Camp Director / Head Coach
In his first season as head coach at South Alabama, Richard Moodie made sure the Jaguars kept their status as the elite soccer program in the Sun Belt Conference.
In year one, he guided the Jaguars to their fourth straight regular season title and fifth consecutive tournament crown, all while posting a 14-6-1 overall record and 9-1 mark in the league.
USA led the Sun Belt in four different team categories, including goals (1.90) and points (5.14) per game, and boasted the league’s player and defender of the year in Rio Hardy and Hannah Godfrey, respectively.
A league-high seven Jaguars earned all-conference distinction, with four — Rio and Steffi Hardy, Danielle Henley and Godfrey — on the first team, and three — Kory Dixon, Selma Bjorgvinsdottir and Chelsea Followwell — on the second
Rio Hardy, who paced the conference with 16 goals, 37 points and six game-winning goals, was also tabbed Second Team all-South Region by United Soccer Coaches. She was joined by Godfrey, who earned third-team honors.
The Jaguars excelled in the classroom as well, as Tiina Trutsi became just the second USA soccer student-athlete to be named CoSIDA Academic All-American, and first to be voted to the first team. Henley was also honored by United Soccer Coaches after being named to the its scholar all-region team.
After an 0-4 start to the 2017 season, South Alabama went 14-1-1 in its next 16 matches, and swept through the Sun Belt Tournament by a record combined score of 11-0. The 5-0 title win over Coastal Carolina, the largest margin in league final history, made the Jaguars the first to win five straight Sun Belt Tournament championships.
Henley, Rio and Steffi Hardy, Justice Stanford and Dixon were all named to the all-tournament, with Rio picking up most outstanding player honors.
Moodie took over the program in December 2016 following a five-year stint leading the Carson-Newman women’s program, which included a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances over the last two seasons,
A native of Stenhousemuir, Scotland, Moodie also directed the Eagle men’s soccer program to a 59-44-9 overall mark — including 35-21 in South Atlantic Conference action — the last six years while guiding the women’s team to a 48-38-7 mark in the last five seasons. In addition to leading C-N’s women to back-to-back league regular-season and tournament titles, Moodie helped the men advance to the NCAA Tournament championship match in 2013.
His last two women’s teams compiled a 36-7-1 record to go along with the four league titles and reached the second round in the NCAA Tournament in each season.
Moodie coached two straight South Atlantic Conference Players of the Year in Julianne Herrity and Lauren Wade. In 2015, Herrity became the first C-N all-American since 2009, in addition to being named first team all-region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Division II Conference Commissioners Association. The following season, Wade was named the league’s top player to go along with all-America honors from both the NSCAA (second team) and D2CCA (first).
Herrity’s totals — in just two seasons — rank fourth in school history in points (79) and fifth in goals (34).
During the 2016 season, Moodie led the Eagle women to a 17-4-1 finish after earning a first-round NCAA Tournament victory. C-N claimed a share of the SAC regular-season title with an 8-2-1 mark, then won the tournament title while outscoring the opposition 9-1 in three matches. A school-record total of 10 Eagles picked up all-conference honors and six — Wade, Herrity, Varin Ness, Heida Ragney, Holly Talbut-Smith and Averi Williams— were named to all-region squads. Wade was selected to multiple All-American teams while being chosen the SAC and Southeast Region Player of the Year.
Wade led the nation in points per game and was second in goals per game and third in assists per contest. In June, she was tabbed the 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
As a team, C-N was third in Division II in both assists and points per game, and fifth in scoring offense, and led the conference in four statistical categories while ranking second in another. Wade and Herrity ranked first and second, respectively, in both goals and points per game, and goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns was first in minutes played and second in goals against average.
For his efforts, Moodie and his assistants were selected the NSCAA Southeast Region Staff of the Year.
The previous fall, Carson-Newman posted a 19-3 overall record and a 10-1 mark in conference play before going on to claim both the program’s first SAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament victory since 2009. The Eagles knocked off two nationally-ranked opponents during the season — No. 9 Wingate and No. 13 Lenoir-Rhyne — and did not allow a goal in claiming the league title.
The 19 victories were a 16-win improvement over the year before and led to Moodie being named the conference’s coach of the year. The team won a school-record 12 straight matches, a streak that eventually came to an end in the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament to No. 3 Columbus State.
Herrity was selected to two all-region teams and was a third-team all-American and SAC Player of the Year. Ness and Ragney joined Herrity on the all-conference first team, while three others were tabbed to the second and honorable mention squads. Ness picked up the program’s first league freshman of the year honor in six years and Ragney was the SAC Women’s Championship MVP.
While the 2014 season only resulted in three wins, three losses came in overtime, and three players were named to All-SAC teams, the program’s most since 2010.
On the men’s side, Moodie finished third or better in the South Atlantic Conference four straight seasons, a stretch during which time C-N would go 28-9-5 in league play, including a league title in 2015.
Moodie was named the CaptainU National Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles’ men’s squad to the NCAA championship match in 2013 as they finished the year with a 16-6-1 mark. Carson-Newman defeated three ranked teams in the tournament, including No. 4 Rollins, before falling to No. 2 Southern New Hampshire in the title game.
Ross Frame, who scored 20 goals with 11 assists, earned South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year honors, in addition to first-team all-region and second-team all-America distinction from Daktronics and first-team all-region and third team all-America recognition from the NSCAA. He was one of six Eagles voted to the all-SAC teams. Daktronics voted Frame as its region player of the year.
In 2015, Moodie was named the SAC Coach of the Year while two individuals received all-region recognition and nine were honored by the league. The Eagles ended up 9-2 in the conference and 15-3-2 overall while sharing the regular-season crown.
Sindre Welo added to his 2013 all-region awards with first-team nods from the NSCAA and D2CCA, and was tabbed second and third team all-American by the NSCAA and D2CCA, respectively.
A four-year letterwinner at Carson-Newman from 2002-05, Moodie ranks among the program all-time leaders with 73 total appearances and 59 starts. During his final three seasons of competition, the Eagles put together a 49-10-6 record in all matches while going 19-1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, claiming three straight regular-season championships, three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and the 2005 league tournament title.
In his sophomore campaign, the Eagles went 6-1-1 in the SAC and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament after advancing to the tournament championship game. C-N reached the national quarterfinals that season — the furthest any men’s soccer team had advanced at that point — after getting past No. 1 USC Spartanburg and UNC Pembroke on penalties, before falling to eventual national champion Lynn.
The following season, Carson-Newman went unbeaten in the conference for the first time in school history for its second consecutive regular-season title, then reached the national quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons in 2005 after an unblemished 7-0 mark in the SAC and an 18-2-2 record overall. The Eagles won 13 straight matches in Moodie’s final campaign, and swept the regular season and tournament titles.
As a senior, Moodie was named first-team all-region and all-conference.
His professional career included time with the Cincinnati Kings and Columbus Crew in 2007.
Moodie currently has NSCAA national and advanced national diplomas and a Premier license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma.
A 2006 C-N graduate with a degree in business management, Moodie served as a graduate assistant with the program for two seasons before earning his master’s degree from the school in education in 2008. He was the head boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at Morristown East (Tenn.) High School before returning to his alma mater as head men’s coach in 2011.
Moodie and his wife, Jess, have two children, Caragyn (8) and Trystan (4)
Samantha Thomsit was hired as an assistant coach in February 2018.
Thomsit, who spent the previous three years at Burlingame Soccer Club as the U17 and U10 women’s soccer head coach, reunites with head coach Richard Moodie, who coached her at Carson-Newman in 2012.
In her three years at BSC, Thomsit also served as the United States Development Academy Travel Coordinator in addition to her head coaching duties. She coordinated all travel for USDA tournaments, directed the Path to College Program, and coordinated girls’ camps, among other duties.
Thomsit also spent a year at Saint Cecilia’s Private Catholic School as a K-8 physical education teacher, and worked the summer of 2015 at the Headfirst Atlanta Braves Camp, where her responsibilities included stadium tours and organizing player meet-and-greets.
In 2014, she joined the staff at the JSSL / Arsenal Soccer School in Singapore and managed the U6, U10 and U15 teams.
After graduating from Carson-Newman in 2013 with a degree in physical education, she served as the U18 head coach for Knoxville Soccer Academy and the head coach for Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Tenn.
As a player, Thomsit started 15 times as a freshman on a team that went 20-3-1, won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament championships, and advanced to the quarterfinals in the NCAA Tournament. She suffered a season-ending injury early in her sophomore season, but started all 16 games as a senior and recorded one point.
Thomsit is an FA Level 1 and USSF D licensed coach and has her NSCAA Level 2 Goalkeeping Diploma.
Graduate assistant coach
Rob Ward joined the University of South Alabama soccer staff prior to the 2017 season.
The York, England native comes to USA after a year with the Carson-Newman men’s and women’s soccer programs under current Jaguar head coach Richard Moodie.
With the Eagles, Ward was involved in recruiting, video analysis, scouting reports and the GPS tracking system.
Ward’s efforts helped the women’s program earn 2016 NSCAA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors after winning the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in as many seasons.
Under his tutelage, Lauren Wade and Jackie Burns both made senior national team appearances with Northern Ireland.
A collegiate defender, Ward played in 49 games in three seasons at Trevecca Nazarene, including all 34 in his junior and senior campaigns. He scored 10 goals – recording five as a senior to rank second on the team – and seven assists in his career for the Trojans.
Ward graduated from Trevecca Nazarene in 2015 with a degree in sport management, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in health education at South Alabama.
His coaching licenses include an NSCAA national diploma, USSF D, NSCAA goalkeeper level 2 and English FA level 1.
Coach Xavier, comes from Lyon, France where he grew up dreaming to play at the professional level one day. With an impressive youth career during which he played at the highest national level in Professional Academies such as Olympique Lyonnais Academy, Dijon FCO Academy & Grenoble Foot 38 Academy, he came to the United States in order to study and keep his dream alive.
Xavier joined the University of Mobile Men's Soccer Program in the summer of 2011. A move that would change his life forever. While playing four years for the Rams, Xavier broke a few school records including total number of shootouts and total number of saves. After reaching the NAIA National finale in 2012, the 2013 & 2014 captain was named NAIA All-American and part of the NAIA National Tournament Team in 2014.
During his four years in Mobile, Xavier was always eager to transmit his knowledge of the game to the next generation. He has always been involved with club soccer while playing and became the University of Mobile Men's Soccer Goalkeeper coach when he returned from Atlanta where he played at the semi-professional level for the Atlanta Silverbacks. He was also named Technical Director of Goalkeepers with the GC Rangers FC, where he currently coaches young players and goalkeepers.