Sam Avery enters his third season as an assistant coach on the Longwood men?s soccer season, after being appointed to the position in July of 2015.
Avery oversees day-to-day aspects of the program, assisting with breaking down film, drawing practice plans and organization of the roster. In addition, he plays a vital role in the squad?s recruiting efforts and serves as a mentor for the squad, leading character-building team activities.
In 2016, Avery assisted the Lancers to the program?s first-ever appearance in the Big South Championship game. After a golden goal victory over rival Liberty in the regular season finale to clinch a spot in the Big South Tournament, Avery aided the Lancers through a hot streak to the finals before eventually falling to top-seeded Radford. In that run, the Lancers knocked off UNC Asheville and second-seeded High Point on the road.
Longwood finished the 2016 season with an 8-12-1 record behind the dynamic duo of Finnlay Wyatt, who scored six goals and added six assists, and Dan Campos, who led the NCAA with 12 assists from his midfield position. After success with the Lancers, Wyatt signed a professional contract with the Richmond Kickers while Campos returns for his senior campaign.
Avery helped the Lancers to a breakout 2015 campaign, doubling their wins and improving to an overall record of 9-9-1 and 4-4-1 in Big South play. The team ranked amongst the Big South?s top-three for goals scored after the squad?s group of freshman accounted for nearly half of Longwood?s total. The storm of scoring was led by All-Big South second team selection and redshirt-freshman Willy Miezan, who finished the season nationally-ranked as one of the top scorers in Division I.
Avery graduated from Columbia International University in 2012 and was a four-year standout on their men?s soccer team, playing in the midfield and forward.
Avery, along with his wife, Olivia, son, Maximus, and daughter, Camilla reside in Farmville.