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Bruce Deaton - Director of Coaching and Player Development

Bruce A. Deaton

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Bruce Deaton (Coach Bruce) has recently been added to administrative staff of FC Legacy as the Director of Coaching and Player Development.  As Director of Coaching and Player Development, he will develop, manage and oversee programs and processes designed to meet FC Legacy’s overall mission and objectives relative to player and coach development.


Several key components of development that will be focused upon include: 

Technical Mastery (Enhance the ability to manipulate the ball through dribbling, passing/receiving, finishing, defending) ; Tactical Awareness  (Reading the game, making quick decisions and solving problems through enhancing game insight and instinct) Psychological development  (Preparing players to deal with the mental challenges of the game with intensity, focus and rhythm through individual and team components) ; Physical development (Preparing players to deal with the challenges of the game by enhancing speed, endurance, strength, flexibility and agility)


Bruce Deaton is the director of soccer operations and head women’s coach at Evangel University.  He was hired at EU in April 2015 to help lead the launch of the two new soccer programs at Evangel.  Both teams began play in the fall of 2015.


Coach Deaton came to Evangel from Louisiana College (NCAA D-III) where he was the head women’s soccer coach for five seasons, in addition to being the associate athletic director. Prior to taking over at Louisiana College, Deaton had a successful stint as a high school coach at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, Louisiana.  During his eight seasons as both boys and girls coach at OCS, Deaton was twice named the state high school girls coach of the year for Louisiana (2009 and 2010).   He also led his teams to multiple district championships and was named district coach of the year five times.

While Deaton was in central Louisiana, he served as director of coaching and player development for the Crossroads Soccer Association.   He also spent ten years as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) head coach for the Louisiana Soccer Association, as well as, being a coaching instructor.    

Coach Deaton holds a National “B” License and National Youth License from the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) as well as the Premier Diploma and Level III Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).

Deaton played collegiate soccer at Marshall University (NCAA D-I) in Huntington, West Virginia, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration.



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