BLAIR STEVENSON | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Blair Stevenson begins his first season as UB men's soccer volunteer assistant coach. He most recently served as volunteer assistant coach for the Syracuse Orange, who won the 2015 ACC title and advanced to the NCAA Men’s College Cup.
“We are very sad to have lost someone of Declan Doherty’s quality but we are delighted to add Blair to our staff,” stated head coach Stu Riddle. “He has loads of experience having been part of the coaching staff at Syracuse during their run to the Final 4 last year and I know he will aid us greatly this fall and beyond.”
At Syracuse, Stevenson was responsible for training sessions, game day tactics and scouting reports, as well as organizing and coordinating Syracuse soccer development camps. Syracuse finished the 2015 season fifth in the NCAA Men's Soccer RPI and was defeated in the national semifinal by Clemson. Stevenson also worked closely with two Syracuse players who were selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft: midfielder Julian Büscher (11th overall, D.C. United) and forward Ben Polk (20th overall, Portland Timbers).
Prior to his time at Syracuse, Stevenson was an assistant coach for the Le Moyne men's soccer program. He was responsible for recruiting as well as training sessions, video analysis and game day preparations. The Dolphins compiled a 23-13 record in Stevenson's two seasons on the staff.
Stevenson also has six years of club coaching experience as the head coach of the Syracuse Development Academy U-14 boys team and as the head coach of the U-13 boys team at the Magic City Soccer Club in Billings, Montana. Among other certifications, Stevenson has received the National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in addition to the United States Soccer Federation "E" license and the NSCAA Junior Level 6 Supplement (Advanced Regional) license.
Stevenson played for NCAA Division II member Montana State University Billings from 2009 to 2013. He was named the Yellowjackets' Freshman of the Year award and served as team captain as a senior as the team compiled a record of 38-27-7 in his four seasons on the roster. Stevenson played two years in the Premier Development League (PDL) with the Ottawa Fury in 2011 and the Toronto Lynx in 2012. Prior to MSUB, Stevenson was a League and Cup winner in the East of Scotland League with Edinburgh City from 2008 to 2009.
Stevenson, who was a three-year member of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, graduated from MSUB in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. He obtained a Master of Science in Education from Le Moyne in 2015.