Maryville College

Maryville College Athletics
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37804
Division 3 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Pepe Fernandez

Head Coach (Tennessee Wesleyan College, '85/ Lincoln Memorial University, '90)

Coach Fernandez is from Franklin, TN. He attended Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN, and played in the Franklin Express Soccer Club in Williamson County. He played his collegiate soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he was a captain for three years, All-Conference for four years, All-South for four years, and a two-time All-American.

Fernandez's coaching career began in 1985 as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He soon moved to Hixson High School, where he took the Wildcats to the state championship game in 1986 and had an undefeated regular season in 1987. That fall, he accepted a coaching position at Notre Dame High School, guiding the Lady Irish to a Final 4 and then a state championship in 1988. His boy's team made the regional final and regional semi-finals.

Coach Fernandez came to Maryville in 1989. At the conclusion of his 32nd season at MC with the men (2020-21), he has led the men's and women's programs to several national rankings and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance by the 2005 men's squad. Both teams have been consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the South and have had more than 50 All-South players and five All-Americans. Following the 2020-21 campaign, Fernandez holds impressive career records of 390-169-37 (.685) and 376-151-37 (.713) with the men and women, respectively. He holds a combined record of 766-320-74 (.705), while going a combined 135-32-11 in USA South play. He was named the USA South Coach of the Year for both the men and women programs following the 2013 campaigns, as well as in 2016 (men), 2017 (men), 2018 (women) and 2019 (women). Fernandez led the women's squad to USA South Tournament titles in 2014 and 2019 while leading the men's squad to the 2016 and 2018 USA South Tournament Crown.

With 390 wins, Fernadez is ranked seventh in victories among active coaches with a minimum of five years at a Division III institution, and he's ranked 23rd all-time in victories. He is currently ranked 26th in winning percentage among active Division III men's soccer coaches with his .685 winning percentage while ranking tied for 50th all-time in the category.

Fernandez also played for two seasons in the USISL for the Knoxville Impact, serving one year as head coach. He is also a State Head Coach for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program and presently coaches the 2000 boys. He holds the NSCAA National, Advanced National, and Premier Diplomas and is also a USSF-certified coach.

Coach Fernandez was inducted into the Tennessee Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Maryville College Wall of Fame in the fall of 2011.

He lives in Maryville with his wife Fran and two sons Marc and Chris.

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Jon Baker

Jon Baker began his Maryville College assistant soccer coaching tenure in 2000. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2009.

For his efforts with the Scots, Baker was honored with induction into the Maryville College Athletics Wall of Fame in fall 2021.

Baker hails from the town of Billingham in the northeast of England, and it was there that his coaching career began in 1993 as a soccer development officer in the Middlesbrough area. During this time, Baker also played semi-professional soccer for three years. He moved to the United States in 1995 to attend and play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College. During his time in Athens, he was a captain for two years and an All-Conference selection for three years from 1995-98.

Baker graduated from TWC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure. After graduation, Baker was the assistant coach for both the men and women’s soccer teams at Tennessee Wesleyan for the 1999 season.

In the summer of 2000, Baker moved to Maryville to accept the position of assistant men and women’s soccer coach.

During his time with the Scots men’s program, they have had an overall record of 260 wins, 106 losses and 30 ties. The men have won 13 regular season conference titles, eight conference tournament titles, and made three NCAA tournament appearances, including 2005 when the Scots reached the “Sweet 16.” Baker has coached 58 All-Conference players, 23 All-South Region players, one All-American and five Academic All-Americans.

On the women’s side, Baker has coached the Scots to an overall record of 265 wins, 95 losses and 25 ties. The women have won 15 regular season conference titles, 11 conference tournament titles, and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. Baker has coached 63 All-Conference players, 15 All-South Region players, and two Academic All-Americans. He also aided MC's Shannon Reagan to become MC's first CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Team Member of the Year and the Scots' first NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship winner. Reagan was named the 2020 USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year.

Baker holds coaching licenses from both England and the United States. He holds his English Football Association Coaching, Teaching and Treatment of Injury certificates from the English Football Association, and the NSCAA National, and Advanced National Diplomas from the United States. In addition to his coaching duties at Maryville College, Baker also has been a member of the coaching staff for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program for the past 17 years.

He lives in Maryville with his wife, Amy, and daughters Julianna and Emma.

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John LaCava

John LaCava ’81 has worked with the Scots' soccer teams as a part-time or fulltime assistant coach since 1993.

For his service as a student-athlete and coach, LaCava was a 2020 inductee into the Maryville College Wall of Fame.

He began coaching as an Assistant Boys coach at Sevier County High School and South-Doyle High School before he became the Head Boys Coach at Farragut High School in 1991. He led the Admirals to three Regional championships, two final four appearances, and compiled a 48-13-4 record in his three-year tenure at the school.

LaCava became the full-time men's and women's assistant at MC from 1994 until 2000.

He is presently a teacher in the Maryville City School System where he is a specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

LaCava was a two-sport letterman at Maryville College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 1981. He was a two-time All-South wrestler, and he was the captain of the first varsity soccer team at MC. He received his Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee in 1998.

He is married to Carol Carter (Class of '82), and they have two sons, Alex and Carter.

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Randall Reichenberger

Maryville College head soccer coach Pepe Fernandez welcomed Randall Reichenberger to the staff as an assistant coach in July 2021.

Reichenberger, a 2019 MC alum, excelled four seasons on the pitch for the Scots. During his collegiate playing tenure, this two-time All-USA South performer led Maryville to a 62-13-4 overall record while claiming three league regular-season titles going 35-5-3 in conference challenges. Randy was a three-time team Offensive Player of the year, voted on by his teammates.

"Randy was a great player at MC during one of the most successful times in the history of our program," Fernandez said. "His playing and coaching experience combined with his love for Maryville College is a boost for our players and our program."

After graduating from Maryville in 2019, Reichenberger began working on his master's degree in Athletic Leadership at Rider University in New Jersey. He served as the assistant soccer coach at Lebanon High School while also gaining valuable coaching experience within the Tennessee United Soccer Club.

Randy works with both men's and women's programs, focused on individual skills development, recruiting, and facility enhancement

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Jonathan Taylor

Part-Time Assistant Soccer Coach

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