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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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."

Assistant Coach
Cody Postupac

Head coach Bryce Cooper has announced the hiring of Cody Postupac as an assistant coach, primarily working with goalkeepers.

“There is a lot of potential in this program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the players and staff, on and off the field,” Postupac said upon his hire.

Postupac joins the Newberry staff following a stint as a graduate assistant at Walsh University located in North Canton, Ohio in 2018. Postupac served as an assistant for the first team and was head coach of the reserve team at Walsh. His other responsibilities included budgeting, recruiting, scouting opponents, planning practices, creating workout programs and organizing camps.

Before his stint at Walsh, Postupac taught high school physics at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia for two years. While teaching, Postupac joined the boys’ soccer team coaching staff where he worked with the varsity and JV teams during his stay. Postupac also coached club soccer with the Shenandoah Valley Elite where he worked with high school and youth players.

Postupac graduated from Westminster College in Pennsylvania where he was a four-year starter as a holding midfielder. During his senior season, Postupac was named captain and led Westminster to a conference championship for the first time since 2008. Postupac was also named as an all-conference team selection and helped the team defeat the No. 2 ranked team in the conference tournament semifinals. Postupac graduated with a degree in physics and a minor in secondary education.

“I’m excited to welcome Cody to the Newberry family,” Cooper stated.

“Cody has experience coaching on several different levels and fronts that will serve him well here. He’s a high character guy, who prides himself on doing what’s necessary to get the job done. He will primarily be working with the goal keepers as well as other duties with the team. I’m looking forward to working with him as we continue to elevate this program in the SAC and the Southeast region.”