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Averett University

Averett University Athletics
420 W. Main Street DANVILLE, VA 24540
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Very Small National competitor

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Philip Wilson

Head coach Philip Wilson has been at the helm of Averett University's men's soccer program since March 2014 after serving as an assistant coach at Averett for three seasons.


Wilson's teams took a step forward in each of his first three seasons, improving their win total and finish in the USA South Conference. In 2016, Averett won eight games overall and six games in the conference — both highs during Wilson's tenure. The Cougars made their eighth consecutive USA South Tournament appearance in the process. He produced one all-conference, one all-state selection and multiple players/rookies of the week.


In 2015, Wilson guided the Cougars to a 6-12 overall record with a 5-5 mark in the USA South Conference. Two players earned USA South All-Conference honors, two earned USA South Rookie of the Week recognition and one earned Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Wilson led Averett to a 4-5-1 conference record in his first season as head coach. He had two players earn USA South All-Conference honors, one player earn all-state recognition and two players earn weekly conference awards.


Prior to being named head coach, Wilson helped guide the program to the USA South Conference Tournament semifinals three consecutive times as an assistant for the Cougars for three seasons. Averett had a 29-20-7 overall record during Wilson's tenure as an assistant, including an 11-6-2 mark in 2011. In 2012, he helped the Cougars go 6-2 in the conference, matching the program record for conference wins in a season.


Wilson is a 2010 graduate of Milligan College, where he played four seasons and was a two-time team captain. He received numerous accolades, including All-America Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Conference.


A native of Middlesborough, England, Wilson also played semi-pro in England for Billingham Town FC from 2004-06, in addition to playing for Cleveland County. He also spent three summers playing in the Professional Development league (USA) for the Cary Railhawks (Raleigh, N.C.).


His soccer coaching experience includes working summer Camps for the Carolina Railhawks (USL), Duke University, North Carolina State University, East Tennessee State University and Triangle Futbol Club. Wilson also spent three months working for Premier UK in North Carolina. He holds a Football Association Level 2 certification and a Premier Skills Practice Play Level 2 diploma.


Wilson also attended the NCAA's Emerging Leaders Seminar in January 2014.


Wilson earned his bachelor's of science degree from Milligan in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis in sports management. He completed his master's of business administration degree from Averett in 2013.

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Peter Merritt

Peter Merritt joined the Averett University men's soccer program in February 2020 as an assistant coach.


Merritt came to Averett following a four-year playing career at N.C. Wesleyan College from 2016-19. A center back, Merritt helped the Bishops win three USA South regular season crowns, two conference tournament titles and make two NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a three-time USA South Academic All-Conference performer.


In addition to his collegiate playing career, Merriott has coached had multiple youth and ID camps at multiple levels.


A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Merritt graduated from N.C. Wesleyan in 2019 with a degree in business administration and marketing. He is pursuing his master of business administration from Averett.

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