Centre assistant hired at Spalding
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Adam Boyer, who is finishing his third year as the assistant men's soccer coach at Centre, has recently been named as the next head men's soccer coach at Spalding. The Golden Eagles posted a 1-15-0 record last year in their final season as a provisional member of Division III.
A native of Louisville, Boyer is primed to return to his hometown and build up the program at the city's lone Division III institution. He replaces Kevin Cromwell, who coached both men's and women's soccer at Spalding. Shilo Rayburn was named women's soccer coach, although no details were provided.
"I'm extremely excited to be the next head coach at Spalding University," said Boyer. "I believe in the direction that athletic director Roger Burkman is taking Spalding athletics, and I am looking forward to helping the men's soccer program progress forward."
A 2009 Centre graduate, Boyer was quick to give credit to his experiences at his alma mater as a player and coach.
"I cannot say thank you enough to Coach Burch and the rest of the Centre athletics department," Boyer added. "I have spent seven great years here as a player and coach, and they have undoubtedly been instrumental in preparing me for this next step in my coaching career. They deserve all the credit for their positive influence, and I cannot wait to take what I have learned at Centre and implement it with Spalding."
Boyer, who was named as an NSCAA All-American and NSCAA Academic All-American as a senior in 2008 before taking over as the assistant coach in 2009, adds to an impressive list of Centre soccer alumni involved in coaching college soccer, including both Mark Hudson (Head Men's Coach, Austin College) and David Horne (Director of Soccer Operations, University of Louisville), who were the previous Assistant Coaches under Jeb Burch.
"We are very proud of Adam, he has worked hard these past three years and he is ready to take on this new position. Adam is a close friend, near to my family, the Centre soccer family, and he will be missed. Yet, we are excited about the prospects of our next assistant and hope to continue on the tradition of preparing assistant coaches for future opportunities in college soccer," commented Burch."
Spalding's season will kick off on Aug. 31 at Knox in Galesburg, Ill. Boyer will then return to Centre to compete in the 23rd Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic, where Spalding will serve as co-hosts. Spalding will play games on Friday, Sept. 7 vs. Covenant and Saturday, Sept 8 vs. Emory.