Goalkeeper Coach / Lipscomb University Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
After an unprecedented academic and athletic career, former Martin Methodist Men’s Soccer standout Stephen Lunney is set to begin his next chapter as he was recently named to a graduate assistant position at NCAA Division I institution Lipscomb University.
Lunney, who captained the RedHawks for the last three seasons, is expected to serve under 11th-year head coach Charles Morrow. In addition to Lunney’s everyday duties, the former RedHawk will also serve as the Bisons goalkeeper coach.
The Dublin, Ireland native closed his Martin Methodist career last May as the most decorated student-athlete in school history. As the captain of a RedHawk club that claimed the 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer national title, Lunney also garnered the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year awards.
In addition to his time in net with the RedHawks, Lunney also was a fan favorite and two-year starter for Nashville FC, a National Premier Soccer League squad.
And while Lunney’s list of athletic achievements was lengthy, it was even further outdone by his list of accolades in the classroom.
Boasting a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, Lunney earned the Martin Methodist President’s Award, given to the highest grade-point average among graduating seniors. Lunney also was a two-time Men's Soccer CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American of the Year (’13, ’14) and repeated in both years as the Southern States Athletic Conference Musco Lighting Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A Physical Education major, Lunney will also use his time at Lipscomb to further his education at the graduate level.
“I cherished every minute of my career at Martin Methodist,” Lunney said. “I will take those memories with me for the rest of my life. But I am thrilled to be accepting this position with the staff at Lipscomb University. Lipscomb has a tremendous program and a terrific group of coaches. I am excited to get to work and to help them become the best program possible.”
“I am excited to hear about Stephen continuing his education and soccer coaching career at Lipscomb University," RedHawks head coach Chris Leonardi said. "He is a great example of how well Martin Methodist has prepared him for his Master’s program as well as his passion towards coaching and the game of soccer. He has been a great ambassador for us over the last four years, and I am sure that he will be doing the same the next couple of years for Lipscomb University.”
Martin Methodist kicks off its 2015 campaign on Wednesday, August 26 when it hosts Truett-McConnell College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at the East Campus Soccer Complex and Grissom Pitch.