Tyson John is in his first season as the head women’s soccer coach at USC Upstate. John was named the program’s fourth head coach on July 18, 2016.
Prior to arriving in Spartanburg, John compiled a 74-23-4 record in five seasons at Martin Methodist, including five consecutive NAIA Tournament appearances and two straight visits to the NAIA Quarterfinals. He was named the TSAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. As the head coach of the Redhawks, John coached 13 NAIA All-Americans and two NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
“I would like to thank Mr. Lee Fowler, Mr. Brandon McKillop and the entire search committee for granting me this opportunity,” said John. “I would also like to thank Mr. Jeff Bain and the entire staff and faculty at Martin Methodist College. My time at MMC gave me the foundation to push my career to the next level.”
Before joining Martin Methodist, John spent two seasons at Lyon College where he went 22-6-3 during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In seven seasons of coaching, John has put together an overall record of 96-29-7 with all 29 losses coming to teams ranked in the national top 25.
In John's seven seasons of coaching, he has directed 17 NAIA All-Americans and had six players earn NAIA scholar-athlete honors. A total of 12 players under John's direction have represented their national team. Fabiola Sanchez, a four-time All-American and 2015 SSAC Defensive Player of the Year, saw action in the World Cup and the Olympics for Costa Rica while three-time All-American and 2015 SSAC Offensive Player of the Year Jennifer Munoz started every match for Guatemala in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.
“We are excited to welcome Tyson John as our new women’s soccer coach,” said Athletic Director Lee Fowler. “He has a solid background in collegiate soccer and has mentored numerous student-athletes during his coaching tenure. Tyson is an excellent fit for USC Upstate. I am excited to have him lead our women’s soccer program into the future.”
John began his coaching career as an assistant coach with United Soccer League (USL) W-League FC Fredericksburg Gunner Women from 2007-09 and assisted the team in technical training, conditioning, fitness training and game plan preparation. During this time, John was also the head coach of the USL Women’s Super 20, USL Super Y Girls 16, USL Super Y Girls 14 and USL Super Girls 13.
A three-time NAIA All-American at Ottawa University and Southern Wesleyan University from 2005-07, John earned three All-Conference selections as well as three NAIA All-Region First Team awards. He garnered NSCAA South Region Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. John was chosen as the Southern Wesleyan University Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.
“I am humbled by this appointment at USC Upstate, as it is an honor to coach at the top level of collegiate sports,” John added. “After meeting with two of the team captains, I am extremely excited about working with this group of women. Coach (Abby) Minihan has done a great job of bringing this team together and I am here to build on the hard work she has instilled into this program. I look forward to the challenges in this upcoming 2016 season.”
John played professionally for five seasons in the USL/PDL as well as the PASL. He is a native of Southern California.