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  • BRIAN PENSKY
    HEAD COACH

    Brian Pensky enters his third year as the head soccer coach at the University of Tennessee in 2014.

    Pensky, the 2010 Soccer America national Coach of the Year, has gone 22-12-7 in his first two seasons at Tennessee and has helped re-shape the program into a defensive powerhouse in the national spotlight. Pensky has brought a commitment to excellence both on and off the field to Tennessee that he championed for seven seasons as the head coach of the University of Maryland from 2005-11.
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  • JOE KIRT
    ASSISTANT COACH

    The 2014 season will mark Joe Kirt's eighth season at Tennessee and third as an assistant coach working under head coach Brian Pensky.

    Kirt's main duties include the training goalkeepers, as well as coordinating travel, recruiting and soccer camps. From late December of 2011 through Pensky's hiring in late January of 2012, he also handled all aspects of the program as UT made a head coaching transition.
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  • JOE MALLIA
    ASSISTANT COACH

    The 2014 season will mark Joe Mallia’s third season at Tennessee. Mallia works heavily with the Tennessee defense, which emerged as one of the elite units in the country over the last two seasons.

    Mallia, joined the Tennessee staff in 2012 after serving as the head coach at Loyola Marymount in California for five seasons, guiding the Lions to a 50-34-11 (.584) overall record with four 10-win seasons.
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  • DEAN WARD
    VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT

    Ward begins his third season as the Tennessee soccer team’s volunteer assistant coach. He joined the UT staff in 2012 after previously working with assistant coach Joe Mallia in 2011 when Mallia was the head coach at Loyola Marymount.

    One of Ward’s main coaching responsibilities is directing the fitness, warm-up and cool-down routines for the Tennessee soccer team. Every practice and every match starts and ends with Ward preparing the team for action or recovery.
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  • JOE WHITNEY
    DIRECTOR OF MENTAL TRAINING

    Now in his 15th year with Lady Vol athletics, Joe Whitney oversees the provision of mental training services to all UT athletes and teams. A 1982 graduate of Springfield College, he coached basketball and football in New York City for 13 years before leaving coaching to pursue graduate study in sport psychology. Whitney obtained a master's from the University of Virginia in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Tennessee in 2000. He served as a graduate assistant and sport psychology consultant at UT before being named director of mental training in January 2002.
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  • ALLISON MAURER
    SPORTS NUTRITIONIST

    Allison Maurer joined the University of Tennessee in 2007 after a three-year stint at the University of Colorado. She served as the Sports Nutritionist/Dietitian and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in Boulder, Colo., since 2004. Maurer is responsible for performance nutrition for the men's and women's athletic departments, and her duties include analyzing athletes' nutritional status, working with Team ENHANCE, creating meal plans, and providing nutrition education on a team or one-on-one basis.
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  • GREG MYTYK
    ASSITANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE

    Mytyk enters his second season with the soccer team after joining the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff in May of 2013 as the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine. Mytyk previously men’s soccer team at the University of Alabama - Birmingham (UAB) from 2009-2013. Prior to UAB, he served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in charge of the men's soccer and baseball teams from 2007-2009 at Birmingham-Southern College. He was also a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Central Florida, working with men’s soccer. Mytyk is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association.

  • ALICIA MALNATI
    ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

    Malnati, formerly Alicia Hatcher, joined the Tennessee family in July 2013 as an academic counselor with the soccer program. Prior to her arrival at UT, Malnati spent two and a half years at the University of Missouri under the leadership of Dr. Joe Scogin and Kim Lambert with the Total Person Program. She also spent a semester with the University of Georgia Athletic Association. Originally from Blue Springs, Missouri, Malnati graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is finishing her Ph.D on student-athlete empowerment in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.