Daniel Brizard returns to Tennessee Tech for his third season at the helm of the program in 2012. Brizard, formerly an assistant coach at LSU for the past five seasons prior to his arrival at Tech, led the Golden Eagles to a 9-25-2 record over his first two seasons in Cookeville. In addition to LSU, Brizard has coached at Florida International, South Alabama and Missouri-St. Louis.
During his tenure at LSU, the Tigers earned a reputation for their tenacity on the defensive end of the field, a reputation Brizard helped build while coaching the team’s goalkeepers.
Over his final three seasons at LSU, Brizard and the Tigers 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 in 2009. The Tigers boasted the top defensive unit in the SEC and posted goals against averages of 0.82 in 2008 and 0.71 in 2009.
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, when she helped lead the team to its first ever SEC West crown and a berth in 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, two seasons at South Alabama and two seasons at Missouri-St. Louis, while also serving as coach of the girls 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 Goalkeeping license.
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 1998.
Brizard is married to the former Julie Schneider of St. Louis. They are the proud parents of four-year-old Izabella Corinne.
Daniel Brizard/Playing and Coaching Experience
1991-1995 Player Berry College
1998-2000 Assistant Coach Missouri-St. Louis
2000-2002 Assistant Coach South Alabama
2002-2005 Assistant Coach Florida International
2005-2010 Assistant Coach LSU
2010- Head Coach Tennessee Tech