Montreat College
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Courtney Nash
Head Coach - 7th Season
Alma Mater: Saginaw Valley State University


Under Coach Nash, the women’s soccer program has experienced its greatest success. Nash led the Cavaliers to their first Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament with the improbable conference double in 2012, taking the Cavs from worst to first in just three seasons. On the field, Nash has coached the 2013 AAC Offensive Player of the Year, Lauren Cantin, 2012 AAC Tournament MVP, Amanda Masson, seven All-Tournament Team selections, 20 All-AAC honorees including nine first team selections. Under Nash’s guidance 32 Cavaliers have been honored on the AAC All-Academic Team while 13 have been honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.  


Nash took over as the women’s head soccer coach in 2010, inheriting a program that won just eight games in 2008-10. After brining in her first recruiting class for the fall of 2011, the program posted its best record in the past six years, finishing 11-7-1 overall including a 3-4-0 mark in conference play. Nash’s squad started strong but struggled with some of the tougher AAC opponents to finish fifth. However, of the seven losses that season, the Cavaliers only lost one game by more than a single goal.


In her third season at the helm, Nash led the Cavaliers to the pinnacle of the Appalachian Athletic Conference as she was named the Coach of the Year as she guided the Cavaliers to both the conference’s regular season and tournament titles and a birth in the NAIA National Tournament, all program firsts. The Cavaliers fought their way to a 12-5-3 mark including a 7-1-1 record in conference play. Under Nash's guidence the Cavaliers received votes in the first regular-season edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll as Montreat began an unbeaten streak of 11 games. During that streak, the Cavs played in four double-overtime matches and in six overtime contests, including five double-overtime matches during the record setting season. Montreat never lost an overtime match and finished 3-0-3 in such games with wins over Cumberlands and conference foe Tennessee-Wesleyan in the regular season and Tennessee-Wesleyan in the AAC Tournament Championship. The Cavaliers finished the season ranked No. 18 in Total Saves (149), No. 31 in Total Shutouts (7), and No. 49 in Shutouts per Game (0.32) in the nation.


In Coach Nash’s fourth season, the Cavaliers opened the year receiving votes in the 2013 NAIA Top-25 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll as they proceeded to win a program record eight games in conference play but finished as runners-up with an 8-2-0 mark in conference play. Overall the Cavs went 13-7-0 for their third straight 10+ win season under Nash with a perfect 7-0-0 mark at the friendly confines of Howard Fisher Memorial Field. At home under Nash the Cavaliers dominated their seven opponents with a 26-3 scoring margin. The Cavaliers advanced to their second straight AAC Tournament final with a record setting 8-1 come-from-behind victory over Milligan in the semifinals.


As a student-athlete, Nash attended Saginaw Valley State University from 1997-2000 where she was a four-year starter and served as team captain for three years.  It was in college when Nash first began coaching as a trainer for travel youth clubs and shortly began her first head coaching positions at Frankenmuth High as the JV Girls Coach and Freeland High School as the Boys Varsity Coach while earning her BA in Sports and Fitness Management from SVSU.


In 2005, Nash took a fulltime position as the Director of Youth Development and the Girls Academy at the Chicago Fire Juniors - Michigan, a direct affiliate of the MLS Chicago Fire.  While coaching for the CFJ-Michigan club, she led her teams to the State Cup Quarter Finals, Super Y-League National Finals in 2008 and 2009, as well as winning her Premier divisions on numerous occasions.  In addition to coaching at the youth level, Coach Nash was also the Assistant Coach for Davenport University in 2009-10, helping to lead the Panthers to their most successful season ever taking third place in the WHAC and making post season play for the first time in program history. Nash also served as the Head Coach for the Mona Shores Varsity Girls Program where she led the team to an overall record of 12-5-1 finishing second in their conference.


In addition to her wealth of coaching experiences, Nash has also been blessed with some high level playing opportunities.  After her collegiate career, Nash continued to play semi-professionally within the USL W-League for seven years, the highest level of women's soccer prior to the start of WPS in 2009.  Nash played with and against some of the best female players in the world as she made stops with the Asheville Splash and the West Michigan Firewomen. In 2006, Nash traveled to Japan as a part of Ambassadors in Sports (AIS) where she played and ministered the gospel to young kids and women. 


In September of 2009, Nash was selected to attend a player combine for the new Women's Professional Soccer League.  From there she was invited by the New Jersey Sky Blue, eventual 2009 WPS Champions, to attend tryouts where she was one of only three girls out of 60 who were selected for preseason team camp and training. 


After reaching this pinnacle in her playing career, Nash turned her focus to coaching and took the reins of Montreat College. 

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Danielle Brighton
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Bacone College

Danielle Brighton begins her first season as assistant soccer coach for the Cavaliers. Brighton is a 2015 graduate of Bacone College, where she was a member of the women's soccer team and  a four-year starter. During her time with the Warriors, Danielle helped lead them to an NAIA semi-final berth during her freshman year while serving as the top goal-scorer during her junior campaign. Brighton was also named the NAIA National Player of the Week in September 2015. 

After completing her degree in Criminal Justice at Bacone in 2015, Brighton would go on to coach the U13 Oklahoma Arsenal to a top-15 state finish. She also served as an Academic Affairs Coordinator and International Student Coordinator. A native of Immingham, England, Brighton will join the Cavaliers in time for the 2016 season while also pursuing her master's degree at Montreat.

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