Mercer University

Mercer Athletics
1400 Coleman Ave Macon, GA 31207
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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

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