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Covenant College

Covenant College Athletics
14049 Scenic Highway Lookout Mountain, GA, GA 30750
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Scott Bosgraf

Scott Bosgraf begins his seventh year as head men's soccer coach in 2023 after being promoted to the position in the summer of 2017. Bosgraf is in his 15th year overall with the program after three years as the full-time assistant coach and five as a part-time assistant.


Scott Bosgraf bio PicFAST FACTS

Years at Covenant (head coach): 6 (2017-present)

Overall record: 72-30-15 (.615)

Conference record: 39-10-5 (.722)

NCAA Tournaments: 1 (2021)

Conference regular season titles: 1 (2019 - USA South West Division)

Conference tournament titles: 2 (2021 - USA South, 2022 - CCS Championship)

AWARDS

2019 USA South Coach of the Year

2018 Covenant College Rudy and Collyn Schmidt Service Award

PROGRAM ACCOLADES

1 United Soccer Coaches All-America (Jesse Riggs, 2019)

1 CoSIDA Academic All-America (Paul Lemay, 2019)

8 United Soccer Coaches All-Region honorees

6 All-CCS honorees

17 All-USA South selections (9 first team choices)

12 All-USA South West honorees

57 USA South All-Academic honorees (through 2021-22)

4 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

2022: After finishing second place in its first regular season in the CCS, the Scots came into the postseason on a mission. Bosgraf's team took down Huntingdon, Maryville, and LaGrange in order to capture the CCS Tournament championship. This led them to the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament where Covenant defeated Oakland City and Campbellsville to move to Nationals. At Nationals, the Scots picked up a loss and a tie to end its season. 13 wins on the year were the most for Covenant since 2019. Six players were named All-CCS while Jay Patterson was named CCS Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the U.S. Soccer Coaches All-Region team.

2021: Bosgraf's squad toppled the USA South to claim the conference tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Scots took down Denison in the opening round before narrowly falling to No. 1-ranked Washington & Lee, 2-1, in the second round. The Scots had a 15-match unbeaten streak, the third longest streak in program history. Six players earned All-USA South West honors, while Mercer Stout and Parker Owen were first team All-USA South. Covenant also claimed its fifth USA South Team Sportsmanship trophy.


2020: A season moved from the fall to the spring did not hamper Bosgraf's team as the Scots went 6-2-1 overall and 5-1 in the USA South. Covenant placed first in the USA South West Division (no official regular season title was awarded by the league for fall sports in spring 2021). The Scots had five first team All-USA South West selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees.


2019: In his third year, Bosgraf's team had an impressive campaign. The Scots finished 18-2-2 and a perfect 13-0 in the USA South en route to a West Division regular season title, the first regular season title in the NCAA era of the program. Covenant earned the No. 1 overall seed in the USA South Tournament and advanced to the title match for a second straight year. Bosgraf was named USA South Coach of the Year, while senior Paul Lemay was the Goalkeeper of the Year and a total of six Scots made first team All-USA South. The 18 wins were the most for the program since 2002, while the Scots set a USA South and program record for conference wins (13).


A total of five Scots were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region team, while Jesse Riggs earned All-America second team honors. Paul Lemay was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection.


2018: Bosgraf's team got back near the top of the USA South in 2018. The Scots went 14-6-1 overall and advanced to the USA South Tournament championship match. The 9-2-1 conference record tied a program record for conference wins in a season, and the most in the NCAA era. Bosgraf also coached six players to All-USA South honors.


2017: In his first season as head coach, Bosgraf's team advanced to the USA South Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2014. Covenant finished the year 9-12-1 overall and 4-6-1 in USA South play. Carl Simakoff was named All-USA South honorable mention and Matt Morefield was selected to the USA South All-Tournament team. Before the season began, Bosgraf took nearly the entire team on a mission trip to the Cayman Islands.


SERVING

During his time at Covenant, Bosgraf has been an embodiment of what it means to be a servant and a leader. Bosgraf's enthusiasm and willingness to assist in a multitude of ways, not only to the athletic department but to the college as a whole, was recognized in the fall of 2018 when he received Covenant College's Rudy and Collyn Schmidt Service Award.


QUOTABLE

"I am very humbled and thankful to be given this opportunity by Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Tim Sceggel. Their support, encouragement and trust have been outstanding," Bosgraf said at the time of his promotion. "To be given this opportunity at Covenant College is truly special for me and my family. Covenant, and specifically Covenant men's soccer, has had a huge impact on my life both as a player and coach and I look forward as the head coach to continuing the process of shaping young men's lives for Christ and his Kingdom. I am truly excited about the program and look forward to getting started."


PLAYING CAREER

Bosgraf played for the Scots from 1985-88, under head coach Brian Crossman, and graduated in 1989 with a degree in history. In his senior year as a player at Covenant, Bosgraf was a team captain, an All-NAIA District 24 and All-South third team selection while ranking 17th in the country in assists per game. In 1996, he returned to be an assistant coach under Crossman through the 2004 season.


BEFORE COVENANT

Bosgraf has been active in the coaching field at various levels for many years. Bosgraf served as head coach for the Chattanooga FC Club team and has held assistant positions at both Baylor School and Chattanooga Christian. Since 2013, Bosgraf has been a staff coach with the Tennessee Olympic Development Program coaching U13-U19 boys and girls. From 2009-11, he was an assistant for Crossman with Chattanooga FC. Bosgraf was a head coach at East Ridge Soccer Association from 2009-12 and led his U18 Boys team to a Division II state championship in 2011. Additionally, he has served as a coach, board member and director for the Lookout Mountain Soccer Association.


Bosgraf spent several years as an assistant with the Covenant program. After a short stint away from the program, Bosgraf came back to Covenant in 2009 as the goalkeeper coach for head coach Nathan Pifer and held that position through the 2013 season before becoming the full-time assistant the next season.


FAMILY

He and his wife, Lansing, live on Lookout Mountain, Ga. The couple has three children, Alexandra, Hamilton, and Mya. They are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

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Anthony Buzzeo

Anthony Buzzeo enters his third year as assistant coach in 2023. "I’m eager to continue to learn on and off the field under Coach Bosgraf," Buzzeo said. "He’s already taught me a ton, so I’m excited to continue to work with him and develop my coaching skills. I believe there’s much more to achieve at Covenant! We’ve just gotten started!"


No stranger to Lookout Mountain, Buzzeo played four years with the Scots between 2016-19 and appeared in 66 matches during his tenure. Buzzeo served a season as the assistant men's soccer coach at Howard Payne University before returning to the mountain in 2021. Since his return, he has assisted Coach Bosgraf to reaching new levels of success at Covenant. Buzzeo has helped the Scots be named back-to-back conference champions, win their first NCAA Division III Tournament game, and achieve the ranking of #23 in the nation in 2022.


"I'm excited to be home at Covenant College! This school and program has given so much to me and I’m ready to give back," said Buzzeo at the time of his hiring.


"I am thrilled to have Anthony join the men's soccer coaching staff. As a former player at Covenant, Anthony is very familiar with our program and culture and will have an immediate impact on and off the field for us," added Bosgraf. "Anthony is a true student of the game and has a passion for player development, which will pay dividends as we strive to reach our potential. I am very thankful God has brought Anthony back to Covenant and look forward to watching him use his gifts to further Christ's kingdom through soccer."


In his playing career at Covenant, Buzzeo tallied 11 goals and three assists while making 26 starts for the Scots. He was a USA South All-Academic team selection in 2018-19 and helped the Scots to a USA South West Division regular season title in 2019 after a perfect 13-0-0 conference season.


Buzzeo earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Covenant in 2020 and obtained an M.Ed in Sports and Wellness Leadership from Howard Payne in 2023.


"My coaching style tends to be more relational and servant-minded which fits the holistic development desired by Covenant Athletics," continued Buzzeo. "I’m excited to be able to help my players grow on the field in their technical, tactical, and physical abilities as well as off the field in their spiritual, academic, and everyday lives.”

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