Mercer University

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1400 Coleman Ave Macon, GA 31207
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
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Tony Economopoulos

Tony Economopoulos was hired as the sixth head coach in Mercer women’s soccer history on Feb. 22, 2012. In his eight seasons at the helm , Economopoulos has led the Bears to a 91-57-18 overall record, 41-21-10 mark in conference action (Southern Conference & Atlantic Sun Conference) and the best winning percentage in program history (.602). With a 2-0 win over Furman in the 2019 regular season finale, Economopoulos won his 100th career game. As a head coach, he is 101-98-18 (.507) overall.


Mercer has recorded more wins than any other NCAA Division I women’s soccer program in the state of Georgia, and the Bears have never finished below .500 since Economopoulos took over the program. He needs just nine victories to become the the first Mercer women's soccer coach to record 100 wins at Mercer alone. His .602 winning percentage with the Bears makes him one of two coaches - joining Paul Harbin (1990-93) - to achieve a winning record at Mercer.


In his eight seasons in charge of the program, Econompoulos has mentored numerous players that have received both athletic and academic accolades. Off the field, he has coached two CoSIDA Academic All-District selections in Maggie Cropp (2015) and Maggie Clark (2016). Clark was also named a NSCAA Scholar All-South Region selection in 2016. On the field, Economopoulos has seen a Mercer played represented on the All-Conference teams in the Southern Conference and Atlantic Sun 31 times while seeing his players represented on All-Tournament teams 17 times. Additionally, his student-athletes have been honored with Player of the Week accolades 16 times. During Mercer's time in the Atlantic Sun under Economopoulos, the Bears had four All-Academic selections.


Collegiate Coaching Experience


February 2012-Present – Mercer University


Women’s Head Coach


2009-12 – Georgia Southwestern


Women’s Head Coach


2007-09 – Oklahoma State University


Women’s Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator


2003-07 – Bowling Green State University


Men’s Assistant Coach


Interim Men’s Head Coach


Recruiting Coordinator


2001-03 – Western Illinois University


Men's Assistant Coach


Men's/Women's Goalkeeper Coach


Recruiting Coordinator


Coaching Accolades at Mercer


2019


Went 16-4-0 overall and 7-2 in SoCon play


Named the 2019 SoCon Coach of the Year


Guided the Bears to a single season program record 16 wins


Mentored the first Bear to earn SoCon Player of the Year honors in Nicole Icen


Eight players earned All-SoCon Honors


All-SoCon First Team: Nicole Icen, Abigail Zoeller


All-SoCon Second Team: Ciara Whitely, Megan Delmonico


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Amaya Evans, Nicole Icen, Ciara Whitely


SoCon All-Tournament Team: Elizabeth Hargis, Payton Schurr


Earned a program best 65th ranking in the RPI


Finished the season with a perfect 11-0 mark at Betts Stadium. The Bears were one of seven teams to win every home game they played in.


One of 16 teams with 16 or more wins on the season


Under his guidance, Mercer recorded nine shutouts


2018


Led the Bears to a 9-7-4 (4-3-2 SoCon) record


Three Players earn All-SoCon honors


All-SoCon Frist Team: Abigail Zoeller


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Kylie Buchanan and Payton Schurr


Program earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award


2017


Guided Mercer to a 10-10-1 (3-5-1 SoCon) record


Three Players earned All-SoCon honors


All-SoCon Second Team: Megan Delmonico


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Sarah Adcock, Ally Fordham


Earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award


Mercer placed seven student-athletes on the Fall Academic All-Conference Team


2016


Guided Mercer to 10-9-1 (6-3-0 SoCon) record


Team was one win away from reaching third consecutive SoCon Tournament title match


Ended the regular season on a six-match win streak (five shutouts) after starting the season 3-8-1


Three players earned All-SoCon honors


All-SoCon First Team: Maddie Clark, Corinne Wooten


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Megan Delmonico


Mentored Maddie Clark to stellar senior campaign (14 goals, 30 points, five game-winning goals)


Saw Clark earn NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Third Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, All-SoCon First Team and SoCon All-Tournament Team honors


Program earned its 15th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award


Mercer All SoCon women’s soccer teams with 13 student-athletes named to Fall Academic All-Conference Team


2015


Went 9-8-4 and advanced to Southern Conference Tournament Championship match for the second time in as many seasons


Six players earned All-SoCon honors


All-SoCon Second Team: Maddie Clark, Maggie Cropp, Katelyn Dimopoulos


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Jorden Christensen, Haley McDuffee


SoCon All-Tournament Team: Maddie Clark, Maggie Cropp, Sarah Daane


Program earned its 14th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award


Maggie Cropp named CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection, becoming the first player in program history to earn first team honors


2014


Captured SoCon Tournament title in Mercer’s first year as a league member en route to the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance


Set program single-season wins record with 14-6-2 mark


Ended season with highest RPI in program history


Four players earned All-SoCon honors


All-SoCon First Team: Maggie Cropp


All-SoCon Second Team: Sarah Daane, Washida Blackman, Lauren Gassie


SoCon All-Tournament Team: Maggie Cropp (Tournament MVP), Washida Blackman, Sarah Daane, Lauren Gassie


Finished season ranked in NSCAA Southeast Region (No. 9) for the first time in program history


Program earned its 13th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award


2013


Went 10-8-3 overall en route to a runner-up finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship


Three players earned All-ASUN honors


All-ASUN Second Team: Washida Blackman, Lauren Gassie


ASUN All-Tournament Team: Washida Blackman, Rachel Buffalo


Program earned its 12th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic award


Brianna Stampler earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team honors


2012


Set a then-program record for most wins in a single season after guiding Bears to a 13-5-3 record in his first season as Mercer head coach


Advanced to A-Sun Championship title match for fifth time in six seasons after finishing second in conference’s regular season standings


Past Coaching Accolades:


Georgia Southwestern


Guided team to program’s conference wins record in 2010


Set GSW program record for most wins over a three-year span (2010-12)


Saw his 2011 team earn NSCAA Team Academic Award & NSCAA Ethics Sportsmanship Silver Award, the first time in program history for each award


Oklahoma State University


Helped guide Cowgirls to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2008) and a program-best No. 7 national ranking in 2008


Team claimed its first-ever Big 12 Conference regular season championship (2008)


Mentored & trained four 2008 All-Big 12 players, including three All-Big 12 First-Team selections


The 2008 team set program record with 18 wins while leading nation in goals per game and ranking third nationally in goals scored (74)


Bowling Green State University


Served as the program’s top assistant for four seasons


Also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator


Was the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Regional Chair


Helped BGSU reach the Mid-American Conference Tournament title match in first year on staff


Briefly served as Interim Head Coach in 2004, helping Falcons earn recognition as one of the most improved NCAA Division I women’s soccer teams in the country


Western Illinois University


Nominated for the AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2002 after helping lead WIU to the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title match


Coaching Awards/Licenses


2019 Southern Conference Coach of the Year


2002 AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year nominee


USFF National “B” License


USFF National “C” License


Professional Playing Experience


USISL


Oklahoma City Slickers


Oklahoma City Warriors


Greek Super League


Olympiakos F.C. (Trials)


A.E.K. Athens (Trials)


Collegiate Playing Experience


1993-96 – Oklahoma City University


Education


2004 – Western Illinois University (M.S., Sport Medicine)


1997 – Oklahoma City University (B.A., Communications)

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Matt Seib

Mercer women's soccer head coach Tony Economopoulos announced the hiring of Matt Seib as an assistant coach for his program on March 28, 2019.


"We are excited to be adding Matt Seib to our staff," Economopoulos said at the time of Seib's hiring. "Matt has a passion to teach the game, a very strong soccer IQ and has a relentless work ethic. These qualities, along with his recruiting connections in Georgia and the Southeast, make him a great addition to our program, athletics department and institution."


Collegiate Coaching Experience


2019-Present – Mercer University


Assistant Coach


Helped guide the Bears to a single season program record 16 wins


Mercer was one of 16 teams with 16 or more wins on the season


Coached eight players who earned All-SoCon Honors


All-SoCon First Team: Nicole Icen, Abigail Zoeller


All-SoCon Second Team: Ciara Whitely, Megan Delmonico


SoCon All-Freshman Team: Amaya Evans, Nicole Icen, Ciara Whitely


SoCon All-Tournament Team: Elizabeth Hargis, Payton Schurr


Earned a program best RPI ranking of 65


Mentored Abigail Zoeller, who set a single season school record with 11 assists


2016-18 – Georgia College & State University


Women's Assistant Coach


Assisted with training sessions, in-game and post-game analysis, game day and travel operations and recruitment


2015 – Valdosta State University


Graduate Assistant Goalkeepers Coach


Assisted with training the goalkeepers, recruiting, scouting reports and video breakdown.


Collegiate Playing Experience/Accolades


2010-13 - Berry College


Started 50 career games in a Vikings uniform


Two-time All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) selection


Scored two career goals and had four career assists


Twice honored with SAA Academic Honor Roll recognition


Education


Valdosta State University, 2017 (Master of Business Administration)


Berry College, 2014 (Bachelor of Science in Applied Environmental Science)

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Sofia Lekas

Sofia Lekas began her time as a graduate assistant with the Mercer women's soccer program in 2019.


Collegiate Coaching Experience


August 2019-Present – Mercer University


Graduate Assistant


Coaching Accolades at Mercer


2019


Helped lead the Bears to 16 wins. Mercer was one of only 16 teams in the country to reach that mark.


The 16 wins set a program record.


Helped Mercer go 7-2 in SoCon matches


Mentored eight All-SoCon selections


Mentored Jordyn Ebert and Payton Jamieson who recorded nine shutouts


Collegiate Playing Experience/Accolades


2015-18 - Georgia College & State University


Lekas was a four-year varsity soccer player at Georgia College.


Lekas appeared in 72 career games and scored 17 career goals, which ranks fourth all-time in Georgia College history


She scored a career-high 11 goals during her senior season, which is the third-most in single-season history.


Lekas was a three-time Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Selection and a PBC Bronze Scholar.


Over the summers, Lekas served as a summer soccer camp counselor and coach for camps held at Georgia College and Mercer University. While working the camps, she demonstrated and encouraged different activities to camp participants, taught tactics in an assortment of ways, and provided feedback to improve playing techniques and performances.


Education


Georgia College & State University, 2019 (Bachelor of Science in Public Health).

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