Andy Varns served his second season as a member of Matt Potter's OU coaching staff in 2015.
"Andy’s preparedness and attention to detail during the interview process set him apart," Potter said upon Varns' hiring. "Andy exudes great character and has a personality that will be an invaluable asset to our student-athletes. We are delighted to welcome Andy and his family to our Sooner Soccer family."
"The University of Oklahoma is an institution that exudes excellence," Varns remarked. "I would like to thank Coach Potter and the administration at OU for giving me the opportunity to become a Sooner and to represent such a fantastic academic and athletic institution. Matt has a clear vision for the program and everything is set up and geared for success. I am excited, honored and highly motivated to be part of a bright and successful future for the women’s soccer program at OU. "
Varns's first season on the Oklahoma staff was a big success. The Sooners posted 10 wins and went to the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in program history. With such a young squad, Oklahoma will return nine starters next season as Varns looks to build on the momentum of 2014.
Varns joined the Oklahoma coaching staff after a highly successful stint as the assistant women's soccer coach at NCAA Division II powerhouse Rollins College. Varns coordinated Rollins' recruiting efforts, bringing in student-athletes that would later receive All-America, all-region and all-conference honors.
Varns helped guide Rollins to a record of 43-12-4 in three seasons, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2013. Rollins had two All-Americans, 11 all-region selections and 16 all-conference picks while Varns was on the coaching staff. Varns also aided Rollins to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, a regular season Sunshine State Conference title in 2012 and a conference tournament title in 2013. In 2013, he was the NSCAA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Varns was also an NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year finalist in 2012.
"Andy has a proven track record as a player, coach and recruiter," Potter added. "His philosophy on the game and experience of working within teams will push all within the program to be better. The addition of Andy is another positive step in the development of our program."
Prior to Rollins, Varns spent time at Colorado Mesa University as an assistant. While there, Varns aided CMU to its first-ever NSCAA Top 25 ranking while coordinating the program's recruiting efforts.
Oklahoma's newest assistant has also been heavily involved in the club soccer scene as a coach. Most recently, he was the head coach for the Florida Krush Kraze U18 team and the staff trainer for the U15-17 team. Varns helped guide players through the recruiting process, helping athletes land at schools like North Carolina, Indiana, Wake Forest, Florida, South Carolina and Yale.
Varns also spent time with the Orlando City Soccer Club, Central Florida Krush Kraze and Grand Junction Soccer Club and has been involved with coaching and training for U.S. Soccer and the Region IV Olympic Development Program.
Varns graduated from Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., in 2007. A soccer student-athlete during his undergraduate career, he was an NAIA All-American in 2005, a national player of the week and a multiple-time conference MVP, regional MVP and athlete of the year award winner.
Andy and his wife McKenzie have two children, a daughter, Rosey, and son, Tommy.