Brien Braswell learned soccer on the playgrounds of Tehran, Iran, where his parents were missionaries. When they moved to the Raleigh area, he played goalkeeper at Ravenscroft High School where he helped win a 1982 state championship. Braswell is a graduate of Guilford College where he was a member of the soccer team from 1983-1986. In 1989 he became the boys and girls soccer coach at Ragsdale High School, a position he still holds after 28 seasons. His teams have won seven state titles – the boys in 1991, 1993, and 1995 while his girls’ teams won in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2005. His teams twice won the boys and girls state titles during the same academic year (1993-1994 and 1995-1996). Braswell has won a combined 15 conference Coach of the Year awards and was named the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year for boys in 1993 and for girls in 2005. He also was named 2005 Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Braswell is a member of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame and joins one of his former players, Olympic goalkeeper Siri Mullinix, in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.