Belhaven University

Belhaven University Athletics
1500 Peachtree St, Box 171 Jackson, MS 39202
Division 3 Mississippi Southeast
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Carl Griffiths

Carl Griffiths is entering his 7th season as the Head Coach of the Men's Soccer program at Belhaven. Griffiths took over the program before the 2014 season and has coached the Blazers to an 52-41-13 mark overall.

During the 2015 season, Griffiths led the program to its first NCCAA National Tournament and its 11th overall national tournament appearance in program history. Griffiths and the Blazers finished the NCCAA National Tournament as a semifinalist.

In the 2019 season, Griffiths coached the Blazers to an American Southwest Conference appearance in their first year of full NCAA and Division III membership.

All-American Selections

2015: Lucas Talaveira-Befi - NCCAA Division I First Team All-American

2015: Cillian Thompson - NCCAA Division I First Team All-American

2015: Andrew West - NCCAA Division I First Team All-American

Griffiths came to Belhaven with a wealth of experience as a coach and player at the NCAA Division III level. Griffiths spent the two seasons at Waynesburg (Penn.) University prior to Belhaven, where he served as the Head Coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs.

Griffiths led the Waynesburg men to a combined 18-12-4 record over the two seasons. After an 8-8-1 campaign in 2012, Griffths guided the club to a 10-4-3 mark in his second season. On the strength of that success, Griffths was selected as the 2013 President's Athletic Conference Men's Coach of the Year and had three players named to the PAC All-Conference Team. In addition, he coached one NSCAA All Region Player and his team earned an NSCAA Academic Award. Griffiths has earned NSCAA National, Advanced National and Premier Diplomas and in 2011 was chosen by the US Soccer Federation and US State Department for work internationally with Ugandan coaches.

Griffiths began his coaching career at Wheaton College as an assistant coach from 2009-11. Griffiths was also an outstanding player at Wheaton, helping guide the team to the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 2006 against Messiah College. During his four year career, Griffiths helped Wheaton to play in the NCAA Tournament each season.

As a player, Griffiths appeared in 67 games, including 24 starts as a senior co-captain. During his senior year, Griffiths was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and was a CCIW All-Conference selection.

Carl is married to Lyndsie and they have three children; Elliana, Micaiah, and Laelyn.

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James Gledhill

James Gledhill is entering his third season as the Assistant Coach for the Belhaven University Men’s Soccer Program.

A native of Huddersfield, England, Gledhill joins the Blazers' staff following two years as the men’s assistant coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure with the Owls, Temple boasted a 19-14-2 record including back to back winning seasons and an AAC Conference semi-final appearance. The Owls accomplished 8 All-AAC conference selections including MLS Draft Pick, Jorge Gomez Sanchez. In both years Gledhill helped the team receive NSCAA All-Academic team awards, including Alex Cagle receiving Temple University Scholar Athlete of the year.

Previous to joining Temple, Gledhill spent four years as the head coach at Holmes Community College. During his tenure with the Lady Bulldogs, Gledhill led the team to two runners-up spots in the MACJC North Division Conference.

Prior to his years at Holmes, Gledhill spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Mississippi College. Whilst there the Choctaws were ASC runners-up, nationally ranked for the first time and boasted 11 Academic All-Americans.

In 2005, Gledhill played a professional season with the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina, where he was a leading goal scorer for the team.

In his college career, Gledhill spent three seasons at the University of Mobile where he became a two-time All-American and led the Rams to their first-ever National Championship as a senior in 2002. During the NAIA National Tournament that year, Gledhill was named the Tournament MVP. In his three seasons with the Rams, Gledhill was the top scorer for the team in two of those years.

In 2001, as a junior in college, Gledhill spent one year at Fairfield University. During his season with the Stags, Gledhill set the school record for goals scored in a single season and led the conference in scoring, propelling the Stags to their highest ever NCAA D1 ranking of #12 in the nation.

Gledhill graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor's degree in communications in 2003. In 2008 he obtained his Masters in Applied Communications from Mississippi College.

Currently, Gledhill holds four coaching licenses that include a USSF A License, a UEFA B License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a National Youth License.

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Jordan Parron

Graduate Assistant - Men's Soccer

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