Russell has helped Coastal to an NCAA-high 85 victories since 2010
Coastal has won 20 straight Big South regular season matches
Ashton Bennett becomes the fifth Chanticleer to receive an invitation to the prestigious event.
2015 Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer vs. Liberty (Oct. 17, 2015)
2013 Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer at California - NCAA Third Round (Dec. 1, 2013)
2013 Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer vs. Liberty (Oct. 25, 2013)
2013 Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer vs. No. 15 Charlotte (Sept. 6, 2013) -- CCU Soccer Field
2012 Men's Soccer vs Florida Atlantic (Sept. 7, 2012)
Russell's primary responsibilities on the staff include recruiting, scouting, game-day preparation, video analysis and the coordination of the Chanticleers' defensive unit.
During Russell’s time at Coastal Carolina, the Chants have posted an overall record of 85-26-5 (.754), including a 40-4-2 (.891) mark in league play, while also securing six Big South titles – three regular season (2011, 2012, 2013) and three tournament (2010, 2013, 2014) – and trips trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, he coached Shawn McLaws to College Soccer News All-American honors in 2014, marking the first All-American plaudit by a Chanticleer defender since Guy Norcott in 1992.
In 2014 Russell helped lead the Chanticleers to the program’s 12th Big South Tournament Championship and fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Chants, which went 7-1-1 in Big South play, finished the season 16-6-1 overall and ranked 22nd in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll. The campaign also marked the fourth straight season the Chants hosted and won an NCAA Tournament First Round game. The Chanticleers recorded wins over two nationally ranked opponents in the first three game of the season and a seven-match win streak through the heart of the schedule.
The 2014 Chanticleers finished the season with 48 goals to rank second in the nation, while their 44 assists ranked fifth. The team racked up 140 total points to rank third in the country and averaged 2.09 goals per game. On the defensive end, the Chants held a 0.85 goals against average, ranking 39th in the nation. Coastal was even more impressive in league play, conceding only five goals in 12 matches against Big South competition (including conference tournament).
For the fourth consecutive season Docking led the Chants to a sweep of the Big South postseason player of the year awards with Shawn McLaws being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and Ricky Garbanzo picking up the Attacking Player of the Year honor. Also earning all-conference recognition were Uchenna Uzo (first team), Ollivier Gueguen (second team), Tommy Gudmundsson (second team and freshman), Devin Cook-Perales (honorable mention) and Sergio Camargo (honorable mention), Louis Dargent (freshman) and Ridge Robinson (academic).
In addition to league honors, Uzo, Garbanzo and McLaws were also named to NSCAA All-South Region honorees. Garbanzo and McLaws earned first team honors from the organization, while Uzo was tabbed to the second team. McLaws also named a third team All-American by College Soccer News, becoming the Chanticleer defender since Guy Norcott in 1992 to be named an All-American.
The 2013 campaign was highly successful for the Chanticleers as the team finished with a 19-5-0 overall record and captured both the Big South regular season and tournament championships and made a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. In addition, Coastal’s 19 wins led the nation and the squad finished ranked 15th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll after climbing to as high as fifth during the regular season. The Chants defeated three nationally ranked opponents during the regular season and upset 13th-seeded Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
As has been the case since Russell joined the Docking’s staff, Coastal’s defensive unit proved to be one of the best in the nation in 2013. The Chanticleers held opponents to 20 goals in 24 games, while posting 12 shutouts. Coastal only conceded five goals against conference competition on its way to a 9-1-0 Big South record. The Chanticleers concluded the season ranked 11th in the NCAA with a 0.50 shutout percentage and 34th with a 0.83 goals against average.
2013 marked the third consecutive season Russell helped the Chanticleers sweep the Big South postseason player of the year honors as Pedro Ribeiro was named Attacking Player of the Year and Shawn McLaws garnered the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honor. In addition to Coastal’s conference honors, McLaws and defender Uchenna Uzo also received NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region recognition. Moreover, Russell steered Chanticleer defensemen to three national and four Big South weekly honors.
In total, the 2013 Chanticleers were bestowed a conference-high 11 postseason awards. Joining Ribeiro and McLaws on the first team were Justin Portillo, Devin Cook and Ricky Garbanzo. Uzo received second team recognition, while Sergio Camargo and Kai Morton picked up all-freshman honors. Portillo was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
The 2012 season equaled the greatest in Coastal Carolina history as the Chanticleers finished with a 20-3-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The team rose as high as eighth in the national polls before finishing the season ranked 11th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. In addition, Coastal defeated two nationally-ranked opponents in the NCAA Tournament, downing No. 16 Elon in the first round and No. 14 Wake Forest in the second round.
Coastal’s defensive unit was one of the best in the country in 2012, holding opponents to only 22 goals in 25 games while posting 12 shutouts. Moreover, the Chats surrendered only two goals in conference play on its way to posting a Big South-record 10-0-0 mark. The Chants finished the season ranked 10th in the NCAA with a 0.48 shutout percentage and 27th with a 0.85 team goals against average.
For the second straight year Russell helped Coastal to a sweep of the Big South’s postseason player of the year honors as Ashton Bennett earned his second Attacking Player of the Year award and Kjartan Sigurdsson was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to league honors, Sigurdsson and defender Jhamie Hyde also earned NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region plaudits. Moreover, Russell guided Chanticleer defenders to five national and three Big South player of the week awards.
In all, the 2012 Chanticleers collected a league-high 11 All-Big South honors. Joining Bennett and Sigurdsson on the first team were Ricky Garbanzo, Pedro Ribeiro and Justin Portillo. Defenders Henrik Robstad and Uchenna Uzo along with netminder Federico Bertele earned season team all-conference honors, while Jhamie Hyde and Tevin Skyers earned all-freshman plaudits. Robstad was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
In 2011 the Chanticleers posted one of the most successful campaigns in program history. The team finished 16th in the national poll, had an 18-4-0 record, won the Big South regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Coastal defeated No. 16 VCU and No. 21 Ohio State at home on back-to-back Sunday’s as part of a 16-1-0 run to close out the regular season after falling to eventual national runner-up UNC Charlotte in the season opener. The Chants also celebrated the program’s second-ever NCAA postseason home game with a 4-3 victory over Southern Conference champion Elon.
On the defensive side of the ball, defender Cyprian Hedrick, a NSCAA Scholar All-American, was selected 30th overall by Sporting Kansas City and goalkeeper Scott Angevine finished his career with a Coastal Carolina record-tying 16 career shutouts. The 2011 team also proved to have the most lethal attack in the country as the Chants ranked tops in the NCAA in both scoring offense (3.0 goals per game) and total goals (66). Individually, junior striker Ashton Bennett led the nation in total goals with 23, ranked first in total points with 53 (23g/7a) and second in goals per game with 1.05.
Russell helped the Chanticleers to a clean sweep of the Big South postseason awards as Bennett was named the Attacking Player of the Year, Hedrick earned Defensive Player of the Year and defender Kjartan Sigurdsson garnered Freshman of the Year. Luis Faz, Pedro Ribeiro, Angevine and Justin Portillo joined Bennett, Hedrick and Sigurdsson on the first team; while Ricky Garbanzo, Henrik Robstad and Sigurdsson earned All-Freshman team honors.
Russell's arrival in Conway paid immediate dividends as the Chanticleers won the 2010 Big South Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history. Coastal finished the year with an overall record of 12-8-2 and won the most games in a season since the 2004 team finished with 14 wins. The Chants turned in eight shutouts during the course of the year and allowed just one team from the Big South to score more than one goal in any single game.
The Chants steamrolled through the Big South Tournament posted wins over VMI, Gardner-Webb and tournament host and top-seeded High Point. Coastal nearly upset Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but a late comeback by the Blue Devils thwarted the upset bid.
Russell helped five Chanticleers earned All-Big South honors, which included first team selections Ross Kelly and Alex Russell. Kelly was also named the 2010 Big South Tournament MVP after anchoring a Chanticleer backline that allowed just one goal during the tournament. Coastal keeper Scott Angevine and freshman midfielder Justin Portillo were tabbed to the All-Big South second team, while Pedro Ribeiro and Portillo made the All-Freshman Team.
Russell began his coaching career in 2009 while serving as student volunteer assistant coach on Docking's staff. He helped the Chants win the Big South regular season title and post and unbeaten mark in conference play for just the fourth time in school history.
Russell has also coached a U-15 boys’ team in Myrtle Beach and has held several other coaching assignments since embarking on his coaching career.
A four-year defender for the Chants from 2005-08, Russell drew 74 starts in the 78 games in which he appeared and currently ranks ninth all-time at Coastal in games played and eighth in games started.
Russell proved to be a mainstay on the back line and anchored one of the top defensive units in the Big South in each of his four seasons on the pitch. In fact, Russell and the Coastal defense recorded a total of 21 shutouts over a four-year span and never ranked worse than third in the Big South in that category.
That same defense finished fourth or better in goals against average in three of his four seasons and limited opponents to just a total of 27 goals during the 2006 season.
A native of South Elgin, Ill., Russell played an instrumental role in helping Coastal win one Big South regular season championship, one Big South Tournament championships and make one NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Chanticleers posted a 42-26-1 overall record and a 20-6-1 conference record with Russell on the back line.
Individually, Russell was named All-Big South on three different occasions and was tabbed to the Big South All-Tournament team three times. He went on to participate in the Major League Soccer Combine during the summer of 2009 and the United Soccer League combine in 2010. Upon graduation, Russell played professionally with the Charleston Battery, Real Maryland and Charlotte Eagles of the USL.
Russell graduated from Coastal Carolina in 2009 with a degree in business management and received his master’s of business administration in 2014. He and his wife Monica married in May 2013.