|Full name Justin Bryant|
Education New York University
Height 1.80 m
Name Justin Bryant
|Date of birth (1966-08-24) August 24, 1966 (age 49)|
Place of birth Melbourne, Florida, United States
Books Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness, Season of Ash
Justin Bryant (born August 24, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is an American writer and former soccer goalkeeper.
Youth and college
Bryant grew up in Florida, and attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia. While at Radford, he played on the men's soccer team from 1984 to 1986.
Bryant elected to pursue a career as a professional soccer goalkeeper. In 1987, He moved to England and signed with Boreham Wood FC. He made his debut in a 3-0 win against Leatherhead on March 12. While playing for Borehamwood, he had an extended trial at Brentford FC and played as a trialist in several friendlies. He returned to the U.S. that same year to play for the Orlando Lions of the recently established American Soccer League. In 1989, he moved to Scotland to play for Dunfermline Athletic but was unable to obtain a work permit. In 1990, he returned to Boreham Wood FC, where he made 23 appearances for the reserve team. In 1995, he spent a single season with the Cocoa Expos in the U.S., making over 20 first-team appearances. The Expos reached the USISL Premier League final, where they lost 3-1 to the Richmond Kickers.
In 1996, Bryant decided to give up his playing career, and moved to Elon College and completed his bachelor's degree in English. The college then hired him as the assistant coach for the women's soccer team. Based on an idea for a book he had conceived while visiting his father in South Africa, he wrote a novel, Season of Ash, published in 2004 by ENC Press, and has continued to write, producing short fiction published in such literary journals as Thin Air, Chiron Review, The Rockhurst Review, and Snowbound. His work has also been anthologized by Gorsky Press, Spotted Cow Press, and Key Porter Books. He has written about soccer for XI Quarterly, The Howler Magazine, Green Pitch Magazine, Red Issue, and Bookable Offense. He is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at New York University, where he did his thesis with E. L. Doctorow. He currently writes a column in Goalkeeper Magazine. In June 2013, Bryant published his second book, the autobiographical "Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness", documenting his travails as a young, professional goalkeeper.