Abigail Keenan, BYU Men's Soccer
Brandon Gilliam (center) stands with his wife, Nicole, looking at theur daughter, Tensley, after a game. Gilliam was named BYU men's head soccer coach.

PROVO — BYU announced Friday that Brandon Gilliam will be hired as the next head coach of the BYU men’s soccer team.

"I have been part of BYU men's soccer for 13 years,” Gilliam said. “I have seen it transition from a club team to a semi-professional program, and I have seen it produce some of the most amazing men I have ever known.

“I am beyond excited to continue on this tradition of producing successful, talented young men who will not only be great soccer players but will have the tools needed to take on the challenges they will face."

Gilliam has been with BYU since 2002, when he played with the team as a goalkeeper. He started for the team four years of his five-year career. In his senior year, Gilliam was ranked as the No. 1 goalkeeper in the nation in the category of goals against.

Gilliam graduated BYU in 2008 with a degree in recreation management with an emphasis in youth leadership. He returned to the men’s soccer team as an assistant coach later that year and has since become involved with every aspect of the program.

Along with BYU men’s soccer, Gilliam has also been heavily involved in the youth soccer programs in the state and has trained many youth players for more than 10 years.

Gilliam is a native of Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Lindon with their daughter, Tensley, and newborn son, Micah.

Tryouts for the team will be from Oct. 12-16. Registration begins next week by visiting BYU soccer's website and filling out the information provided.

Michelle Wood is a public relations student at Brigham Young University with a dream of making it to the Super Bowl one day. While she isn't studying for tests and classes, you can find her in the offices of BYU Athletics, working on media relations.