UALR chooses NCAA tournament vet, DI newcomer Blewitt as head coach
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – UALR Director of Athletics Chris Peterson announced Wednesday that Adrian Blewitt has been named the school’s new head soccer coach. In 15 years as a head coach, Blewitt has led his teams to appearances in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, six conference championships and has won four conference or region Coach of the Year honors. On three separate occasions, Blewitt’s teams have finished the year ranked in the top ten nationally.
“We are thrilled to have Adrian as part of the Trojan family,” Peterson said . “Adrian has had a great deal of success as a head coach at two NCAA Division II programs and we look forward to him taking UALR soccer to the next level.”
Blewitt has compiled a 167-66-12 overall record as a head men’s and women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division II schools Lees-McRae and Lenoir-Rhyne, including a 36-5-3 mark in his final two seasons as head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.
“It feels great. I’m very excited about it,” said Blewitt. “I know that there is a lot of work to be done and there are some challenges ahead, but I’m excited and confident that we’ll be able get things going in the right direction.”
Blewitt’s coaching experience includes seven years at Lenoir-Rhyne (2005-11), including the last five as the head women’s soccer coach.
In 2011, Blewitt led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 17-3-1 overall record, a South Atlantic Conference Regular Season championship and a Round of 16 appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division II championship. In 2010, the Bears went 19-2-2, won the South Atlantic conference regular season and tournament titles, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Championship and ended the year ranked No. 8 in the nation. Blewitt was named the South Atlantic conference Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
Blewitt also served as Lenoir-Rhyne’s head men’s soccer coach from 2005-08, and led the 2006 Bears to a South Atlantic Conference championship, an Appalachian Regional championship and a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship. The 2006 Bears finished the year with a 19-1-1 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking, while Blewitt took home Coach of the Year honors for both the South Atlantic conference and the NSCAA Appalachian Region.
From 2002-05 at Lees-McRae, Blewitt led the Bobcats to back-to-back Carolina-Virginia Athletics Conference championships (now known as Conference Carolinas) and coached two-time All-American and New England Revolution player Khano Smith.
As the head men’s soccer coach at Division III member Methodist College (now Methodist University) from 1997-02, Blewitt won 34 games and led the Monarchs to a top-25 national ranking in 2001.
A four-year standout and two-year team captain at Lock Haven, Blewitt was a four-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic conference selection (1990-93) and was named the league’s Defensive MVP in 1993. Blewitt helped the Bald Eagles to back-to-back PSAC Championships in 1990 and 1991, as well as an appearance in the Round of 16 of the 1992 NCAA Division II tournament.
In his 15 years as a head coach, Blewitt has coached five NCAA Division II All-Americans, four conference Players of the Year and four Freshmen of the Year winners.
Blewitt earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1994 and his master’s degree in liberal arts in 1996, both from Lock Haven.
Blewitt is a member of numerous athletic groups and organizations, including the National Soccer Coaches of America Association, United States Soccer Federation, North Carolina Olympic Development Staff, Virginia State Olympic Development Program and the Association of Football Coaches and Teachers.
A native of Grimsby, England, Blewitt and his wife Tamara have one daughter JoElle (6).