Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Lipscomb men’s soccer coach Charles Morrow has announced the addition of Stefan Caulfield to his coaching staff.
Caulfield will join the Bisons starting at the end of May as a graduate assistant coach.
A varsity goalkeeper at Virginia Tech from 2006-2009, Caulfield will work primarily with the goalkeepers and will specialize in all training aspects of the game. While at Virginia Tech, Caulfield achieved the strength and conditioning elite athlete award twice as a Hokie.
Morrow is ecstatic to have Caulfield join the program.
“First and foremost, Stefan is a quality person,” Morrow said. “He comes highly recommended based not only on his knowledge of the game but also for his work ethic and who he is as a person. We had quite a bit of interest in this position.”
“At the end of the process, Stefan separated himself from a group of very knowledgeable and experienced coaches based not only his soccer and goalkeeping experience, but also on what he could bring to the program off the field.”
A native of Ontario, Canada, Caulfield played in 16 games for the Hokies as a junior and senior under coaches Michael Brizendine and Oliver Weiss. Outside of the college game, Caulfield was a regular playing for the Ottawa Fury in the USL Premier Development League in 2009 and Canadian U-20 National Team in 2005 and 2006.
Off the field, Caulfield concentrated heavily on academics at Virginia Tech, posting a cumulative 3.7 GPA in route to earning Dean’s List honors all three years.
Morrow and assistant coach Kevin Burk are excited about the talents and immediate impact that Caulfield will provide the Bisons program.
“Stefan has been a part of teams and played at the highest levels both within the NCAA and for his country at the U-20 level,” Morrow said. As our goalkeeper coach, Stefan will bring a new level of professionalism and consistency to our goalkeeping group.”
“It is my feeling that adding Stefan to our staff will result in more consistent performances in the goalkeeper position for us in future years,” Morrow said. Adding
Stefan to our staff will make us better in the field as well.”
“Having Stefan work with our goalkeepers on a full-time basis will allow Kevin Burk to focus more of his efforts on our field players, which is an area that is more of strength for him.”
As a coach, Caulfield has worked as a goalkeeping coach at Giles County while serving as an instructor for the Hokie Soccer Academy and Hearts Azzurri Soccer Club.
“In addition to Stefan's soccer/goalkeeping knowledge, Stefan brings along valuable work experience with him,” Morrow said.
“As valuable as Stefan will be on the field with our goalkeepers, he will be equally as valuable in the office. Stefan will add greatly to our program's marketing efforts, as well as serve as our summer soccer camp administrator.”
Photos by David Knachel, Virginia Tech Athletics Communications