Coach Godwin

Adam Godwin brings over 20 years of playing and coaching experience to the Academy. He has played at the highest level of youth soccer in England, competed at the NCAA Division I level in the US, and already has a coaching career that includes the high school, elite travel, and NCAA Division I levels. He currently holds his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, and is a member of the NSCAA National Staff where he acts as an instructor on various coaching courses around the country.

In addition to his role as Academy Head Coach, Godwin is also enjoying his second stint as an assistant coach with the NCAA Division 1 Liberty University Flames Women’s Soccer program. Re-joining the staff in March 2013, he helped lead the Flames to a 16-6 record (best in school history) & being crowned the Big South Conference champions during the 2013 season. This led to a berth in the NCAA Tournament and First Round match-up versus the North Carolina Tarheels. Godwin’s first spell with the Flames came prior to opening the Academy in 2009 when he spent almost three years as an assistant and later Interim Head Coach with the Flames program (2006 – 2008). During that time, he helped lead the Lady Flames to a Big South Conference Championship Game, and took in opposition such as University of Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and other national level programs, developing several All-Conference and All-State performers. His 2008 & 2009 recruiting classes were also ranked as the #1 recruiting classes in the Big South Conference, proving that Godwin knows how to both evaluate and develop NCAA Division I talent. Between his two spells with the Women’s Soccer program, Godwin spent five seasons as the Assistant Director of Operations & Recruiting with Liberty’s Football program where he helped the Flames win four Big South Conference championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012).

In 2006, Godwin was invited to spend a week as a guest coach of Aston Villa Football Club of England’s Premier League. During his time with the club, he was able to work closely with the youth academy directors Gordon Cowans and Tony McAndrew, as well as observe practice sessions from the first team head coach Martin O’Neill. “This was definately the highlight of my career from a development standpoint,” commented Godwin. “To be able to spend time around some of the best coaches in England, to see some of the top players practicing day-in-day-out was an exceptional experience, and one that helped me to take great strides as a coach”.

In the Fall of 2005, Godwin was a Head Coach within the prestigious Atlanta Fire Soccer Club in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Fire has several national championships to it’s name and is widely regarded as one of the top clubs in the nation. Godwin began his coaching career prior to that in the Spring of 2005 when he served as the Head Coach of Jefferson Forest High School’s Boys JV team in Lynchburg, VA. He led the team to a 17-1 record.

As a player, Godwin has also competed at some of the highest levels. He played his collegiate career as a member of the Liberty Flames Men’s Soccer program at the NCAA Division I level. During his time with the Flames, Godwin made 70 appearances, scoring once. During his senior year, he was named team captain and earned First Team All-Conference, All-Tournament, and Second Team All-State (VA) honors. His outstanding senior year did not go unnoticed, and Godwin was invited to tryout for Great Britain’s U23 National Team, which went on to compete at the 2006 World University Games, and Cheltenham Town Football Club of England’s Football League One. Upon returning to the US,  Godwin had tryouts with the USL’s Atlanta Silverbacks and Charleston Battery, played with Augusta United of the Premier Development League, and Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves before beginning his coaching career.

Prior to coming to the United States, Godwin was a standout youth soccer player in England. He played for Westfields Football Club where he made 65 senior appearances. He was named the club’s Young Player of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, having been named Player of the Year of the club’s U16 team the year before. He was also the captain of the Herefordshire County Football Association’s U18 team. His performances for Westfields led to him being invited by Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, and Notts County of the Football League One for trials. He spent several weeks trying out with these teams before opting to continue his playing career in America with the Liberty Flames.

Godwin, who graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2005 and is working on attaining his Masters degree in the same field, currently resides in the Wyndhurst area of Lynchburg, VA. He has been married to his wife, Morgaine, for six years.

Coaching Career

2013 – present – Liberty University Flames Women’s Soccer – Assistant Coach (NCAA D1)

2009 – present – Adam Godwin Soccer Academy – Head Coach

Spring 2008 – Liberty University Flames Women’s Soccer – Interim Head Coach (NCAA D1)

2006 – 2008 – Liberty University Flames Women’s Soccer – Assistant Coach (NCAA D1)

2006 – Aston Villa Football Club (English Premier League) – Guest Coach

2005 – Atlanta Fire Head Coach

2005 – Jefferson Forest High School JV Head Coach

Playing Career

2006 – Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves – USL PDL

2005 – Augusta Fire United – USL PDL

2005 – Tryout with the Atlanta Silverbacks – USL Division One

2005 – Tryout with the Charleston Battery – USL Division One

2005 – Tryout with Cheltenham Town Football Club – English Football League One

2005 – Tryout with Great Britain’s U23 National Team – 2006 World University Games

2001-2004 – Liberty Flames Men’s Soccer – NCAA Division 1

2000 – Tryout with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – English Premier League

2000 – Tryout with Notts County Football Club – English Football League One

1995 – 2001 – Westfield Football Club – English non-League

1996 – Walsall FC School of Excellence

1994 – Hereford United FC School of Excellence

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