Soccer Coaching Staff
Adrian Blewitt was named UALR’s head soccer coach in December 2012, and he was immediately tasked with turning around a struggling program. In his first year with the Trojans, that turnaround was in full swing.
UALR doubled its win total from 2012 to 2013, reaching the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009. Junior Ariel Galletti was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team, and the Trojans scored five more goals while allowing 41 fewer goals from their opposition. The rebuilding continues with a new crop of talent incoming for the 2014 season.
In 16 years as a head coach, Blewitt led his teams to appearances in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and six conference championships, and he has won four conference or region Coach of the Year honors. On three separate occasions, Blewitt's teams have finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Blewitt compiled a 167-66-12 overall record as a head men's and women's soccer coach at NCAA Division II schools Lees-McRae College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, including a 36-5-3 mark in his final two seasons as head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne. After one year at UALR, his career record stands at 171-80-12.
Blewitt's coaching experience includes seven years at Lenoir-Rhyne University (2005-11), including the last five as the head women's soccer coach.
In 2011, Blewitt led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 17-3-1 overall record, a South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2010, the Bears went 19-2-2, won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles, advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Division II Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 8 in the nation. Blewitt was named the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
Blewitt also served as Lenoir-Rhyne's head men's soccer coach from 2005-08, and led the 2006 Bears to a South Atlantic Conference Championship, an Appalachian Regional Championship and a Sweet 16 Appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The 2006 Bears finished the year with a 19-1-1 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking, while Blewitt took home Coach of the Year honors for both the South Atlantic Conference and the NSCAA Appalachian Region.
From 2002-05 at Lees-McRae College, Blewitt led the Bobcats to back-to-back Carolina-Virginia Athletics Conference Championships (now known as Conference Carolinas) and coached two-time All-American and New England Revolution player Khano Smith.
As the head men's soccer coach at Division III member Methodist College (now Methodist University) from 1997-02, Blewitt won 34 games and led the Monarchs to a top-25 national ranking in 2001.
A four-year standout and two-year team captain at Lock Haven University, Blewitt was a four-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection (1990-93) and was named the league's Defensive MVP in 1993. Blewitt helped the Bald Eagles to back-to-back PSAC Championships in 1990 and 1991, as well as an appearance in the Elite Eight round of the 1992 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Over his career, Blewitt has coached five NCAA Division II All-Americans, four conference Players of the Year and four Freshmen of the Year winners.
Blewitt earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1994 and his master's degree in liberal arts in 1996, both from Lock Haven University.
Blewitt is a member of numerous athletic groups and organizations, including the National Soccer Coaches of America Association, United States Soccer Federation, North Carolina Olympic Development Staff, Virginia State Olympic Development Program and the Association of Football Coaches and Teachers.
A native of Grimsby, England, Blewitt and his wife Tamara have one daughter, JoElle.