JU names Brian Copham as head women's soccer coach

Jan. 16, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In his eight years as an assistant coach at Samford University, Brian Copham helped the Bulldogs win four conference championships and make two NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the second round in 2005.

Copham now has an opportunity to build his own program as he was named JU's head women's soccer coach by director of athletics Alan Verlander on Wednesday.

"We are excited about Brian leading our women's soccer program," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "He has a wealth of experience and relates well to the student-athletes. I look forward to great things from our women's soccer team under Brian's leadership."

At Samford, Copham assisted in recruiting five straight top 20 classes in the Southeast region according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. Four of the last five classes were ranked nationally, including the 2007 class that placed 68th in the country.

"I'd like to thank Alan Verlander and Dr. Kerry Romesburg for the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program," said Copham. "I am excited about the opportunity to recruit student-athletes to this excellent University in a great city. There is a talented group of players currently here and they, along with myself, are looking forward to starting the spring season. I'd like to thank my former boss Todd Yelton for his direction, encouragement and support as I take on this new venture."

As an athlete, Copham played three seasons for the top-25 ranked UAB and received the Coaches' Award in 1998. Also a success in the classroom, Copham received numerous academic awards, including being named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll several times.

Copham played with a Birmingham semiprofessional soccer team, the Alabama Saints, during the 1998 season.

Along with his collegiate coaching duties, Copham has served on the Alabama Olympic Development Program staff for the last five years. He has earned his USSF "A" license, along with the NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 license.

Copham, who was born in Seminole, Fla., graduated from UAB with a degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1999 and completed his masters in civil engineering in 2004.