GREENSBORO, N.C. –UNCG women's soccer head coach Steve Nugent has named 17-year collegiate coaching veteran Adrian Blewitt assistant coach Tuesday. Blewitt brings 15 years of collegiate head coaching experience in the state of North Carolina to the program with stops at Lenoir-Rhyne, Lees-McRae and Methodist College.
"I am honored that Adrian has agreed to join us at UNCG," Nugent said. "Leaving Lenoir-Rhyne was not an easy decision for him after building a very strong program with very dedicated players. I have always admired the way Adrian's teams play the game and his passion for teaching. His success goes way beyond the x's and o's and that is evident with the commitment that his teams play with."
Blewitt brings a 167-66-12 NCAA Division II coaching record with him in both women's and men's soccer and has won 201 career games over his 15 season in all collegiate levels. He has spent the past five seasons as the women's soccer head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, compiling a 70-28-7 record (.700) with back-to-back South Atlantic Conference titles. During his time at Lenoir-Rhyne, he coached three SAC Player of the Year recipients and three Freshman of the Year honorees.
"I feel I am at a stage in my career where I would like to take on the challenges at the NCAA Division I level and develop my coaching abilities even further," Blewitt said. "I would like to thank Steve Nugent for presenting this opportunity to me as well as the UNCG Athletics Administration for making me feel so welcome. I am excited and ready to help advance the UNCG women's soccer program back to the NCAA Tournament."
Last season, Blewitt led the Bears to a 17-3-1 record, including a 9-0 mark in the SAC, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. His top season as the women's coach at Lenoir-Rhyne came during the 2010 campaign when he led the Bears to a 19-2-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
"Adrian is going to be a tremendous asset to our program on and off the field," Nugent said. "His many years as a Division II head coach will certainly make an immediate impact on our players. I am very excited for him and his family. Please join me in welcoming the Blewitt family to UNCG."
Blewitt started his tenure at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2004 as the men's soccer coach, compiling a 54-23-4 record in four seasons at the helm, two of which he was director of soccer leading both the men's and women's program. He coached the men to a 19-1-1 record during 2006 season, finishing with a No. 5 national ranking and the top ranking in the Appalachian Regional Poll. He was named the Appalachian Regional Coach of the Year and the SAC Coach of the year while also finishing as a finalist for the National Coach of the Year.
"I am extremely grateful to Neill McGeachy and the administration at Lenoir-Rhyne University for the wonderful experiences I have had over the last seven and a half years," Blewitt said. "I am proud to have brought national recognition to both the men's and women's programs and with the quality of student-athletes we have graduated."
Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Blewitt spent three seasons at Lees-McRae College and posted a 43-17-1 record as the men's soccer head coach. He led the Bobcats to two Conference Carolina championships in his three years, while also coaching a two-time All-America honoree in Khano Smith who signed with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. He also spent five seasons as the head coach at Methodist College, guiding it to a Top 25 national ranking.
"The lure of being able to test my coaching abilities against the teams in the Southern Conference and against non-conference teams such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Georgia, Kentucky, and current National Champions, Stanford was exactly what I was searching for," Blewitt added
As a player at Lock Haven University from 1990-93, Blewitt won two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships and captained the Bald Eagles to the Elite Eight in 1992. A four-time All-PSAC player and Regional All-American in 1990, he earned a bachelor's degree from Lock Haven in 1994 and a master's degree in 1996.
Blewitt holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma Coaching License. He also is a member of the Region III ODP Staff ('97 Girls) and the head coach for North Carolina ODP State Team ('95 Girls).
Blewitt and his wife, Tami, are the proud parents of one daughter, JoElle.
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