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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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.

Assistant Coach
Sam Lofts

Head coach Bryce Cooper announced the hiring of Sam Lofts as an assistant coach in March 2018.
"I’m very excited to join the program,” stated Lofts. ”It’s a program that’s headed in the right direction going forward. Bryce has done a very good job so far in the two years that he’s been here. He’s excited about what he’s looking to do for the program in the future. I’m very excited to add to that and be a part of it.”
While a student-athlete at Lander, Lofts assisted the girls soccer team at Greenwood High School. In the position, he organized and supervised structured practices throughout the week while teaching the fundamentals of soccer and sportsmanship.
During the 2017 season, Lofts was an intern for the Lander men’s soccer program while also competing for the Bearcats, observiving day-to-day activities. He also helped organize game day operations and plan travel arrangements. Lofts also learned the foundations of budgeting, recruiting, and player management. He put in 100 hours during the course of the internship.
Lofts had a successful career with Lander, helping the team tally a 41-11-5 record during his four years in Greenwood. He racked up several awards and honors in 2017: Lofts was named second team all-Southeast Region by the United Soccer Coaches, second team all-Peach Belt Conference, and earned a PBC Player of the Week award.
During the 2017 season he appeared in 20 matches, making 16 starts for the Bearcats. Lofts netted eight goals with five assists for 21 points. He recorded his first career hat trick in the 4-0 win over Francis Marion. Lander was ranked No. 17 at the time of their Southeast Regional championship appearance. The team went into double-overtime with the fourth-seeded Young Harris, where they dropped 3-2.
In the 2016 season, he appeared in 18 matches and made 16 starts. Lofts led the team with 28 points, a team-high 12 goals and four assists. He netted two goals and tied his career high with seven shots in 4-0 victory over UNC Pembroke in Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Lofts graduated from Lander in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While on the team, he maintained a 3.41 GPA and made the President’s and Dean’s Lists. He holds the USSF D, E, and F License. Lofts is also a Certified Personal Trainer, receiving his certification in England. He has also totaled 100 internship hours at South Marston Gym.
"I’m excited to welcome Sam to our program and the Newberry family," said Cooper. "Sam had a very successful playing career and has a bright coaching future ahead of him. Throughout the search process he showed good insights and analysis into our program, and has a maturity beyond his years.
"He should have an immediate impact on our players and be able to help us take that next step to compete for our first championship. We aspire to do what programs like Lander have done in recent years. I’m excited to work with him and look forward to having him aboard."