BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Monday that Head Men's Soccer Coach Talon Stroud has resigned, citing personal reasons and family obligations. Stroud will remain in place at King through the end of the academic year.
Stroud completed his first season as the Tornado head coach in 2016, leading the Tornado to the Conference Carolinas tournament, where they dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to eighth-ranked ranked Limestone College. Stroud's 2016 squad matched an NCAA-era high with seven wins and had two players earn All-Conference Carolinas honors.
"Talon did a tremendous job with the team this year," said Hicks. "While I am disappointed to see him leave, I understand his reasons and am confident he has left the program with a solid foundation for the future."
Stroud's successor will arrive in Bristol to find a talented and experienced squad in 2017, led by third team all-conference player Faber Bickerstaffe, as well as Luis Calderon and Ben Allan, all of whom will return for their senior seasons.
"It has been a blessing and an honor to serve as the head men's soccer coach here at King University," said Stroud. "I strongly believe the University and the soccer program is poised to grow and move in incredible ways and I regret not being able to continue in that journey. I believe God is leading my family and I in a different direction just as he led us here to King."
"I'm thankful for the contributions Talon has made to our soccer program and our student-athletes, on and off the field," said Hicks. "He is one of the brightest and most talented young coaches in the sport, and I'm confident he will find success in his next venture. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family."
A national search for Stroud's replacement will begin immediately.