Brian Copham, head coach of the Jacksonville University women’s soccer program, has announced the hiring of Ryan Patridge as the team’s newest assistant coach. Patridge joins the Dolphins’ program (March, 2015) after spending the past year on staff with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club.
In his time with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club, Patridge was responsible for planning and executing a training curriculum as well as scheduling and coordinating the clubs’ schedule.
Prior to working in Ohio, he aided the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club/Attack Soccer Club in Birmingham, Ala. where he was on staff for 12 Alabama Youth Soccer Association state champion teams from U11-U19. Between 1997 and 2007, Patridge helped the club to five Region III tournament quarterfinal appearances and two Region III tournament semifinal appearances.
Patridge’s personal recognitions and accolades include being tabbed a three-time Coach of the Year by the Birmingham News as well as ESPN’s Rise National Coach of the Year.
Many of his student-athletes have gone on to achieve success at the professional level; they include Victoria Fredrick (Seattle Reign FC), Katy Frierson Freels (Sky Blue FC), Chandler Hoffman (Philadelphia Union, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo), Merritt Mathias (FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC) and Allison Whitworth (FC Gold Pride, Chicago Red Stars, Atlanta Beat).