Daniel Brizard named as new Golden Eagle soccer coach
Jun 25, 2010
Former assistant coach at LSU takes reins July 1
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Daniel Brizard, an assistant coach at
LSU for the past five seasons, has been named head coach of the
Tennessee Tech women’s soccer team.
Brizard, 36, begins his new position July 1. In addition to LSU,
Brizard has coached at Florida International University, South
Alabama and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to coach at
Tennessee Tech, and I’m excited about the possibility of
competing for championships in the Ohio Valley Conference,”
Brizard said. “I would like to thank President Bob Bell, Mark
Wilson, Frank Harrell and the athletic administration for this
“I’m looking forward to keeping the team moving in
the right direction, continuing to see improvement, and winning
some OVC Championships,” he said.
Brizard has enjoyed a high level of success at LSU, something
that TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson expects to continue.
“We’re excited to bring Daniel to Tennessee Tech and
we look forward to him leading our women’s soccer team to
Ohio Valley Conference championships and continuing the
team’s success academically.”
At LSU, the Tigers have earned a reputation for their tenacity
on the defensive end of the field and Brizard has helped build that
reputation while coaching the team’s goalkeepers.
In the past three years, Brizard and the Tigers have won three
consecutive SEC Western Division championships and advanced to the
NCAA Tournament all three years. LSU was 14-4-2 in 2008 and went
15-4-5 last season. The Tigers boasted the top defensive unit in
the SEC and posted goals against averages of 0.82 in 2008 and 0.71
Under his tutelage, Mo Isom became the first LSU goalkeeper to
earn All-America honors. Before that, Brizard coached goalkeeper
Valerie Vogler to a career year in 2007 to help lead the team to
its first ever SEC West crown and a berth into the second round of
the NCAA Tournament.
Widely considered one of the top goalkeeper coaches in all of
women’s college soccer, Brizard has also served as the
goalkeeper coach of the Region III Olympic Development Program Team
during his career, as well as a member of the Region III ODP
coaching staff for nine years. He is currently a member of the
coaching staff of the Region II ODP Team.
Prior to his stint at LSU, Brizard spent four seasons as an
assistant coach at Florida International University, two seasons at
South Alabama and two seasons at Missouri-St. Louis, while also
serving as coach of the girl’s soccer team at Parkway West
High School in St. Louis.
Brizard’s instructional background is extensive as he is a
former goalkeeping instructor for the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America and has received an NSCAA advanced national
diploma. In addition, he has received the United States Soccer
Federation “A” Coaching license as well as a USSF
Prior to the start of his coaching career, Brizard was a
four-year starter and team captain on the men’s soccer team
at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from 1991-95.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports
performance/exercise science from Berry College in 1995 and spent
two years in the Navy before beginning his coaching career in
Brizard is married to the former Julie Schneider of St. Louis.
They are the proud parents of three-year-old Izabella
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