Cumberland University

Cumberland University Athletics
One Cumberland Square Lebanon, TN 37087
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
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Adam Grant

Adam Grant was named head coach of the Cumberland men's soccer program in December 2016 after serving two years as the women's head coach at CU. He will begin his eighth year with the Phoenix program in the 2019 season.

Grant has recorded a 25-8-6 record as the head coach of the men’s program. He has won back to back Coach of the Year Awards for the Mid-South Conference in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Grant led his team to a 10-5-4 record and 6-0-1 MSC record earning the program Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions. The team had 8 MSC All-Conference players and the 2018 MSC Defensive Player of the Year, Bennett Strutz.

In Grant’s first season over the Cumberland Men’s Soccer program, they recorded a 15-3-2 record and beat Lindsey Wilson in the Mid-South Tournament Championship game in Double OT winning 3-2. The Phoenix reached the NAIA National Tournament Opening round. Grant coached the MSC Freshman of the Year, Tyler Watson, and had eight athletes deemed MSC All-Conference players.

Grant spent five years with the Cumberland women’s program, the last two as head coach, leading the Phoenix to the NAIA National Tournament and a victory in the NAIA Championship Opening Round in 2016. CU finished 13-5-2 in 2016 and registered a 22-14-2 record during his two years as head coach.

The Phoenix produced the three most decorated seasons in program history during Grant's three years as an assistant coach, the first two as a graduate assistant and the last one in a full-time role, posting marks of 19-3-0, 16-4-1 and 17-4-1 with one Mid-South Conference regular season championship (2013) and one Mid-South Conference tournament title (2012).

Cumberland reached the NAIA National Tournament in all three campaigns, winning matches in the NAIA Championship Opening Round each year to reach the Round of 16 and advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history in 2014 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Grant, a Dublin, Ireland, native, graduated from Pobalscoil Neasain before playing three years at Lambuth University, earning First Team All-Conference honors as a freshman and Second Team All-Conference accolades as a junior. The Eagles won a conference championship his freshman season and he captained the 2010 club to a 12-5-2 overall mark.

He holds a “C” coaching license with the US Soccer Federation and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 and 2 license.

Grant graduated to Martin Methodist College to complete his coursework, earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management in May 2012. He received his master’s in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy from Cumberland in May 2014.

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Shane Keely

Former Christian Brothers University player and coach Shane Keely joins the Cumberland staff as a full-time assistant coach for the 2017 season.

Over the past two season at Cumberland, the Men's Soccer program has achieved Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions and Tournament champions. Keely primarily coachs the goalkeepers and assisted Bennett Strutz on achieving First Team All Mid-South Conference in both 2017 and 2018 as well as MSC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

In the summer, Keely is an assistant coach for the USL League 2 Reading United in Reading, Pa. In 2018, the Reading United club went undefeated in the regular season on their way to USL League 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions, Eastern Conference Champions, and National Champions Runner-Up. This past summer the team won the USL League 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship for the second year in a row.

Keely served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers, organizing travel, recruiting international as well as local players for the program while managing and delegating scholarships. He designed and implemented practice plans and organized and maintained team videos and analysis technology.

As a player the Dublin, Ireland, native posted three goals and one assist as a senior at CBU in 18 matches in 2014, including a pair of game-winning goals. The Bucs finished that season 14-3-1 overall, reaching the NCAA South Regional.

He spent two seasons at the University of Memphis, seeing action in 12 matches with 10 starts and registering one assist in 2012. He recorded four goals and four assists in 18 outings with nine starts in 2013, including three game-winning goals.

Keely holds a USSF D License, U18 Division 1 coach with NUSA and a U16 Division 2 girls with NUSA licences.

Keely earned his bachelor’s in Professional Studies with disciplines in Sports Management and Health Promotion from Memphis in 2014. He received a certificate in Project Management from Christian Brothers in 2014 and a master’s in Business Administration from CBU in May 2017.

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Marty Owens

Marty Owens is beginning his first season with the Phoenix as the Men’s Soccer Graduate Assistant after his playing career. He will work with

Owens came to Cumberland after one year at the University of Limerick.

The Charlestown, Ireland native started all 58 games in his career at Cumberland where he accounted for 57 points. Owens helped lead his team to a Conference Championship and bid into the NAIA National Tournament in 2015. Owens best year came in his sophomore campaign as he produced 10 goals and 10 assists for Cumberland.

Owens attended High School at St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Charlestown, Ireland where he played soccer.

Owens received his undergraduate degree in Business and is currently working towards his MBA at Cumberland.

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