Emory University

Emory Athletics
26 Eagle Row Atlanta, GA 30322
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Medium National competitor


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Cory Greiner

Cory Greiner joined the Emory men's soccer program as an assistant coach in August of 2013. He was appointed Interim Head Coach prior to the start of the 2017 season and later was named the program's full-time head coach in December of 2017.

In his first season as interim head coach in 2017, Greiner brought the Eagles to heights the program hasnt seen in nearly 30 years, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight for the just the second time in program history and first time since 1988. The Eagles finished the season with a 15-5-2 overall record, the second highest win total in a single season. Greiner saw four players earn All-UAA honors and three named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. In his three-year stretch at the helm, Greiner holds an overall mark of 33-17-5.

During his four seasons with the team as an assistant, Greiner helped lead the Eagles to a 43-20-7 overall record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014. Under Greiner, Emory finished second in the University Athletic Association in 2013, third in 2014 and fourth in 2015 and 2016.

With Greiner on the staff, the Eagles have combined to win an All-America honor, four all-region awards, and 20 all-conference certificates over the last four seasons.

Greiner came to the Emory program after serving as the Technical Director of the SOCA Soccer Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2009. Among his duties included the coaching of elite youth boys teams (U10-U19), the implementation of a year-round player development model, and the oversight and management of all camps and clinics. As head coach, Greiner led two teams to VYSA State Cup Championships, the U18 Boys in 2008-09 and the U16 Boys in 2011-12.

Prior to his Technical Director responsibilities, Greiner was the Coaching Director for the Challenge Program for SOCA from 2006-09. A Virginia Olympic Development Program staff coach since 2010, Greiner holds both the USSF National 'B' License and USSF National Youth License.

As a player, Greiner was a four-year starter at Virginia Commonwealth University (1999-2002) and helped the Rams to NCAA Division I Tournament berths in 1999 and 2002. He earned his bachelor's degree from VCU in sport management with a business minor in 2003.

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Clayton Schmitt

The 2017 season marked the beginning of Clayton Schmitt's second stint as an assistant coach for the Emory men's soccer team.

Clayton rejoined the Eagles' program after spending the 2014-2016 campaigns at Oglethorpe University, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Stormy Petrels to an overall record of 24-20-7 during those three seasons, which included 2015 and 2016 Southern Athletic Association regular-season titles.

Schmitt also has been the head coach of the women's program at Holy Innocents High School in Atlanta since December of 2014, directing his teams to a pair of semifinal apperances in the Class AA State Championships.

Schmitt's first go-around as an assistant at Emory came from June 2011 through April of 2014. During his tenure, he helped the Eagles to an overall slate of 31-20-4, which included a 2012 University Athletic Association co-championship and a second-round apperance in the NCAA Tournament. His primary responsibilites entered around coaching the Emory goalkeepers while assisting in other areas of the program.

Clayton also is the Director of Coaches for the Southern Soccer Academy's Northside (Buckhead) branch in Atlanta, overseeing the program's start to now having 30 competitive teams and taking his U15 Girls Athena team to the 2017 State Cup tournament.

He was formerly the Varsity Boys and Girls Head Coach at the Weber School in Sandy Springs. During his time at the Weber School, Clayton guided the girls’ team to two GISA Quarterfinal berths and the boys’ team to GISA Semifinal and Quarterfinal berths. In addition, he has coached seven All-State players (five boys and two girls). From 2011-2012 he was the Varsity Girls Head Coach at North Springs High School, and led the team to its first region tournament in five years, coaching two players to all-region honors.

Clayton is a former goalkeeper from Mercer University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 2006. He also earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University in 2008. He holds the NSCAA Premier, Advanced National, and National Diplomas, and, as well as the National Goalkeeping Diploma, and is in the teaching pool for NSCAA courses in Georgia.

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