ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – UCF men’s soccer head coach Scott Calabrese has announced two new additions to his staff for the 2018 season.
Coulter adds a breadth of player and coach experience and will work primarily with the goalkeepers.
Early in his playing career, Coulter played for Dundalk U20 side in 2008/09 before moving to the United States to play at the University of San Diego. After two seasons at USD, the keeper transferred to East Tennessee State where he excelled in the conference earning All-Tournament team under then head coach, Calabrese. With the Bucs, Coulter was also named Goalkeeper of the year twice and earned First Team All-South recognition.
After graduating from ETSU, he returned to Ireland in the summer of 2014 and signed for Athlone Town where he played in all of Athlone’s remaining league games.
In 2015 he joined Sligo Rovers and later returned to returned to Athlone Town in 2016. After finishing his stint with Athlone, he signed for Longford Town where he made 12 league appearances for the squad in the Premier Division.
Ryan left Longford at the end of 2016 and signed for Drogheda United in March 2017. After his time at United Park, Coulter joined the Bray Wanderers.
As a coach, Coulter was the academy goalkeeper coach with the Wanderers working with the young keepers in the professional club and has gained experience working with the Irish international development squads.
Coulter holds a UEFA B Goalkeeping license as well as a FAI National C license.
Wilding comes to UCF after two seasons at Nova Southeastern.
“I am delighted to be a part of the staff here at UCF,” said Wilding. “The philosophy of the coaches and the direction of the program is hugely exciting and it’s a great privilege to be a part of it.”
At NSU, Wliding served primarily as the team's mental performance coach. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology as a men's soccer student-athlete at Georgia State University and earned his Master's in Sport, Performance and Exercise Psychology from Barry University. While at GSU, Wilding played for then assistant coach, Jamie Davies and earned All-Sun Belt and All-Region honors.
Originally from Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, Wilding played for professional team Ipswich Town's youth academy from ages 8-16 before completing his youth apprenticeship with the Doncaster Rovers. While at Georgia State, he started in all 71 matches in which he appeared, earning All-Sun Belt First Team and All-District 4 Academic Team honors in 2015.
Wilding owns a FA level 2 coaching certification along with certifications in Pro-Zone Analysis and USSF Grassroots.