For Bryan Ferren, getting into coaching soccer was the result of his wife, Sarah, signing him up to coach rec league in 2007. Fast forward to the present, Ferren recently was named to take over the Lady Govs head position, replacing Jenna Churchman in the role.
Ferren played soccer back in South Jersey in high school and he came south to attend North Carolina State but he did not play college ball.
Ferren is familiar with Nelson soccer as his daughter, Emily, a 2016 graduate of Nelson County High School, was one of the best athletes to wear the Nelson green and gold in any sport.
Ferren was asked what his goals for the Lady Govs will be for this season.
“My overall goal is pretty simple, finish the season better than we started while learning how to play soccer and have fun doing it. To accomplish this at the beginning of each season I pick three things each season to focus on,” said Ferren. “This season they are to become better passers and receivers of the ball, to defend as a team and to possess the ball. If we are able to accomplish this, the rest of the season will take care of itself.”
Ferren also is coach of the local travel team, Nelson Express, and sometimes helps out with the boys’ U12 travel team.
“I received my State Series D license certification in 2011,” said Ferren.
Ferren added his thoughts on coaching soccer.
“I love working with the kids and teaching them about soccer and being part of a team. I believe there are many life lessons to be learned participating in team athletics growing up that enhances what is learned in the classroom,” said Ferren. “Coaching soccer is one of the few things that I do that I am able to completely disengage from work. Evidently, Sarah knew what she was doing by signing me up.”
Ferren added along with coaching soccer he is very glad his family made the move to Nelson County.