Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tony Setzer, one of the pillars of Gardner-Webb’s men’s soccer program during his career in Boiling Springs, is entering his 24th season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. The Bulldogs’ career victories leader with 163, Setzer, the face of GWU Men’s Soccer, has spent his entire 22-year collegiate career as a head coach in Boiling Springs, N.C. and has spearheaded the growth of soccer at Gardner-Webb University and throughout Cleveland County. Setzer has been vital in the Bulldogs success over three transitions, as GWU transitioned to the NCAA Division I in 2000-01, moved into the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2002-03 and then most recently moved into the Big South Conference in 2008-09.
Prior to joining the Gardner-Webb family, Setzer served as an assistant coach at The Citadel under Bill Barfield. Setzer earned his Master’s degree from The Citadel in 1988. A 1986 graduate of Lander (S.C.) University, Setzer was a standout goalkeeper for the annually powerful Senators and enjoyed a brief professional playing career with the Columbus Capitals of the APISL before heading to The Citadel. Setzer, who holds a USSF “A” License, is also the founder of the Runnin’ Bulldog Soccer Academy, and has been a driving force in the youth soccer movement in Cleveland County and, specifically, in Boiling Springs with the Greater Cleveland County Soccer Association. On most Saturdays, thousands of youth soccer players descend on Gardner-Webb University’s campus to compete in league and tournament matches.
Setzer is married to the former Kristen Lott, a four-time All-Conference selection for the Gardner-Webb women’s program in the mid-1990s, and the program’s leader in goals with 49 and second leading career scorer with 113 points. The couple resides in Boiling Springs and has four daughters. Madison Faye will be seven years old on Nov. 20. On March 20, 2007, the couple gave birth to triplets - Sydney Dianne, Morgan Jeanette and Cadence McRee.
Associate Director - Tyler Kettering
Former GWU standout and career saves leader Tyler Kettering is entering his second year as Associate Head Coach for the Gardner-Webb men’s soccer program. Kettering, who served as an assistant coach in 2007, serves as the recruiting coordinator and contact for the Bulldogs, as well as running day to day team operations along with developing and implementing practice sessions and overseeing the goalkeeper training throughout the season. In 2009, the Bulldogs posted an 8-6-3 overall record and a 4-3-1. GWU posted three shutouts, including a 1-0 win over Clemson in the season opener. GWU’s goalkeepers allowed only 31 goals on the season, posted a 1.75 goals against average and a 66.3 saves percentage. Starting keeper Trent Kozman led the Bulldogs with 53 saves on the season.
Kettering, who manned the goal for the Bulldogs from 2003-06, was a two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection and earned a spot on the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshmen Team. Kettering, who hails from Xenia, Ohio, was a three-time Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week recipient and led the Bulldogs in saves all four seasons he played at GWU. Kettering, who holds both the Atlantic Sun Conference and the GWU records in career saves with 446, led the nation in saves in both 2004 and 2006. Kettering is also second in the GWU career record books with 15 career shutouts, second in single-season shutouts with six in 2006, third in single-season goals against average with an average of 1.25 in 2005 and fourth in single season saves with 134. After his playing days at Gardner-Webb, Kettering went on to play professionally with both the Wilmington Hammerheads (2006-07) and the Chicago Fire of the MLS (2008-09).
Kettering was married to the former Ali Labig on December 29, 2007. The couple resides in Boiling Springs with their son Logan, who was born on March 19, 2009.
Bradley Morrison - Director of the Junior Academy
Bradley is a former Gardner-Webb University Men's Soccer Assistant coach, former All-Conference selection for GWU, and is currently the Director of Coaching for the Greater Cleveland County Soccer Association. Morrison holds a National Youth License and is a dynamic teacher of the game. Morriosn is a local product from Crest High School and is one of the best young coaches in the game.
Assistiant Director - Jason Osborne
A youth player at Derby County in the English Premier League, former England Futsal and World Student Games International, Jason went on to play and captain Stetson University, where he recently became a Hall of Fame Inductee. Jason is the director of boys soccer for FCCA. The former Associate Head Coach at Gardner-Webb University, Jason holds a Masters in Business Administration, a UEFA B License and multiple USSF Licenses. Jason is currently the assistant at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Current and Former Staff
Dennis Puckerin - Former Trinidad and Tobago National Team player, NAIA All-American, GWU Hall of Fame Mark Labig - Former Carson Newman Assistant Coach Matt Necerowitz - Former GWU stand out and from Norwich FC Academy Lennox Charles - Polk County High School Luke Eckerdley - FCCA Youth Director and former UNCC Standout Rob Berkowitz - Head Women's Coach Frostburg State Sara Currie - Former GWU Women's Assistaint - Shelby High and UNCC Women's Standout Kevin Mounce - Head Women's Coach at Gardner-Webb University
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