Chattanooga FC’s Luke Winter returns to alma mater as head coach

Tennessee Wesleyan has a new men’s soccer coach, and he is a familiar face to the program. Luke Winter, who also plays for Chattanooga FC in the NPSL, will be replacing Stephen Lyons as the Bulldogs’ soccer coach. Lyons left TWU for Carson-Newman in December.

In a school press release, Winter said:

“I’m very excited to take on the role and cannot wait to get started and take TWU to the top of the conference. Coach Lyons did a fantastic job at the helm of TWU and gave me the opportunity to come over here. I look forward to continuing his accomplishment and giving players the opportunity to be successful on and off the field.”

Winter graduated from TWU in 2012 where he starred for the soccer team and carried it into the NAIA national tournament. He was an all-conference and all-region selection during his time with the Bulldogs. As a mainstay in the NPSL with Chattanooga FC, he is the club’s leading all-time scorer and has been part of two all-NPSL squads.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Shorter College before moving into an assistant coaching role at Bryan College. This is his first time in a head coaching capacity at the college level.

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