Jeffery named JV men’s soccer head coach at Thomas UniversityPost Published On:
Billy Jeffery recently took the helm as head coach for the Thomas University men’s junior varsity (JV) soccer team. Jeffery is a TU alumnus and a former member of the Night Hawks soccer team. In his new role, Jeffery will also serve as an assistant coach for the varsity men’s soccer team.
“Billy has been a great member of the Night Hawks family,” said Rick Pearce, TU’s Athletics Director. “I know his enthusiasm for soccer and for TU will encourage every student-athlete he works with.”
Originally from Tring, England, Jeffery grew up in a family of soccer fans (or football as it’s known in England). He moved to the United States in 2014 to attend Thomas University, where he played on the varsity men’s soccer team for four years.
“When going through the process, TU jumped out at me because of the way the process was handled, and how friendly and helpful the coaching staff and faculty members were. It was just a great feel and fit for me.”
During Jeffery’s time as a student-athlete, the team won the Sun Conference tournament in 2014 and was the regular season champion in 2016. The Night Hawks also made TU’s first national tournament appearances in 2014 and 2016. The Sun Conference named Jeffery Defensive Player of the Week in September 2016. He went on to serve as team captain in 2017.
Jeffery graduated from TU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and minors in sports studies and chemistry. Then he served as a graduate assistant for the men’s soccer teams in 2018 and 2019. Jeffery graduated from TU in 2020 with a Master of Business Administration Degree.
“It gives me great pride and excitement to continue working with the next group of players here at TU,” Jeffery said. “Having been here for so many years as a student, as a player, as a graduate assistant and now as head JV and assistant coach, I believe that I have learned so much from so many different people at TU and in the community where I have grown up throughout the start of my adult life. These lessons are useful to help the next group of players understand the importance of their education while balancing that with discipline and work ethic on and off the field. I want the student-athletes to be successful in all aspects of their lives – while they are here on campus and when they leave TU to start their lives.”