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Tyler Kettering
Tyler  Kettering

Hometown:
Xenia, Ohio

Last College:
Dayton (2016)

Position:
Assistant Coach

Head coach Mark Berson announced on March 27, 2017, the hiring of Tyler Kettering as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at the University of South Carolina. Kettering joins the Gamecocks after one season as an assistant at Dayton (2016) and seven as associate head coach at Gardner Webb (2009-16).

"Tyler has extensive experience as a player and coach, having competed in the MLS, and the USL as a goalkeeper," said Berson, "As a goalkeeper at Gardner Webb University, he led the nation in saves for two seasons. As associate head coach at Gardner Webb, he was responsible for bringing in outstanding recruiting classes and helping develop the Gardner Webb program."

In his lone season with the Flyers, Kettering helped develop A-10 Defender of the Year Lalas Abubakar, who was selected No. 5 overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew. A native of Xenia, Ohio, Kettering came to Dayton after seven years as the Associate Head Coach for Gardner-Webb University. In his time at Gardner-Webb, Kettering served as the recruiting coordinator, ran day-to-day team operations, as well as developing and implementing practice sessions and overseeing the goalkeeper training throughout the season.

Kettering played his college soccer at Gardner-Webb as well where he had a standout career as a keeper for the Bulldogs. He led the nation in saves twice (2004, 2006), set school and conference records for career saves (446), and earned Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors twice. He finished second in school history with 15 career shutouts and earned A-Sun All-Freshman Team accolades in 2003.

After college he went on to play one season in the USL for the Wilmington Hammerheads (2006-07) and one season in the MLS for the Chicago Fire (2008-09). Kettering and his wife Ali have three children, Logan, Karis, and Charlie.

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