Dr. Adam Sayers begins his fifth season with the Middle Tennessee soccer program and enters his third year as a full-time assistant after serving as a graduate assistant the previous two years.
Sayers' duties include coaching, fitness testing, physical conditioning, recruiting, scouting, and all summer camps. Sayers has been part of four straight winning seasons at Middle Tennessee, and the Blue Raiders have established numerous school records in each of those seasons as well as winning the first Sun Belt Championship in program history in 2004.
In addition to his many responsibilities, Sayers also is primarily responsible for coaching Middle Tennessee's keepers, and he has demonstrated a knack for quickly bringing along young talent. In 2004, freshman keeper Jenny Manis set the school record for wins (13) in goal, and she was fifth for a single season with 89 saves. In 2006, Sayers enjoyed similar success with freshman keeper Erynn Murray, who was in goal for 12 wins - second-most in a season - and was 10th on the single-season list with 59 saves. He was instrumental in the development of another rising star when freshman keeper Kela Casiple ranked second nationally among Division I keepers for save percentage and 12th nationally for goals-against-average in 2007. Casiple's seven shutouts also tied for the school record.
Sayers also has played an instrumental role in Middle Tennessee's recruiting efforts. He has been part of three consecutive signing classes (2006-08) rated among the Central Region's top 25 by Soccer Buzz, responsible for recruiting several international players who have won conference and regional honors in the previous four seasons.
Sayers' first season as a full-time assistant at Middle Tennessee began with a bang as the Blue Raiders set the school record for wins (17) and also established new single-season marks for points, goals, and assists. Middle Tennessee was No. 3 nationally in scoring offense in 2006.
Sayers graduated from Middle Tennessee with a Ph.D. in Human Performance in December 2006. His research addresses various physiological aspects of the game of soccer. He has presented his findings at national and regional conventions, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) national meeting. He is also a published author in this field, contributing several soccer-related articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as several coaching journals and websites.
Before arriving at Middle Tennessee, Sayers served as a youth soccer coach and educator with U.K. Elite Soccer in New Jersey. Before that Sayers spent two years as an assistant in football development with the Football Association of Wales. His duties included coaching in centers of development and centers of excellence for elite youth players and implementing soccer education programs in local schools.
Originally from Birmingham, England, Sayers came to Tennessee in 1996 to play soccer at Tusculum College, where he earned All-Region honors and was a member of the 1999 South Atlantic Conference championship team. He also achieved All-Tournament team honors at Tusculum. Sayers then went on to complete his master's degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.
Sayers holds the USSF "A" Coaching License, and is currently working towards the UEFA "A" Coaching License. He is also an NSCAA qualified goalkeeper coach. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Sayers is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He also serves as a coach educator with the Tennessee State Soccer Association, instructing on "D" and "E" Coaching Licenses. He is also an Olympic Development Program (ODP) state head coach.
Sayers and his wife, Brandi, an assistant professor in the Middle Tennessee exercise science program, reside in Murfreesboro, and are expecting their first child in August.