About Courage Country
After the record-breaking 2018 season, this site was created to follow everything related to the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage, NWSL in general, and women’s professional soccer. We celebrated our one-year anniversary on January 4, 2020, and are ramping up for our second year of covering and promoting Courage.
This site is not affiliated with the North Carolina Football Club or North Carolina Courage and represents a group of fan’s perspective on the NC Courage.
Who We Are
Founder and publisher of CourageCountry, Ryan found a passion for the game of soccer over the past decade as his sons entered into soccer, coaching recreational and challenge-level teams for NCFCY.
After becoming season ticket holders for the NC Courage, the Keefer family developed relationships with the players and staff of the North Carolina Football Club and the NC Courage. Wanting to give back, promote and grow the NWSL and NC Courage, Ryan created CourageCountry.com as a way to do all those things and simultaneously utilize his journalism and mass communication degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He has 20+ years in web technology, leadership, mentorship, and coaching and works as a Group Interactive Director. Outside of work and soccer, Ryan enjoys time with his wife, Amanda, and two boys, Tyler and Nolan.
Originally from Maryland, Megan had her first taste of the South when she moved to Clemson, SC to begin her collegiate career as a freshman walk-on at Clemson University. Although she played soccer competitively for the majority of her youth, a leader on her high school and club teams, she was surprised to find the transition to the college level challenging. She joined the university’s club team and found a better work-life balance with the sport she’d always admired. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Graphics Communications, she moved to Raleigh, NC to begin her professional career.
Looking for a way to connect with the local soccer community and to integrate the sport into her post-collegiate lifestyle, she joined a division 1 Co-ed team in the local adult league and acquired her coaching license. She began coaching for the Futbol Club of Cary and Next Level Academy. And, while a member of the Easy Riders FC, she earned 16 straight season titles in TASL Co-ed Division 1, 4 time Beer City Cup Champions in the Co-ed division, 2 time NC TASL Classic Champions in the Co-ed division, and 2 time NC State Champion in the Co-ed division.
When she’s not playing soccer, she’s working as a Digital Producer at a local advertising agency, cherishing quality time with her daughter, Violet, and husband, Kevin, and staying close with friends and family.
She’s enthusiastic about the future of the NWSL and impressed with soccer’s continued momentum in the Raleigh area.
Greg is a photographer that specializes in action soccer photography. As a lifelong player, coach, and fan he transitioned to photography to resist the urge to coach his kids from the sidelines.
His favorite thing to do in the world is watching a soccer game with a camera in hand and his passion is in capturing the emotion in the beautiful game through his photos.
Outside of photography, Greg is a CEO of a digital consultancy in Raleigh and enjoys time with his wife and three children in Cary, NC.