Director of Coaching | Recreation & Classic Divisions
Please welcome our new DOC (Director of Coaching), Tom Deeley to the Asheville Shield family! He brings with him a European style of coaching backed by tremendous talent, experience, passion and an unparalleled ability to teach our youth the world's favorite game.
Tom will serve as the head coach of our our new Recreation Division launching in 2018, and will also oversee all training curriculums for our Classic Division. Tom carries multiple, advanced European coaching certifications, which are currently be transferred over to US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer.
You may recognize Tom from Asheville's very own Asheville City Soccer Club where he played midfielder for the club during their 2017 inaugural year.
Tom was born on July 31, 1995 in Oxford, England. He then moved to New Zealand where he graduated from Timaru Boys High School in Timaru, New Zealand.
During his High School years, Tom was:
- Named captain of his team
- Awarded MJ Scott Cup for Top Sportsman
- School record holder: 129 goals in 114 appearances
- Top goal scorer at national championships with 13 goals in six matches (national record)
- Voted MVP at National Secondary Schools Tournament (2013)
- Member of Asia Pacific Football Academy
- Played club soccer for Northern Hearts AFC under direction of Matt Chambers
- Joined squad in April 2014 and has tallied 15 goals in nine appearances (12 assists) where squad made third round of National Knockout Cup in New Zealand.
In 2014, Tom moved to the states accepting a full scholarship at Lees-McRae College. Highlights from his collegiate career included:
- 2017—South East Regional Player of Year
- 2017—Conference Carolinas Player of Year
- 2016—Named to the Academic All-Conference team and to the league's Presidential Honor Roll; Finished season with 12 goals, 9 assists.
- 2015—Named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team and the Presidential Honor Roll; Finished season with 9 goals, 7 assists.
- 2014—Named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll; Finished season with 3 goals, 3 assists.
The coaches, players and families of ASFC are blessed to have such a talented scholar of "The World's Game" join the Shield family.