Contact: Andy Lyon
Head Soccer Coach
March 1, 2017
Motlow State Community College is proud to announce that Smyrna High School standout Megan Blumhoefer has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student athlete at Motlow. Seated with Megan is her father Jason and her mother April. Standing, from left, is Megan's brother Chandler; Brian Grogan, Smyrna High School head coach; and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach. Photo provided.
Feb. 21, 2017
Franklin County High School soccer standout Bailee Walls recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Bailee for the ceremony, seated from left: Jeff Walls (father), Bailee and Michelle Walls (mother). Standing from left: Kent Bean, Franklin County head coach and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Motlow State photo.
Feb. 17, 2017
All-District 8-AAA soccer player Keely Smith of Shelbyville recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Seated from left are Ricky Richardson (uncle), Cliff Smith (father), Keely, Allison Smith (mother), Lily Smith (sister) and Billy Richardson (grandfather). Standing from left are Andy Lyon (Motlow soccer head coach), Neal Gordon (Shelbyville head coach), Whitney Gordon (Shelbyville assistant coach), Garry Bailey (Shelbyville assistant coach), Zach Smith (brother), Shirley Smith (grandmother) and Dee McCullough (Shelbyville athletic director). Photo provided.
Feb. 15, 2017
Former Stewarts Creek High School soccer standout Marianna Ford recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College.
Ford is currently a freshman student at Motlow and will have two years of soccer eligibility on the community college level. Motlow will field its initial women's soccer team in the fall of 2017, with practice scheduled to begin August 1.
"Marianna is an excellent addition to the soccer program here at Motlow," said Andy Lyon, head soccer coach. "Her first touch is excellent and I'm really excited about bringing another creative player to the team. She fits in well with the players we are putting together and I look forward to her combining with our attacking players. She is versatile and has a great understanding of the game, not to mention an engaging personality as well."
Ford was a three-year starter while at Stewarts Creek as a striker and an attacking midfielder. As a junior and senior she was named first-team All-District 7-AAA.
Former Stewarts Creek High School standout Marianna Ford recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Ford for the signing ceremony are, seated from left: Callie (mother), Marianna and Ryland (brother). Standing, from left; RC Ford (father) and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head soccer coach. Motlow State photo.
Dec. 7, 2016
On track to begin its new women's soccer program in the fall, Motlow State Community College will expand its soccer scope by holding its first annual winter Futsal Tournament Jan. 28-29, 2017, inside Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus.
The tournament will serve as one of multiple athletic department fundraisers designed to improve Motlow's ability to compete in all sports on a national level. It will feature boys teams on Saturday and girls teams on Sunday. Team ages will range between U8 and U20. Availability is limited, so teams are encouraged to contact Motlow women's soccer Head Coach Andy Lyon at 931-393-1622 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
"We are expecting a big turnout," said Lyon. "Futsal has always been popular in this area and we are really looking forward to watching these players show what they can do. I'm a big fan of futsal as it can really make a big difference in a player's overall game. It is fast-paced and challenges players to increase their speed of thought, decision making, ball control and first touch."
For those not familiar with the game, unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, futsal is played on a hard court surface. It is also played with a smaller ball which has less bounce than a regular soccer ball due to the hard playing surface. The surface, ball, and rules combine to create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
"The game of futsal is gaining in popularity throughout the world, and I'm genuinely excited for Motlow to be hosting this event," added Lyon. "We are looking for teams to fill out our brackets. I've received a lot of interest so far from teams all over this area. We expect a great weekend of competitive futsal."
United States Futsal (USFF) has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players.
Coaches and players the world over see futsal as a fast paced, action-packed, electrifying game with many similarities to soccer that can be played indoors and outdoors. "Futsal fever" is catching on in USA, with coaches recognizing numerous technical and tactical benefits that are transferable to soccer.
Nov. 4, 2016
Current Smyrna High School senior Calli Simmons became the second member of next season's Motlow State Community College women's soccer program when she signed a National Letter of Intent recently to play for the Lady Bucks.
Motlow Head Coach Andy Lyon joined Simmons at her high school for the signing ceremony, along with family and former coaches. Simmons' signing comes on the heels of Tullahoma's Anastasia Wellington, who became the first Motlow soccer signee earlier in the day. The National Junior College Athletic Association signing period opened Nov. 1, and both Wellington and Simmons signed that day.
"Calli possesses a great soccer IQ and reads the game extremely well," said Lyon. "She has an inventive side to her game that I feel will benefit our style of play. I know Calli will be a positive teammate and excellent representative of the soccer program and Motlow."
Simmons earned second team all-district honors playing for Smyrna this past season in rugged District 7-AAA. She is the first high school student-athlete to sign with the Motlow soccer program, as Wellington is already a student at Motlow this academic year.
Smyrna High School soccer standout Calli Simmons recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Simmons was joined at the signing ceremony by, seated from left, Frankie Simmons, brother; Chad Simmons, father; Calli; and Sherri Simmons, mother. Standing from left, Stephanie Goldsmith, Smyrna head coach; Bernie Ortega, Stones River Futbol Club travel team head coach; and Andy Lyon, head coach of the Lady Bucks. Photo provided.
Nov. 2, 2016
Former Tullahoma High School soccer star Anastasia Wellington made history when she became the first student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent with the new Motlow State Community College women's soccer program.
The signing period for all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) sports except football opened on Nov. 1, and Wellington and Lady Bucks Head Coach Andy Lyon wasted no time in making the Tullahoma native the first face of Motlow soccer.
"We are extremely proud to have Anastasia become the first student-athlete to sign a soccer National Letter of Intent with Motlow State," said Lyon. "She will represent the program well on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Wellington had an outstanding career in her four years at Tullahoma, earning first team all-District 8-AAA honors after both her junior and senior seasons. She was named second team all-district after her sophomore season, and in her first campaign was named freshman of the year.
Outside of her high school career, Anastasia as a two-time state champion on the club level, playing for head coach Pat Lazarus and the Camp Forest Soccer Club.
"Anastasia is a potent attacking threat," added Lyon. "She is indicative of the level of talent we are striving to bring to the Motlow soccer program as it begins. She was an outstanding player at Tullahoma and we are confident she will continue to excel here at Motlow. This is just the beginning for this new program, and Anastasia represents the type of high quality person and talent that will fill the Lady Bucks roster."
The Lady Bucks will continue to recruit and sign players throughout the year, leading up to the official beginning of practice on Aug. 1, 2017. Motlow is expected to fill approximately 20 roster spots when the junior college soccer season opens during the final week of August.
Former Tullahoma standout Anastasia Wellington became the first women's soccer player in Motlow State Community College history when she signed a National Letter of Intent with the school on Nov. 1. Joining Anastasia at the ceremony were, seated from left, her great-grandmother Louise Wellington, Anastasia, and her grandmother Regina Gray. Standing from left, Pat Lazarus, head coach of the Camp Forest Soccer Club, Jessica Souviney, mother, and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Motlow State photo.
Oct. 17, 2016
The new Motlow State Community College women's soccer program will hold its first tryout on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Johnson Lane Recreational Fields in Tullahoma, according to Head Coach Andy Lyon. The tryout session is scheduled from 10 a.m. - noon.
"The tryouts will allow me to watch players and see how they mesh with different groups and situations," said Lyon, who was hired to lead the new program in August. "I am extremely excited to get started. Those that try out will get to see the caliber of student-athletes that have already expressed an interest in our program."
The tryout is open to high school seniors and to those who are current Motlow freshman students. Attendees must bring appropriate clothing and footwear, and must bring proof of a completed physical examination within the previous 13 months.
"There has been a very encouraging amount of interest in the program since it was announced in late July," added Lyon. "I have received nothing but encouragement from the soccer community and I am confident that we are going to field a team that they can be proud of."
For further information about the tryout and the Motlow womenâ€™s soccer program, contact Coach Lyon at email@example.com or 931-393-1622.
Sept. 1, 2016
With its first match now less than one year away, Motlow State Community College has announced that Andy Lyon of Tullahoma will be the school's first head coach of the new women's soccer program.
Lyon is familiar to soccer players and fans throughout middle Tennessee and beyond. He is the chairman of Camp Forrest FC, a select soccer club based in Tullahoma. He has won both indoor and outdoor state tournaments and has coached numerous players that have represented various college soccer teams throughout the region.
"I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge of starting the first junior college soccer program in Tennessee," said Lyon. "I believe Motlow is in an advantageous area geographically due to the large pool of women's soccer players in the surrounding area. I'm anxious to get started and am looking forward to bringing in quality student-athletes who will represent Motlow State as women's soccer pioneers in our state."
Born in Nottingham, England, where he took part in Nottingham Forest Youth programs and studied and played soccer at Leeds University, Lyon came to the United States to join the coaching staff of the NY/NJ Metrostars in their youth development program. He was hired away from the Metrostars by the Major League Soccer organization to direct youth camps and as a player development consultant.
Coach Lyon currently holds a USSF B coaching license as well as USSF national youth license and a NSCAA director of coaching diploma. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach of the men's program at the University of the South and was an assistant coach with the Webb School girls soccer team in Bell Buckle.
"Andy is exactly the type of coach and leader that we were looking for to start our program," said Scott Shasteen, athletic director at Motlow. "He has vast experience in coaching on all levels and he is very familiar with high school coaches and student-athletes throughout Motlow's 11-county service area as well as across the country."
Lyon's first day of work was Sept. 1, and in addition to leading the new women's soccer program, he will also be the coordinator of non-credit activities at Motlow.
"I am eager to get started on this exciting project and am thoroughly looking forward to bringing in quality student-athletes who will represent Motlow on the women's soccer stage," added Lyon. "Soccer continues to grow and the new women's team gives student-athletes a path to play on the junior college level."
Motlow has not yet determined where it will play home games while it seeks to build a soccer facility on the Moore County campus. Those interested in the Motlow women's soccer program can contact Coach Lyon at 931-393-1622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.