(Eric) Kwame Appiah
(Eric) Kwame Appiah joined the Bryan College Athletics staff as the Head Coach of the women's soccer program beginning in May 2018, marking just the fourth Head Women's Soccer Coach since women's soccer became an NAIA sport at Bryan in the fall of 1997.
Kwame, a native of Asamankese, Ghana comes to Bryan after spending the last five years as an assistant coach for neighboring NCAA Div. II Lee University's men's soccer program.
"I am very ecstatic to be joining the Bryan College family as the Head Women's Soccer Coach," said Kwame. "I am strongly aware of the rich tradition of the college, the athletic department, and the women's soccer program. The combination of Christian values, a competitive environment, and a commitment to excellence and to developing student-athletes to be their absolute best both on and off the field makes Bryan College a very unique place."
His experience on the professional, collegiate, and international stage will only add to the already top-ranked Lady Lions. In addition to playing professionally in Ghana, he took his talents to Mount Vernon, Ohio where he competed for current NAIA and Crossroads League member Mount Vernon Nazarene University, earning numerous accolades competing as a standout center-back for the Cougars. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Mount Vernon in Exercise Science before going to Tiffin, Ohio and applying himself both on the field as a graduate assistant and in the classroom, giving way to a Masters of Arts in Education from Heidelberg University.
While on the pitch for Mount Vernon, Kwame anchored a defense that posted 15 shutouts in 2009 en route to the NCCAA national tournament, where he received All-Tournament team honors. The following year, the Cougars battled their way to an overall record of 17-7-2 and 11 shutouts. During his senior year, Kwame served the squad as a co-captain and helped maintain great leadership both on and off the field of play.
His strong knowledge of the game, good administrative skills, maturity, and work ethic were noticed by the Lee University staff, which led to him being hired on as an assistant coach for the Flames. Just as Kwame said prior to becoming a Flame, "I'm going to bring everything I can to help make this program a national power," he followed through as Kwame helped lead Lee to the program's first-ever national title in 2014, capturing the NCCAA Div. I National Championship.
Kwame also holds a National Diploma from the NSCAA and an USSF D License. His expertise in recruiting, scouting, and training combined with his strong faith that helped Lee go the right direction and attain many triumphs will help Bryan in their continued success as they've become a dominating force in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. "I am blessed to have this opportunity to invest in the Women's Soccer program as we work together to achieve the mission of Bryan College 'Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today's world,' remarked Kwame. "Honoring God with our very best in all that we do is paramount to my coaching philosophy. I want to thank President Dr. Stephen Livesay, Athletic Director Taylor Hasty, and the entire search committee for this amazing opportunity to join their institution and lead the Women's Soccer program."
Kerri Heinbaugh is new to the Bryan College Women's Soccer Coaching Staff as of May 2017 and will be entering the 2017-18 season as her first year with the Lions.
A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Heinbaugh comes to Bryan after serving as an assistant coach with NCAA Div. I and Mid-American Conference school, University of Akron (Ohio) Women's Soccer Team, and helped the Lady Zips in 2015-16 to their best start in a season since 2008, first MAC tournament appearance since 2011, and first-ever appearance in the MAC Tournament Semifinals.
Prior to Akron, Heinbaugh called NCAA Div. II Slippery Rock University (Penn.) her home where she performed the duties of a graduate assistant during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. But her passion for the sport truly revealed itself at NCAA Div. I powerhouse, West Virginia University, where she competed in her undergraduate career for the Mountaineers and earned a spot in both the NCAA and West Virginia University's record books. Her 44 shutouts compiled during her career while wearing old gold and blue is the 7th-highest in NCAA history and the best by any Mountaineer. She also holds the record at West Virginia for career goals-against average (0.67) and single-season shutouts (14). With Heinbaugh between the posts for the West Virginia, the Mountaineers took the BIG EAST Conference crown in 2007 and 2010 before switching over to the BIG 12 Conference where they also were named conference champions, while also seeing the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Her performance on the pitch earned her All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team, BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Soccer Buzz All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, and NSCAA All-Region honors.
In 2012, Heinbaugh received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia in exercise physiology. Instead of moving on directly after graduation, she chose to keep the high reputation alive of Mountaineer's goalies by mentoring the women's soccer keepers for two years, as well as, pass on her knowledge to participants of the West Virginia United Soccer Club and West Virginia Women's Soccer summer camps.
Her playing career was far from over following her time as a Mountaineer as she gained attention at an Atlanta Beat open tryout, giving way to her first action in Women's Professional Soccer. Her extensive playing career also includes being a part of D.C. United Women's Soccer's inaugural season, which is a member of the W-League, the second tier of Women's Professional Soccer in the United States and Canada.
Along with coaching at Bryan, she will be guarding the goal for the Chattanooga Football Club, which is a Southeast Division member of the National Premier Soccer League, and serving as a CFC Academy Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer.
Heinbaugh received a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Slippery Rock in 2015 and owns both an NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeper License and USSF "F" License. She is registered to take the USSF "E" License this month. Another goal of hers is to complete both the USSF "D" License and bump her NSCAA Goalkeeper License to Level 2 this summer.
Kerri currently resides in Chattanooga, Tenn.