June 20, 2011

Balaam Named Women's Soccer Assistant Coach

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia department of athletics and head women's soccer coach Chris Adams announced the addition of Stacey Balaam as the new assistant coach of the Lady Saints for the 2011 season.

Balaam makes her way to North Georgia with extensive coaching and playing experience, including as the assistant coach of the University of Montevello women's soccer team for the last two years.

"Stacey has a real passion for the game," head coach Chris Adams said. "The Players were thoroughly impressed with her energy and enthusiasm during the interview process and I believe she will step in and be a valuable member of our coaching staff."

During her playing days at Montevallo, she was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Region and four-time All-Conference player. She was named South Region Player of the Year in her junior year and led the nation in assists her junior and senior years.

Balaam was a captain for three years at UM and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award three times and equaled the team's record in career points.

A native from Suffolk England, Balaam was a member of the U19 national squad before beginning her college career in the US.

After completing her college career, Balaam was scouted to play semi-professionally in Iceland where she ended her season with the game winning goal and being named in the National Premier League's Team of the Week.

In the spring of 2009 Balaam was the assistant coach at Hoover High School and was a part of the coaching staff of the Alabama Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

She will step in and join one of the most exciting teams in the southeast, as the Lady Saints put together a 14-5-1 record overall and a 7-3 mark in the Peach Belt Conference last season, setting program record for wins in a season with 14, and consecutive wins with 11.

Balaam replaces Jonathan Harvey who assisted Adams for five years before taking a position on the coaching staff at the University of Georgia.