Martyn Blankley was named the assistant coach of the women's soccer team in August 2015 and in his four seasons at Chattanooga, the Mocs have improved dramatically.
UTC has reached back-to-back Southern Conference tournaments for the first time in school history. It was UTC's first quarterfinal appearance in the league tournament since 2005. UTC finished tied for fifth in 2016 and sixth in 2017, its two best finishes since 2005. In 2018, the Mocs finished tied for fifth, just one game out of third and earned the No. 6 seed for the tournament.
In his time with Chattanooga, the Mocs had its first-ever SoCon Freshman of the Year, three all-conference performers and six SoCon All-Freshman Team selections.
The Mocs have excelled in the classroom in his three seasons. In the 2017 spring semester, the Mocs set a department record with 11 student-athletes earning a 4.0 grade point average. That followed the Fall 2016 semester when the Mocs posted their highest GPA on record at 3.65 and had 10 with a 4.0. In the Fall of 2017, the Mocs had their second highest GPA at 3.59 and had seven record a 4.0.
Three times the soccer team has had more than 20 make the Dean’s List and more than 20 have earned a spot on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll in each semester since McKinney’s arrival. Sixteen student-athletes have earned the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal for Academics in his first two years for posting a GPA of 3.8 or higher over the course of the entire year. Twenty three have been named to the Fall Academic All-Southern Conference Team and 51 to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
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.
Carlie Banks joined the Mocs coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in August 2018.
Banks, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., has made Chattanooga her home for the last three years. She joined the Chattanooga FC Women for the first time in 2016 and was named a WPSL All-Star for her stellar play. As the team’s leading goal scorer in 2018, the CFC was the Southeastern Conference champions and South Region semifinalist.
She played professionally in Finland and was the leading goal scorer for IK Mryan and ranked second in the league. Banks also played for the Houston Aces who were the USASA National Women’s champions, Big Sky Blue champions, claimed the Midwest Conference title and two-time WPSL finalists.
Banks played collegiately for LSU, graduating in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in fitness studies and a minor in Sociology.
On the pitch, she was named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI Team, earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team, was named a College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer and LSWA All-Louisiana.
She is in her third year coaching with the Chattanooga FC Academy, serving as the head coach for the CFC Academy 05/06 Elite Girls, assistant coach of the 05 & 06 Premier Girls, assistant 9v9 director and as an instructor for the Training Academy. Banks is also a 9Round Kickboxing instructor.