSCAA Metro Region, winning the ECAC Metro Region Championship. William Paterson won its first post-season championship since 1975 and set a school-record with nine shutouts in 2008.

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 has been hired as the program’s assistant coach.

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 where both organizations compete on the national stage. Scott also has close to a decade of fulfilling influential coaching and scouting roles within the youth soccer scene on a state, regional and national level, where his current supplemental 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 players.

While at Tusculum, Scott helped lead the Pioneers to a 34-26-11 record and a 22-12-7 mark in South Atlantic Conference play in two separate stints in 2011 and 2015-17. Under his watch, Tusculum earned two 2nd place league finishes, a SAC tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament while earning regional and national top-10 rankings along the way while knocking off nationally ranked opponents each year.

Prior to Tusculum, Scott was previously at Division I Member Longwood University. While at the Big South Conference school, Scott served as the top assistant and mentored the day-to-day operations of the program and also full-filled the role of recruiting coordinator.

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 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 former home of the USA U17 national team residency program.

Furthering his familiarity to the East Tennessee area, Scott earned his first full-time collegiate coaching position at Emory & Henry College in 2009. He spent two seasons with the NCAA III program as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and also stepped in as interim head coach for the spring and summer of 2011.

As a player, Scott played his first two seasons of college soccer at Hiwassee College, an NJCAA affiliate. 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. He also led the program to the 2009 AAC Championship. He was also the recipient of the Brian Letendre Award for motivational leadership — voted by his peers.

Scott enjoyed a two-year stint in 2009 and 2010 as a regular starter playing semi-professional soccer with the Chattanooga Football Club during the summer months in front of crowds as large as ten thousand people. He helped the team win the 2010 Southeast Conference championship and also led them to the 2010 NPSL National Championship game after placing second in the division in 2009.

Scott also played for the Fort Wayne Fever of the professional development league in 2008 where he teamed up with a number of current Major League Soccer players. Scotts has a mass amount of playing experiences overseas where he played for a number of professional academies and then semi-professional clubs where he held professional status as a player in 2005 when he was a member of the nationwide conference club, Hucknall Town. 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 as well, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is also working towards his UEFA B International License with the Irish Football Association and is also NSC First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

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. Scott is currently working to finish his Master’s degree in Talent Development from Tusculum University and intends to graduate in Summer 2018.

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