Martyn Blankley was named the assistant coach of the women's soccer team in August 2015 and in his three seasons at Chattanooga, the Mocs have improved dramatically. They have reached two consecutive Southern Conference quarter finals, which were the first time the Mocs had reached the conference quarter final since 2005. They finishing tied for fifth in 2016 and sixth in 2017 which were the best two finishes since 2005. In the three years UTC has had one Sothern Conference Freshman of the year, which was the first in school history and three players selected to SOCON all-freshman team.
In the classroom the UTC soccer program has excelled, in fall 2016 the teams GPA was a 3.646 which was a program and athletic department record. In the spring of 2017 the team had eleven 4.0’s which was another athletic department record.
Before coming to UTC Blankley spent seven years as the men’s varsity assistant coach and head coach of the JV team at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn. During his time coaching at TWC he helped the program to three AAC conference titles, the program’s first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 2002, and at their highest a national ranking of 24th.
Over the course of his seven years in Athens, the native of Chesterfield, England coached 15 players who were selected as first-team all-conference, as well as two student-athletes who earned AAC Freshman of the Year honors. TWC’s overall record was 46-22-8 with a winning percentage of 66%, and their Conference record was 24-4-3 which is a winning percentage of 82%. A number of his former players have represented teams in the Premier Development League (PDL) and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), and some are now playing professionally around the world.
Blankley attended TWC from 1999-2004 and played four years of soccer and basketball for the Bulldogs. As a member of the soccer team, he was named as an All-Conference player and was a member of the 2002 soccer team that won the conference and regional titles and played at the NAIA National Tournament. He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business.
Following graduation, he returned to England to teach and coach West Nott’s College Youth Soccer Academy and Eckington School. He also played and coached at the semi-pro level. He currently coaches with the Tennessee State Olympic Development Program (ODP) and holds the UEFA B part 1 and USSF “C” license.
Martyn is married to Gillian Blankley.
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