Faulkner University

Faulkner University Athletics
5345 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109
NAIA Alabama Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Gabriel De Queiroz

Gabriel de Queiroz is entering his second full season as head coach and seventh season on the Faulkner soccer coaching staff.

After taking over at the midway mark in the 2020-21 season, Queiroz has led the Eagles to back-to-back conference semifinals including with the program's first-ever top half of the conference finish in regular season play in 2022.

Queiroz started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Faulkner in the spring of 2015. He was hired as the assistant boys soccer coach at Alabama Christian Academy in January 2016, and returned to Faulkner in the summer of 2016 as the top assistant coach on the men's soccer staff. Queiroz currently serves as the head boys coach at Montgomery Academy in the spring where he was named the All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2022 and is the assistant director for local youth soccer club FC Montgomery. He holds USSF Futsal coaching license and is on track to graduate with an Argentinian Football Association License B in 2021.

A native of Salvador, Brazil, Queiroz was a two-year letterman as a midfielder on the Faulkner University men's soccer team after two years playing in junior college for Iowa Western in 2011 and Wallace State-Hanceville in 2012. Queiroz played semi-pro soccer for NPSL club Corinthians San Antonio FC in the summer of 2015. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Faulkner University in 2016 and a masters in management in 2019.

Queiroz married the former Brittany Gregor, a Faulkner women's soccer alum, in May of 2017. They are the proud parents of Felipa and Ana.

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Matthew Tarpley

Coach Tarpley has been a member of the Faulkner University Soccer coaching staff for the past 7 years. He has served as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Faulkner University and is also currently the Recruiting Coordinator. Coach Tarpley coordinates the Faulkner University Soccer Camp Program planning and running 4 camps a year. He believes that the coach/player relationship extends beyond the pitch and strives to be a mentor to our athletes on and off the field. Coach Tarpley also handles the Operations and Logistics for the Men’s Soccer program.

Coach Tarpley is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and has lived in Auburn, Ala. for the past 10 years. He has been married to his wife, Stacey, for 21 years and they have 3 beautiful children at home; Allie-18, Becca-16, and Miller-15.

Coach Tarpley has worked with several clubs since moving to Alabama 10 years ago. He took the Opelika Crush U15 boys to the State Cup finals and led the FC Montgomery U18 girls to the Alabama Summer Shootout tournament title. He most recently led the Auburn Thunder 02 Boys to the title at the Liberty Cup Classic and the Auburn Thunder Classic in the Fall of 2020. Coach Tarpley is also very active in high school soccer and has served as a coach for the AHSAA North/South All Star Game.

Coach Tarpley believes in the mission of Faulkner University. He believes that Jesus, academics, and soccer are the three most important things for a Faulkner University soccer player to focus on. He runs several camps and outreach programs for young people in both the Montgomery and Auburn area. Coach Tarpley is active in his church and volunteers as a small group mentor for the Youth group.

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Matheus Mello

Graduate Assistant

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