James Gledhill | ASSISTANT COACH
James Gledhill is in his first season as the Assistant Coach for the Belhaven University Men’s Soccer Program.
A native of Huddersfield, England, Gledhill joins the Blazers' staff following two years as the men’s assistant coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure with the Owls, Temple boasted a 19-14-2 record including back to back winning seasons and an AAC Conference semi-final appearance. The Owls accomplished 8 All-AAC conference selections including MLS Draft Pick, Jorge Gomez Sanchez. In both years Gledhill helped the team receive NSCAA All-Academic team awards, including Alex Cagle receiving Temple University Scholar Athlete of the year.
Previous to joining Temple, Gledhill spent four years as the head coach at Holmes Community College. During his tenure with the Lady Bulldogs, Gledhill led the team to two runners-up spots in the MACJC North Division Conference.
Prior to his years at Holmes, Gledhill spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Mississippi College. Whilst there the Choctaws were ASC runners-up, nationally ranked for the first time and boasted 11 Academic All-Americans.
In 2005, Gledhill played a professional season with the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina, where he was a leading goal scorer for the team.
In his college career, Gledhill spent three seasons at the University of Mobile where he became a two-time All-American and led the Rams to their first-ever National Championship as a senior in 2002. During the NAIA National Tournament that year, Gledhill was named the Tournament MVP. In his three seasons with the Rams, Gledhill was the top scorer for the team in two of those years.
In 2001, as a junior in college, Gledhill spent one year at Fairfield University. During his season with the Stags, Gledhill set the school record for goals scored in a single season and led the conference in scoring, propelling the Stags to their highest ever NCAA D1 ranking of #12 in the nation.
Gledhill graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor's degree in communications in 2003. In 2008 he obtained his Masters in Applied Communications from Mississippi College.
Currently, Gledhill holds four coaching licenses that include a USSF A License, a UEFA B License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a National Youth License.
Cillian Thompson | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
Cillian Thompson is in his second year as a graduate assistant for the Belhaven men’s soccer program.
Thompson played his collegiate soccer at Belhaven from 2012 through 2015. In his tenure with the Green and Gold, he was named NSCAA-NCCAA All-American, NCCAA Mideast All-Region, NSCAA player of the week, and was also chosen to the NCCAA All-Tournament team. The Dunboyne, Ireland native tallied 21 goals and six assists in his Belhaven career.
Additionally, Thompson was a member of the Blazers’ 2012 NAIA National Champion team, which produced a 19-4-1 overall record.
Along with serving as an assistant at Belhaven, Thompson is a head coach at the Jackson Futbol Club, and also a head coach for the Mississippi Rush U/11 and U/16 girls’ teams.
Thompson has also done a wide variety of volunteer work with the Top Soccer program, In His Steps, and the Yazoo Federal prison.
He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Jonny Ellis | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
Jonny Ellis joins Belhaven University Men & Women’s Soccer staff as a Graduate Assistant Coach with a wealth of experience both on and off the field. Since completing his Bachelor’s in Coaching and Physical Education at the University of St. Mark & St John (Plymouth, UK), Jonny has coached club and premier soccer in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Jonny was previously the New England Assistant Regional Director for the soccer coaching organization and was a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Bridgeport (CT) Women’s team in the YESsoccer organization.
Jonny holds his UEFA C license as well as his Level 1 in Futsal and USSF D license.
Jonny’s role at BU will involve coaching with both the men and women’s program, specifically working with the men’s goalkeepers, as well as promoting both programs to the wider MS community.