The Landham File
2016-17: University of Northern Colorado, Goalkeeper Coach
2014-2015: Tennessee Soccer Club, Assistant Director of Goalkeeping and U-8/U-10 Coach
2012-14: Union University (Jackson, Tenn.), Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
2008-11: Union University, Goalkeeper
Vanderbilt soccer and head coach Darren Ambrose are pleased to announce that Nashville native James Landham is joining the program as the Commodores’ volunteer assistant coach.
Landham, 28, comes to the Commodores from the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as the Bears’ goalkeeping coach for the past two seasons.
“We are excited to have someone of James’ caliber and background joining our staff,” Ambrose said. “He already has experience in an NCAA Division I program and will bring opinions and ideas that will add to our program.”
A graduate of Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn. and Union University in Jackson, Tenn., Landham returns to his roots by joining the Commodores. He also spent two years coaching youth club teams and goalkeepers in Nashville with the Tennessee Soccer Club. As the city’s soccer scene continues to flourish, Landham is grateful to return home.
“That’s one of the most exciting parts about it,” Landham said about his homecoming. “I see the move as a big jump for me in my career, working in the SEC… I can tell it’s going to be a big move for my career as a learning opportunity and just being around good people.”
Landham frequently interacted with Vanderbilt’s program during his time with Tennessee Soccer Club, and often crossed paths with Ambrose and assistant coaches Ken Masuhr and Kelly Keelan on the recruiting trail for Northern Colorado. Landham was able to follow Vanderbilt’s ascension from afar in recent years.
“As I’ve been watching the success and keeping up with it, it’s definitely exciting to be a part of that,” Landham said. “Just knowing that I can learn and contribute, that’s exciting to feel and experience.”
In 2017, the Commodores reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and won an NCAA Tournament match for the first time since 1998. The program looks to build off those successes in Ambrose’s fourth season at the helm, beginning this August.
Before that, Landham’s first move on the Vanderbilt coaching staff will be accompanying the team on its 11-day trip to Japan later this month.
“I think that’s indicative of how exciting of an opportunity this will be,” Landham said. “Right out of the gate, that’s a big experience and I just feel like that’s going to be a hallmark of my Vanderbilt time. It’s pretty cool.”
During his college years, Landham was a four-year starter in goal and a two-year captain at Union University. As the Bulldogs’ keeper, he won three conference Goalkeeper of the Year awards and seven conference Player of the Week awards.
Landham graduated from Union in 2012 with a degree in exercise science and spent two weeks in training camp with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer before returning to Union as an assistant coach for three seasons.
“He is a Nashville native and understands the reputation and strength of the Vanderbilt name,” Ambrose said. “We are pleased he is coming home and will be a part of our continued efforts to elevate our program to the top tier of the SEC.”