FERRUM — Ferrum College has made coaching additions to its men’s and women’s soccer programs and its sports medicine staff, college athletic officials said in prepared statements.
Felix Son Vu and Grant Boaz have been hired as assistant coaches in men’s soccer; Vu joins the staff as full-time coach, while Boaz is a volunteer assistant.
Panthers head coach Enda Crehan begins his third year as Ferrum’s head coach this season.
Vu has spent the past two seasons at Drury University as a graduate assistant for both its men’s and women’s squads.
Also, Vu was the goalkeeper coach of the NPSL Demize.
Vu played college soccer for NCAA Division II Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) University from 2013-2017. He was part of the team’s Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament championship squad in 2016.
Vu is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus; he received a bachelor’s in physical education and health and he earned a master’s in integrated learning from Drury in May 2019.
Vu received a certificate in fitness from the Australian College of Sports and Fitness in 2018.
VU has past semi-professional playing experience in Australia, and he represented Australia as a youth player. He competed for the NPSL Demize and PASL Demize for part of the 2018 season.
Boaz will focus on operations and opposition analysis for the Panthers.
Recently, he completed his second season as travel soccer coach in the Piedmont Youth Soccer League (PYSL) in Martinsville.
Boaz is a past assistant boys soccer coach at Martinsville. He serves as the head boys and girls soccer coach at Carlisle.
Boaz has served as a staff coach for camps at Radford University, Post to Post and the Chicago Fire in the community programs.
Boaz graduated with his bachelor’s in sports management with an emphasis in administration from North Carolina State University.
Boaz played college soccer for Crehan at Patrick Henry Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Boaz has his E and F licenses through the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Former Franklin County and Ferrum College women’s soccer performer Mikayla Cannaday is returning to the Panthers as an assistant coach on the staff of first-year head coach Erin Saleeby.
Cannaday earned her bachelor’s this past May in health science with minors in biology and coaching.
Cannaday competed for the Panthers from 2015-2018 and earned first-team All-Conference East Division laurels in the USA South Athletic Conference.
Cannaday received academic all-conference accolades from the USA South in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 and from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in 2018-19. She was named to the Dean’s List for all eight semesters of her matriculation.
Lauren Cox and Nathan Jones have been hired as assistant athletic trainers.
Cox last worked as a graduate athletic trainer for two years at Indiana State University, where she earned her doctorate of athletic trainer.
Cox received her bachelor’s in athletic training from Radford University in 2017. While there, she was an undergraduate sports medicine work-study employee with the Highlanders athletic program.
Cox’s worked with injury prevention, practice set-up, rehabilitative services, medical record, patient referral, scanning and uploading documents to electronic medical record databases and managing inventory at Indiana State and Radford.
Jones last worked with the sports medicine staff at the University of Virginia while earning his master’s in athletic training.
While at Virginia, Jones worked with the football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Also, he worked in the William Monroe High School athletic department and Virginia’s Performance Place Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy.
Jones received his bachelor’s in education-kinesiology from Virginia in 2016. Cox, Jones, head athletic trainer Seth Crawford and associate athletic trainer Caitlin Keroack comprise Ferrum’s four-person sports medicine staff.