TAMPA– On April 6, University of South Florida men's soccer coach George Kiefer added former MLS goalkeeper Bryheem Hancock to the Bulls' coaching staff for the 2009 season as a volunteer assistant.
“I am very excited to have Bryheem join our staff at USF,” said Kiefer. “He has firsthand experience in winning a National Championship and I believe he brings a lot of experience for the program and to our goalkeepers. He is going to be a great addition to our program.”
Hancock, who will primarily work with the USF goalkeepers, played collegiate soccer for the University of Connecticut from 1990-2001. Hancock was also part of the U-17 National Team, where he was named captain in 1997 and 1998. He was the starting goalkeeper in the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Egypt.
While at UConn, Bryheem helped lead the Huskies to an NCAA Division I National Championship in 2000. The Middletown, Delaware native was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team in 2000. Hancock was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year in 2001 as well as earning All-American status. In his senior season, he was honored with the 2001 Leadership Student-Athlete Award.
He finished his career at UConn boasting a 0.62 goals against average.
After setting the UConn collegiate shutout record at 15 in one season, Hancock played professional soccer in the United States for three years, including stints with the LA Galaxy (2001-02), Atlanta Silverbacks (2002-03) and Toronto Lynx (2004) of Major League Soccer (MLS).
In 2001, Hancock was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2001 MLS Draft by the LA Galaxy. In 2003, Hancock was named the Atlanta Silverback MVP while recording the team record for most saves in a season and most saves in a single game. He accumulated additional honors in 2004 with the Toronto Lynx as the team defensive MVP. In his year with the Lynx, he held the team record for most saves in a season.
Hancock is a 2001 graduate of UConn, holding a B.S. in communications.