High Point University

High Point University Dept of Athletics
833 Montlieu Avenue High Point, NC 27268
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Zach Haines

Becoming just the fourth Head Coach in HPU men's soccer Division I history, Zach Haines arrived on the Panther campus in February 2019, having spent the previous season with Denver University. Acting as the Pioneers' Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Haines helped Denver to a 15-4-2 record on the year, as the side reached as far as the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. Under Haines the Pioneers reached as high as No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches top-25, finishing the year at No. 15 overall. DU finished 2018 as both Summit League Tournament and Regular Season Champs, while boasting the No. 15 scoring offense in all of Division I soccer (2.00).

A native of Jamestown, N.C., Haines spent six years of his coaching career at UNCW before going to Denver, holding the position of Associate Head Coach for five seasons. The Southwest Guilford grad helped lead the Seahawks from a 7-11-1 record in his first season, to a 13-5-2 finish, and an NCAA Tournament At-Large bid, in his third year. During his time in Wilmington, UNCW received a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, advancing to the second round of the championship in both appearances.

The Seahawks received a ranking within the top-25 during each of Haines' last five seasons at UNCW, thrice defeating his alma mater North Carolina. While in Wilmington, 25 players competing under Haines received All-Conference honors and eight earned All-CAA rookie recognition.

Haines has made a habit of recruiting and producing professional talent with eight of his players at UNCW signing pro contracts between 2012-2017. In 2019 alone two players under Haines' tutelage were selected in the Major League Soccer Superdraft, including NCAA leading goal scorer Andre Shinyashiki (No. 5; Colorado Rapids) and Pioneer defender Scott DeVoss (59th; Orlando City). Haines also coached 2016 MLS pick Colin Bonner (45th; FC Dallas), during his tenure with UNCW.

In addition to his successes at the D1 level, Haines also led his team to the 2011 USL Super-20 National Championship semifinals as a head coach and has also handled coaching duties with North Carolina ODP (Olympic Development Program) and East Chapel Hill High School.

Haines played for Southwest Guilford High School before competing collegiately at North Carolina. A part of the No. 4 recruiting class in the country in 2004, he spent three years playing for the Tar Heels, and spent time as a Volunteer Coach for UNC in 2009.

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Josh Gillon

Josh Gillon rejoined the High Point University men's soccer coaching staff in May of 2017 after previously serving as an assistant coach with the Panthers from 2013-2015.

As an assistant, Gillon helped the Panthers to back-to-back Big South regular season championships in 2017 and 2018, along with an NCAA Championship tournament during the latter campaign. HPU reached as high as No. 12 in the national polls during that 2018 championship run, the highest any High Point team had been ranked at the time. Gillon and the rest of the Purple & White coaching contingency earned 2018 United Soccer Coaches South Region Staff of the Year honors for their record-setting season, the first Panther staff to do so in program history.

In addition to coaching numerous Big South All-Conference selections, athletes learning under Gillon have received a plethora of conference, regional and national recognition. In 2018, High Point defender Johnny Fenwick (San Antonio FC) earned Second Team All-American status for his efforts, in addition to Big South Defensive Player of the Year Accolades. His teammates Ilias Kosmidis and Tony Pineda collected Big South Attacking Player of the Year and Big South Freshman of the Year respectively, while the latter garnered College Soccer News All-American Freshman distinctions. Fenwick and fellow Panther defender Rashid Tetteh (New Mexico United) both earned College Soccer News All-American honors during their time at High Point, while Tetteh also received 2017's Big South Defender of the Year honor.

Fenwick, Tetteh, Kosmidis, Keegan Meyer, Mamadee Nyepon and Adam Sewell were all United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections while playing under Gillon, with all six previously mentioned players earning spots on the NCCSIA All-State Team, along with former Panthers Austin Yearwood (New Mexico United), Renato Punyed (Nybersgund & Nicaraguan National Team), Ebe Kudolo (formerly North Carolina FC), Kody Palmer, and Avery Ryan.

In November of 2016, Gillon was called into the U14 United States National Team as an assistant coach for head coach Clint Peay. Gillon still serves as the Goalkeeper Coach at a United States Soccer Federation Scout. He also spent three seasons as the Goalkeeper Director for North Carolina Fusion of the US Development Academy.

Gillon helped guide the Panthers to the 2015 Big South Conference championship game and he played a key role in the team turning in their best season defensively in program history. HPU recorded nine shutouts last year and only allowed 18 total goals for a 0.82 goals against average on the season.

Gillon last came to HPU after a three-year stint at Catawba College as an assistant coach and goalkeeping coach. He led the charge in recruiting for the Indians and after his first recruiting class saw Catawba improve from 5-12-1 to 11-8-1 in his first year. During his time at Catawba, the Indians posted a .543 winning percentage, winning more games in his first season than the previous three seasons combined.

Gillon began his collegiate coaching career at Saint Leo University, serving as an assistant for two seasons. He also has been the Director of Goalkeeping at the North Carolina Soccer Fusion since 2013. He was the Burke Soccer Association Director of Coaching from 2006-08.

During his coaching career, Gillon has coached several players that have gone on to play professionally. Jonathan Glenn of Saint Leo University led the Icelandic Premier League in goals in 2014 with IBV and was called into the Trinidad & Tobago Men’s National Team for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Goalkeeper Erik Mozzo has represented the US Virgin Islands in World Cup Qualifiers and is currently playing for Oberliga club Vfl Frohnlach in Germany. Gillon also coached recent HPU grad Renato Punyed, who signed to play professionally with IBV upon graduation.

A number of athletes to play under Gillon are currently in the American football system, including current Memphis 901 FC, and former New York City FC goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, and San Antonio FC midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe.

During his time at HPU the now Associate Head Coach has directed five former Panthers currently playing in the USL, including All-American Johnny Fenwick (San Antonio FC), United Soccer Coaches All-Region Rashid Tetteh (New Mexico United), NCCSIA All-State Ebe Kudolo (North Carolina FC), Austin Yearwood (New Mexico United) and Ryeong Choi (Greenville Triumph).

In addition to coaching, Gillon also works for ESPN on the sidelines during US National Team, MLS, five NCAA College Cups and several International Friendlies that have included the Brazilian National Team, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Liverpool and others.

A native of Morganton, N.C. and former All-State Goalkeeper at Freedom High School, Gillon now resides with his wife, Lauren, in High Point, N.C.

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Travis Morris

Travis Morris joined the High Point University men's soccer staff in March of 2017. He came to HPU after a three-year stint at Belmont University.

Morris served as the goalkeeper coach at Belmont for three seasons from 2014-16. He helped to plan day-to-day training sessions for the team and planned all goalkeeper training sessions. His other duties included coordinating travel, recruiting and video work. Morris also organized and ran Belmont’s residential soccer camp.

Prior to his time at Belmont, Morris served as a graduate assistant and volunteer assistant over two seasons at VCU. He helped guide the Rams to back-to-back at-large NCAA Tournament bids in 2012 and 2013.

Morris graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelors in Health and Physical Education in 2012 after a four-year playing career with the Eagles. He holds an USSF National “D” Coaching License and an NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Coaching Diploma.

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