Player Number:
Oklahoma City
Previous School:
Putnam City North HS
Phys. Ed./Business

2013: Byars recorded 15 wins and 10 shutouts on his junior year. He had 68 saves on the year and a career-high 11 saves in a double overtime loss in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship tournament game against Missouri Valley. He holds USAO records for career wins (46) and shutouts (31). He was named All-SAC First Team and All-Southwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In the summer of 2014, he played in the National Premier Soccer League for the Oklahoma City Football Club.

2012: In his sophomore year, Byars has tied Coach Vizarelis’ career shutouts record with 21. Additionally, he’s second in school history in career goals against average at 0.65 and third in wins with 31. During the season, he collected 11 shutouts and recorded 47 saves. With a GAA of 0.551, Byars topped the NAIA and is second in school history for a single season. Offensively, Byars recorded one assists in a game against Northwood. He was named an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and Sooner Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for his efforts.

2011: Coming in as a redshirt freshman, Byars was USAO’s starting keeper, only missing one start all season. Spending almost 2,000 minutes in the box, Byars allowed just 16 goals while collecting 67 saves. He had a season-high nine saves against Missouri Valley in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Drovers went on to shut out MVC. For the season, Byars earned 17 wins and 10 shutouts. He ended the season with a goals against average of 0.744, which is eighth in the NAIA and first in the conference. For his efforts, Byars earned SAC All-Conference First Team honors.

2010: After high school, Byars went to Midwestern State, where he redshirted one season.

High School: At Putnam City North High School, Byars was named All-America and All-State his senior year. He was also named All-District three years in a row. In 2008, he was a Gatorade National Player nominee. He helped lead his team to become state runners up in 2007.

Interesting Fact: Has no ligaments in his left shoulder

Advice to Freshmen: Give 150 percent every day