Tony Economopoulos was named the sixth head coach in Mercer women’s soccer history on February 22, 2012. In four seasons at Mercer, Economopoulos has led the Bears to a 46-27-12 record, including a 21-8-7 mark in conference play. In Economopoulos’ tenure at Mercer, the women’s soccer team has recorded more wins than any other DI program in the state of Georgia, while recording the best winning percentage in program history.
In 2015, Mercer went 9-8-4 and advanced to the Southern Conference Tournament championship game for the second time in just two years in the conference. The Bears had five players named to SoCon All-Conference teams as Maddie Clark, Maggie Cropp and Katelyn Dimopoulos earned second team honors and Jorden Christensen and Haley McDuffee were named to the All-Freshman team. Additionally, Clark, Cropp and Sarah Daane were named to the SoCon All-Tournament Team.
Mercer also earned its 14th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award and Cropp was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection, just the first player in program history to earn first team honors.
In 2014, Mercer won the SoCon Tournament in its first year in the league and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history. The Bears tallied a 14-6-2 record, winning the most games in a single-season in the program’s 30-year history. Mercer also ended the season with the highest RPI in program history.
Mercer placed four players on the SoCon All-Conference teams, with Maggie Cropp earning First Team honors and Blackman, Daane and Gassie garnering Second Team nods. Blackman, Cropp, Daane and Gassie were also named to the All-Tournament Team and Cropp was selected at the SoCon Tournament MVP.
The Bears finished the season ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Southeast Region poll, the first time in history that Mercer has finished the season in the rankings. Mercer also earned its 13th straight NSCAA Team Academic Award.
In 2013, Economopoulos guided the Bears to a 10-8-3 record and an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship runner-up finish. Washida Blackman and Lauren Gassie were honored as A-Sun All-Conference Second Team selections, while Blackman and Rachel Buffalo were both named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team.
Off the field, Mercer earned an NSCAA Team Academic award for the 2012-13 academic year, and Brianna Stampler earned a spot on the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team.
In 2012, Mercer set a then-program record for most wins in a single season after finishing the year with a 13-5-3 mark. The Bears also advanced to A-Sun Championship title game for the fifth time in six seasons, finishing second in the conference.
YEAR-BY-YEAR AT MERCER
2015 9-8-4 (5-3-1 SoCon) – Southern Conference Tournament Championship Appearance
2014 14-6-2 (6-1-2 SoCon) – Southern Conference Tournament Champions
2013 10-8-3 (4-3-2 A-Sun) – Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Semi-Finals Appearance
2012 13-5-3 (6-2-0 A-Sun) – Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship Appearance
Prior to his arrival at Mercer, Economopoulos spent three years at Georgia Southwestern, where he helped build the Hurricanes into an up-and-coming soccer program. In his tenure at GSW, he was responsible for all facets of the program. His 2010 team set the program record for most conference wins in school history. His final season saw GSW also set a program record for most wins over a three-year span.
His 2011 team at GSW was a recipient of both a Team Academic Award and an Ethics Sportsmanship Silver Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Each were firsts in the program’s history.
The new Mercer appointment is the fifth coaching position Economopoulos has held over an 11-year career in college soccer. Before taking over at Georgia Southwestern, Economopoulos was at Big-12 power, Oklahoma State where he served as a women’s assistant for two seasons (2007-08).
During his time in Stillwater, he was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams and helped earn a program-high No. 7 national ranking in 2008. The Cowgirls picked up their first-ever conference regular season championship in 2008 as he helped mentor and train four All-Big 12 Conference players, including three first teamers. The 2008 team also led the nation in goals per game and was third overall in goals scored (74), while setting a program record with 18 wins.
Before his time at Oklahoma State, Economopoulos was the men’s top assistant coach at Bowling Green State University for four seasons. With the Falcons, he served as recruiting coordinator and was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Great Lakes Regional Chair. In Economopoulos’ first year on staff, Bowling Green made it to Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship game. In 2004, he briefly served as the interim head coach at Bowling Green and helped the Falcons earn recognition as one of the most improved Division I soccer teams in the country.
Economopoulos made his collegiate coaching debut in 2001, as an assistant with the men’s team at Western Illinois University. He served as the goalkeeper coach and the recruiting coordinator, and in 2002 his efforts were rewarded as he was nominated for the AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year Award, after helping coach Western Illinois to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship game.
Tony Economopoulos at a Glance
Oklahoma City University
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, 1997
Western Illinois University
Masters of Science, Sport Management, 2004
2012-Present, Mercer University
2013-Present, Mercer Soccer Camps
Founder & Director
2008-2012 Georgia Southwestern
2007-08 Oklahoma State University
Women’s Assistant Coach
2007-08, Oklahoma Soccer Camps
2003-07, Bowling Green University
Men’s Assistant Coach
Interim Head Coach
2001-03, Western Illinois
Men’s Assistant Coach
2001-03, WIU Soccer School
2002 AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year nominee
USSF National “B” License
USSF National “C” License
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City Slickers
Oklahoma City Warriors
Greek Super League
Olympiakos F.C. (trials)
A.E.K. Athens (trials)