Drury University

Drury University Athletics
900 North Benton Avenue Springfield, MO 65802
Division 2 Missouri Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor will enter his third season as head coach of the Drury men's soccer program in 2019.

In 2017, he returned to his alma mater and led the Panthers to a 7-7-2 record and a 6-6-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. That team featured two all-conference performers including Charles Guelly who was named to the first team, and Ben Bruce, a third team selection.

The 2018 team featured a young roster that lost twice in overtime and fell by a single goal six times. The Panthers did feature an all-conference selection as Jamie O'Brien was named to the All-GLVC squad in his freshman season.

In two seasons, Taylor owns a 9-19-5 record at Drury.

Taylor came back to Drury after spending six seasons as the head coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His teams went 76-36-8 during his tenure and were ranked in the NJCAA top 20 in four of his six seasons with one of his teams ranked as high as second nationally. He also coached three NJCAA All-Americans during his time at ICCC. In addition, Taylor served as an assistant coach for the Des Moines Menace in the Premier Developmental League and helped the franchise to a 12-1-1 record in 2014.

As a player for Drury from 2007-10, Taylor was Second Team All-American selection, was a two-time First Team All-GLVC pick and was named to the All-Region first team three times. He finished his playing career ranked second all-time in assists at Drury with 23. Taylor helped the Panthers to the GLVC title in his junior year in 2009 with a team that went 21-2 and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA-II national tournament. He was a four-year starter, a team captain for three seasons and also a member of the GLVC All-Academic Team.

Taylor graduated from Drury in 2011 with a degree in Speech Communication. He also holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and a UEFA B part 1.

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Juan Espinal

Juan Espinal joins the Drury men’s soccer staff after a two season stint as the head coach of Indian Hills Community College. Espinal led the Warriors to a 24-7-3 record and coached 14 ICCAC All-Region players and 36 ICCAC All-Academic team honorees.

Espinal is a native of Muscatine, Iowa, was formerly a graduate assistant for the Men’s Soccer team at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Juan attended Muscatine High School from 2008-2012. At Muscatine High, Juan was a 4-year Varsity starter on the boy’s high school soccer team. Juan received the first-team All-Conference accolade in high school his sophomore through senior years. Throughout his time at Muscatine High he was also awarded the First-Team All-Area award. In his senior year, Espinal registered 32 goals adding 16 assists and also received the first-team All-State Honor.

Juan played for the 1994 Iowa Olympic Development Program (ODP) team throughout his middle and high school years winning three regional titles and winning a national championship in 2011 at the ODP National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

Espinal also played for Eastern Iowa United based out of Iowa City, Iowa, known as one of the best club teams in the state of Iowa coached under Jon Cook winning two back-to-back state cups and competing at the club regional tournament.

Juan has competed at the Semi-Professional level in both the Professional Development League (PDL) and in the National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL) playing for the Springfield Demize in 2013 (PDL) and playing for the Quad City Eagles in 2014 (NPSL).

Espinal also has good coaching experience at the recreational level along with the club side. In the past, Juan attended Iowa Central Community College from 2012-2014 where he obtained his AA degree and competed at the NJCAA division one level in men’s soccer. In 2012 Espinal helped the Tritons to an outstanding season being ranked as high as #6 in the country in the NJCAA division one national raking polls. Juan was a two-year starter and a second-team All-Region award winner at Iowa Central. After Iowa Central Community College Juan transferred his career over to NCAA Division 2 program Texas A&M International University from 2014-2016. During those years the Dustdevils reached the conference tournament final in both seasons. At A&M International Juan completed his collegiate soccer career and attained his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Management.

He currently holds his USSF coaching E license, and plans to join the USSF D coaching course.

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Elliot Chadderton

Elliot Chadderton will enter his first year with the Drury men’s and women’s soccer programs and will serve as a graduate assistant and goalkeeper coach.

Chadderton was born in Manchester, England and played for Manchester United’s youth team for eight years. He then moved onto playing for Barnsley FC for two years before heading over to the United States.

Chadderton played two seasons at Fort Lewis in Colorado and was twice named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He transferred to Chowan University in North Carolina and was a two-time all-conference performer in Conference Carolinas. In 2018, he set a program record with a 0.87 goals against average.

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