Weiss Completes Staff For 2004
Brizendine and Emenalo added, Sexton promoted
January 27, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - After a successful season in the final year in the BIG EAST, Virginia Tech head men's soccer coach Oliver Weiss is set to lead the Hokies into the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference next season, and he has established a coaching staff he feels will help the Hokies be conference and national contenders.

Michael Brizendine has been added to the Hokie staff as the top assistant coach, while volunteer goalkeeper coach John Sexton has been promoted to an assistant coach. Michael Emenalo, a former Major League Soccer and World Cup player, joins the staff as a volunteer coach. Brizendine replaces Kevin Korondi, who resigned in December.

"2004 marks another milestone in our program," said Weiss, who led the Hokies to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003. "We are growing from a staff of three to four, and I believe that will help our program to continue to improve. We are happy that Mike (Brizendine) is going to be the number one assistant. He has a great background as a player and a coach"

Brizendine joins the Hokie staff after a successful stint at Bridgewater College, a Division III program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. He was also an assistant men's coach at Ferrum College in 1999. He has been the head men's coach at Bridgewater since 2001 and assisted with the men's and women's teams in 2000. Guiding the team from non-competitive status to a full-fledged Division III program, Brizendine led Bridgewater to a 25-10 mark over the past two seasons - a .714 winning percentage.

Brizendine is scheduled to receive his Master's Degree in Sports Administration from James Madison in May. He graduated from JMU in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in religion and a minor in business. He holds an Advanced National Coaching License and a National License from the NSCAA.

"His experience as a Division III coach at a school that broke several records is a sign of a very talented young coach. We like those types of people and are happy he is joining us," Weiss said.

He was also instrumental in fundraising efforts at Bridgewater that led to the construction of permanent seating, fencing and a press box for the soccer field. A citizen of Harrisonburg, Brizendine has served as the committee chair for the Harrisonburg Soccer Association Club Soccer Organization since 2003, and he was the head coach of the U-15 travel team.

As a player, he lettered four seasons at JMU from 1995-98 and ended his career in the top six in career scoring for the Dukes. He earned all-conference and all-region recognition during his four-year career. He also played professionally with the Roanoke Wrath (1999) and the Northern Virginia Royals (2000 and 2001) of the Division 3 league.

Sexton was promoted to assistant coach after serving as the volunteer goalkeeper coach in 2003. A former standout keeper for the Hokies, he was a part-time coach on the 2003 Hokie staff which earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. The Tech keepers tallied one of the best goals against averages in school history in 2003. He has also been active in youth coaching.

"We like to promote from within our staff," said Weiss. " John has only been here a short time, but he has earned the reward of being promoted by helping our program grow and become competitive. His responsibilities will increase as he will now be involved more with our off-campus recruiting."

Emenalo has extensive soccer playing experience at almost every level. A native of Nigeria, he played four seasons at Boston University (1985-89). Emenalo led the Terriers to a 54-17-11 record over his four years, scoring 36 goals along with 32 assists. Emenalo was named All-New England all four seasons. He was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He played professionally in the first division in England and Belgium and was a member the San Jose Clash MLS team in 1996 and 1997. In 1994, he represented Nigeria in the men's World Cup, giving him the distinction of being the only foreign player to play for a U.S. college and in the World Cup.