Staff
Head Coach
Bryce Cooper

Newberry College director of athletics Matthew Finley announced the hiring of Bryce Cooper as head coach of the Wolves' men's soccer program in January 2016.

Cooper joins the Newberry family after serving as assistant men's soccer coach at Duquesne University for the past three seasons. In his tenure, the Dukes twice qualified for the Atlantic 10 conference tournament with 10 players earning all-A10 honors and one Academic All-America. The Dukes also won the NSCAA Team Academic Award with a team grade point average above 3.0 in all three of Cooper's seasons on the Pittsburgh campus.

At Duquesne, Cooper assisted in all aspects of the program including developing, planning and leading training sessions, recruiting, organizing all team travel, academic monitoring and scheduling, game management and analysis, video analysis, running and organizing camps, organizing team equipment and apparel, coordinating and establishing an alumni database and organizing opponent scouting.

"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Matt Finley, President Dr. Maurice Scherrens, Dr. Sandra Scherrens, Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. David Rachels and the rest of the committee for the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program at Newberry College.," Cooper said. "I am extremely grateful and humbled by this opportunity and hope to put the pieces in place to have success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

"Matt and the rest of the department have a exciting vision and aggressive plan to make Newberry athletics a regional power and national contender. I can't wait to get started and know that we will build something that the faculty, alumni, students and campus community will be proud of."

"It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to announce Bryce Cooper as the head men’s soccer coach at Newberry College," Finley said. "Bryce rose to the top of a deep candidate pool and was well received by our campus during his visit. I was extremely impressed with how he understands the big picture with regards to what it takes to build a solid foundation for a soccer program and look forward to watching him develop our current student-athletes.

"Future prospective-student athletes and their families are going to have a hard time telling Bryce no – he will do an excellent job of attracting high quality student athletes to Newberry College. Bryce’s enthusiasm, experience and leadership skills make him the right person to elevate the Newberry College men’s soccer program. The values and character which Bryce bring to the table will also be an asset to our department, the campus and the entire Newberry Community. I am excited to welcome Bryce, Courtney and Stori to the Newberry family," Finley added.

Cooper came to Duquesne after spending the 2012 season at Saint Francis, Pa. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as an assistant at Butler.

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Head Coach
Diana Alexander

Diana ‘Deedee’ Alexander was named the head women's soccer coach at Newberry College in January 2014 after serving the program as an assistant coach for two years.

Alexander came to Newberry from the University of San Diego, where she helped the Toreros win their first West Coast Conference title and aided USD in a run to the round of 16 in the 2011 Women’s College Cup.

Prior to joining the coaching staff at USD, Alexander was a member of the staff at Kansas Wesleyan University where KWU one multiple conference titles and reached the round of 16 in the NAIA national tournament. Alexander previously served as a volunteer assistant at Cal State-Northridge and as an athlete recruiter for Nike’s Velocity Sports Performance program.

Before reaching the coaching ranks, Alexander wrapped up her playing career as a member of the Pepperdine women’s soccer team. At Pepperdine, Alexander started as a center defender on one of the top ranked defenses in the country. As a junior the Argentine national team scouted Alexander, before she graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Psychology and Child Education.

Alexander joined the nationally ranked Waves after beginning her collegiate career at Long Beach State. As a freshman Alexander was named first team All-Big West and despite battling injuries as a sophomore was named honorable mention All-Big West her second season.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Alexander has played soccer since she was a youth. Her prestigious Yankee United Heat club team won seven Connecticut state championships and twice Alexander was named MVP. Yankee United Heat won regional’s twice and once was the national champion.

After moving to California, Alexander joined the Hart High School soccer team and also the Valley United Stars 83 club side. At Hart, Alexander was a four-year varsity starter and team captain, while being named first team all-conference on three occasions and twice earning first team All-California Interscholastic Federation. In 1999 Hart HS won the California state title.

In the club ranks, Alexander captained Valley United Stars 83, a club side that won two regional championships and 57 tournament championships. A one-time regional tournament MVP, Alexander finished her time with Valley United Stars 83 with a team record of 413-48 with 315 team shutouts.

Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Reuben Burk

Newberry College men's soccer head coach Bryce Cooper announced the hiring of Reuben Burk as the assistant coach of the program in February of 2017.

Reuben comes to Newberry after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. During his two seasons, Burk helped with a variety of duties including daily coaching, game management, recruiting nationally, scouting, helping plan off-season schedules, game day preparations, travel coordination, community service, and helping run the program's summer camps and clinics.

"I couldn't be more thrilled and excited to help serve Newberry College, the men's soccer team and Coach Cooper," stated Burk. "The collective campus desire to create a great four-year experience for each student at Newberry, as well as the unique charm of having a family atmosphere, are what really impressed me while I was here. I was also incredibly motivated by Coach Cooper's vision for the men's soccer program moving forward. I believe the men's soccer team has a vast amount of untapped potential and under Coach Cooper's leadership, I strongly believe exciting times are around the corner."

During the fall 2015 season, Reuben helped oversee a defense that only allowed 14 goals all year which was a program high since 2008. The team also managed an impressive 0.73 goals against average, which was ranked 19th in the nation for Division I and 2nd in the Patriot League in the fall 2015. During this season, Reuben oversaw the goalkeeper training and coached senior goalkeeper Kevin Wright who earned All-Patriot League Second-Team.

In 2016, Burk also helped coach midfielder Yuji Callahan who earned All-Patriot League Third-Team and forward Arno Rupp who earned All-Patriot League Academic Team. At Holy Cross, Reuben took on the role of overseeing all community service initiatives for the program and helped the men's soccer student-athletes connect with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Working for Worcester.

Prior to Holy Cross, Reuben served as the Men's Soccer assistant coach at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Along with head coach Matt Smith, the staff brought swift success to the program. In 2014, the program reached the semi-finals of the Empire 8 Tournament, which marked the programs first conference tournament appearance in 9 years. That year the team finished 9-8-3, which also marked the teams first winning season in 10 years, earning the staff the '2014 Empire 8 Coaching Staff Award'. The team then advanced to the quarterfinals in the ECAC Tournament. This post-season tournament marked the team's first ECAC tournament appearance in 24 years. In 2014, the team also earned the NCAA Team Academic Award, and in his two years, Burk helped coach 1 NCAA All-Region player and 3 All-Empire 8 conference players. Reuben also served as the interim head coach during the Winter of 2013. In the Winter of the following year, he also helped Coach Smith bring the team to Barbados for a 10-day soccer experience.

Prior to Alfred, Burk was a four-year student-athlete at Hobart College in Geneva, NY. His playing days were marked by much success under head coach Shawn Griffin. In both 2009 and 2011, Hobart finished in the top 25 Division III national rankings and made appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. In 2009, Reuben helped Hobart win the Liberty League Conference Championship. Burk was also a standout in the classroom by being recognized on the Liberty League All-Academic Team in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Also during his time at Hobart, Burk traveled to Brazil in the Summer 2013 for a soccer tour, and was a member of the ‘Seniors Committee’ Statesmen Athletic Association in 2013. He also studied abroad in Prague Czech Republic during the Spring of 2012. During his time in Europe, Reuben visited football venues such as Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Ajax, and Barcelona.

Reuben graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a Bachelors in Anthropology/Sociology and Religious Studies. He then got his Masters in Business Administration from Alfred University in 2015. Reuben holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as the USSF D License. He also maintains his own soccer website:www.ReubenBurkCoaching.com.

"Reuben will be a great addition to our staff," said Newberry head coach Bryce Cooper. "He comes from a great environment having worked most recently under Coach Marco Koolman up at Holy Cross where he gained invaluable experience working in all facets of the program. His enthusiasm and growth mindedness were a big factor in his hiring as he is constantly looking for ways to grow and develop as a coach. He has a great mind for the game and will give us the ability to do more on the analytics side of things as well as give the players more insights into tactics and scouting. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m excited about bringing him aboard."

Assistant Coach
Theresa Berman

Theresa Berman was hired as assistant women's soccer coach at Newberry College in July 2015.

Berman started in the Newberry midfield in the 2011 and 2012 seasons after transferring from the University of Texas-Brownsville. In her senior season, she was elected as a team captain and started all 19 games. Following her graduation from Newberry in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in sport management, Berman went on to play two seasons of professional soccer in Iceland.

Berman spent two years playing in the Pepsi Women's Premier League, playing for Þróttur Reykjavík in 2013 before moving to Fjölnir in 2014, w. With both clubs, Berman also coached lower level and youth teams for the clubs while overcoming the language barrier. Between the two seasons, she worked as a personal trainer in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Patrick Burnette

Patrick Burnette was added to the Newberry men's soccer staff as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in July 2017.


“I'm excited about the opportunity Coach Cooper is giving me,” said Burnette, “and am ready to help the program continue building successful young men on and off the pitch.”


“I’m excited to welcome Patrick to our program and the Newberry family,” Cooper added. “He has strong ties to the area and comes with great past experience at the club and collegiate level. He will be able to help our goal keepers get more functional training and help with their overall development, which will be a much needed piece we had been missing in the past. He has good connections in the area and will be able to help us continue to raise our recruiting profile in the state and region. I am looking forward to working with him.”


Burnette served as the Director of Goalkeeping for Global Premier Soccer Lexington Soccer Academy in the Columbia area and the head coach of both the U8 and U11 teams at the club.


He also has an extensive background coaching in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He spent two seasons as a Technical Trainer with the Summerville Soccer Club, three as a Goalkeeping Coach for the Charleston Southern women’s program, and nine as an assistant boys coach at Stratford High School.


A Charleston native, Burnette played the 1994-96 seasons with Charleston Southern University before finishing his career at Lander in 2000. He played professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks for one season.