Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman Athletic Department
2130 S. Branner Ave. Jefferson City, TN 37760
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Simon Duffy

Upon completing his first year at the helm, Duffy's team set many school and conference records after garnering a 21-win season en route to the National Final.

The 2017 Eagles became the only team in the history of the South Atlantic Conference to complete the regular season and postseason unbeaten, as C-N complied their third-consecutive regular season and tournament championships. Duffy was then named the SAC Coach of the Year, marking the first coach in the history of program to receive the award in his first season.

The 21 wins are the most under a first-year head coach in the program's history, leading the Eagles to their highest national ranking ever at No. 2. Duffy's team became the first women's athletics team in the history of the league and school history to make it to the National Championship. His team only trailed for 42:44 out of a possible 2112 minutes during the 2017 campaign.

Simon Duffy was announced as Carson-Newman women's soccer's seventh head coach on Dec. 26, 2016.

Duffy comes to Mossy Creek from King (Tenn.) University, where he spent six years heading up the women's program. Prior to that, he devoted five seasons to coaching the women's team at his alma mater, Lambuth University.

During his half-dozen campaigns leading the Tornado, Duffy took the team to the Conference Carolinas tournament each year. In 2013, his squad earned the school's first tournament victory, when they knocked off top-seeded and regular season champion Lees-McRae in the first round. They also earned King's first home tournament match in 2015 after posting a 7-3-1 league record. He finishes his career in Bristol with a 31-28-6 conference record.

Over the course of the last six seasons, 17 players off Duffy's teams have been named all-conference, including five in 2016. The last three years have seen five players named all-region and, in 2015, sophomore Hulda Sigurdardottir was chosen as an All-American.

The native of Navan, Ireland got his first head coaching experience at Lambuth, the university he graduated from in 2003 with a degree in Psychology. He helped the program make a transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II during his time as coach. Before taking the reins at Lambuth, Duffy spent a year as an assistant for the Young Harris men's soccer team. His first coaching experience came in 2003 and 2004, when he was the co-head coach of boys and girls soccer at Martin Westview High School in Martin, Tenn.

Duffy started his collegiate soccer career with the Lambuth Eagles as a student-athlete in 1999. During a four year career, he was an All-Mid-South conference selection and helped his team win a conference title during his freshman season. He was also named team captain as a senior.

Duffy holds a USSF National 'A' Coaching License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma. He also holds a Football Association of Ireland Level 1 & Youth Coaching Diploma. Duffy is a coach for TN ODP & also is a coaching instructor for TN Soccer.

Simon is married to Lizzie Duffy. They have twins, Finn and Isabel.

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Matthew Carr

Head coaches Simon Duffy and Stephen Lyons announced the hiring of Matthew Carr in April as he will join the Carson-Newman men's and women's soccer programs as assistant coach.

Carr comes from the sidelines at Clayton State University where he was a member of the coaching staff for women's program in 2017. He was also the academy coach for the Southern Crescent Goalkeeper Academy in Atlanta.

Carr spent 4 years as an assistant coach for Kennesaw State where the former goalkeeper worked closely with the KSU goalkeepers and backline, using his array of experience as both a coach and former professional player to mold a talented group of defenders.

"Matt came in highly recommended and we knew the decision was right once we had looked through his resume and had a good chat with him," Lyons stated. "He matched all of our expectations and the directions we wanted both of the programs here to go in. He brings a level of professionalism through his experience in the U.S. and overseas. Just a great personality that fits and we have no doubt he will come in and do a phenomenal job."

After playing both collegiately and professionally in goal, Carr will mentor a young, but talented group of goalkeepers this fall for both men and women's programs at Carson-Newman University.

"When we were looking for a replacement, we didn't want to rush it and we wanted to make sure we hired the right person," Duffy mentioned. "I've known Matt for years and when the position became available, he's the first one I thought about. He's worked at some fantastic programs at all different levels and coached some terrific players along the way as well. I think he's got a great personality to come in and work with both sets of keepers here."

Matt most recently played professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks FC of the National premier Soccer League. He also spent a stint playing professional soccer in Bessastaðahreppur, Iceland, where he was the starting goalkeeper for Knattspyrna Alftanes in 2009. While in Iceland, Carr worked with the Icelandic national team goalkeepers on both the men's and women's teams.

He was afforded the opportunity after perfecting his skills at the collegiate level, playing scholarship soccer at Reinhardt University where he helped his team earn a NAIA top-10 national ranking. Carr had the luxury to play alongside some of the top youth national team players from around the globe including players from the Scottish Youth National Team, African National Team(s) and the English Youth National Team.

Carr comes from the sidelines at Clayton State University where he was a member of the coaching staff for women's program in 2017. He was also the academy coach for the Southern Crescent Goalkeeper Academy in Atlanta.

"It's a wonderful place here and its been a very busy going throught the hiring proccess and meeting everybody," Carr said. "Happy to be on campus finally and getting some things done in the office. It has been really eye opening as far as what athletics are doing at C-N. I am really thrilled to be a part of both men's and women's programs this year."

Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Carr spent 4 years as an assistant coach for Kennesaw State where the former goalkeeper worked closely with the KSU goalkeepers and backline, using his array of experience as both a coach and former professional player to mold a talented group of defenders.

From Division I Kennesaw State to Division I Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, Carr was hired as the first assistant for the women's program in which he helped groom a Colonial Athletic Association All Conference Goalkeeper, who finished the season ranked No. 25 in the country in GAA.

Prior to his tenure at VCU, Carr spent time as a staff coach in the Women's Professional Soccer league with the Atlanta Beat under the tutelage of former head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. In his time there, he worked with the Beat's goalkeepers and reserves including numerous US national team members and world internationals.

As a three-year Varsity Letterman and two year team Captain at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Carr grew up playing club soccer in both the Premier and Classic leagues of Georgia and Virginia.

Additionally, Carr served as a coach with the KR Reykjavik women's club and the Alftanes Pro men's club. During his time in Iceland, he coached several goalkeepers of the Icelandic Women's National team.

His 2009 wrapped up with an assistant coaching position in the fall at The University of Bridgeport (Conn.), where he guided the Purple Knights to a conference title and saw Emelie Karstrom receive East Coast Conference Tournament MVP honors for her outstanding goalkeeping.

Carr earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at the University of West Georgia where he helped start the women's soccer program in 2005. Matt currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Julianne Herrity

Carson-Newman head Women's soccer coach Simon Duffy announced the addition of Julianne Herrity to the coaching staff as a graduate assistant in August of 2017.

Herrity makes the move from the pitch to the sideline after two stellar seasons with the Lady Eagles, leading the team to a South Atlantic Conference Championship in both the regular season and postseason in back-to-back years.

"I'm sure it's going to be weird for the first little bit to get used to, but I'm just so glad to be a part of the program," said Herrity. "I'll just have to control myself more on the sidelines and try not to celebrate with them too much."

The forward from Donegal, Ireland compiled 43 points in 22 games during her senior season, tallying 18 goals and adding seven helpers en route to being named to the 2016 All-SAC first-team, NSCAA All-Southeast Region first-team, D2CCA All-Southeast first-team, and to NCAA Division II Academic All-District 3. Herrity was also named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week twice during the season.

As a junior, Herrity appeared and started in 20 matches scoring 16 goals to go along with four assists. Seven of those 16 were game winning goals, which ranked seventh in the nation and also tied a school record.

Following that same season, she was named SAC Player of the Year, first-team All-SAC, Consensus first-team All-Southeast Region by the NSCAA and D2CCA, and third-team NSCAA All-American.

First year head coach Simon Duffy said it was a no-brainer to bring in Herrity when she was interested in returning to Mossy Creek. "Jules has been a vital part of this program over the past two years and to have her back involved with the team is incredible. The entire team respects her so much, so it will make the transition to the coaching staff a lot easier."

In just two seasons, Herrity makes an appearance on multiple categories in the Carson-Newman Individual Career Records list hitting the top three in points per game, goals per game, and game winning goals.

When asked about what her experience and knowledge can bring to the team and its new players, Herrity added, "I tell them just to give it their all, especially in preseason where it's the time to prove yourself. With only two seniors in Lauren and Helen our returners really have to step up and show these freshman that hard work can really achieve a lot of things."

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