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Mercer University

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

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Brad Ruzzo

Hired at Mercer: June 24, 2008


Ruzzo at a Glance:


Coached Trevor Martineau to being named SoCon Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, becoming the first freshman since 1977 to win SoCon Player of the Year


Coached Will Bagrou to the 2017 & 2018 SoCon Male Athlete of the Year


Guided Bagrou to the 2018 MLS Combine as well as being selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft


2018 and 2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year


2014 College Sports Madness SoCon Coach of the Year


2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year


Two-time MVC Coaching Staff of the Year (2006, 2007)


2003 College Soccer News – One of the nation’s top assistants


USSF “A” License


Collegiate Coaching Experience:


2008-Present – Mercer University


Head Coach


2000-07 – Bradley University


Associate Head Coach


1999-00 – Xavier University


Assistant Coach


Coaching Accolades at Mercer:


115-97-26 overall record (.538 %)


40-19-4 in SoCon regular season play


7-2-4 in SoCon Tournament play


106-75-19 overall record since 2010 (.575 win %)


Highest winning percentage in program history among coaches who have coached 20-or-more matches


Winningest Coach in Mercer history with 115 wins. He passed Tom Melville (107 wins) for the most wins on Oct. 1, 2019 with a 2-1 victory over Winthrop.


2019, 2017 & 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance


2019, 2017 & 2016 SoCon Tournament Championship


2018 & 2014 SoCon Regular Season Championship


Five SoCon titles in just six years in the league


2018 & 2014 SoCon Coach of the Year (including 2014 College Sports Madness Coach of the Year)


2012 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year


Six conference championship appearances (ASUN: 2009, 2012; SoCon: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)


Mercer ranks No. 30 out of all NCAA Division I institutions based on wins since 2010


Mercer ranks No. 12 out of all private NCAA Division I institutions based on wins since 2010


In 2018, guided Mercer to an 8-0 true-road record, leading the NCAA in true road wins


Set program-record of 14 wins en route to winning 2014 SoCon regular season championship in Mercer’s first season in the league


Tied the program record with 14 wins en route to winning the 2019 SoCon tournament championship


Received votes by NSCAA for National Ranking in 2014, 2016 and 2018


Mentored 69 All-Conference players (27 All-Conference First Team selections), 13 NSCAA/USC All-Region selections & one NSCAA All-American


Earned 11 consecutive NSCAA/USC Team Academic awards and still counting


Coached Jake Mezei, JR DeRose and George Iakovidis to claiming the SoCon Pinnacle Award


Two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, three Atlantic Sun Scholar Athletes of the Year, seven NSCAA All-Region Scholar Athlete selections


Ashani Samuels named to 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team


Will Betts named to 2012 Capital One Academic All-America First Team


Guided 2016 NSCAA All-American, SoCon Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist Will Bagrou


Bagrou was also named a 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate


Bagrou finished with 37 career goals, 16 assists and 90 points.


Bagrou is a four-time All-SoCon First Team selection & former SoCon Freshman of the Year and SoCon Player of the Year


Mentored Jeremy Booth in claiming two SoCon Tournament MVP Awards, a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week and a goals against average of 0.98 which ranks first in program history.


Coached JR DeRose to the 2019 Southern Conference Tournament MVP honors.


Mentored 2014 SoCon Goalkeeper of the Year and current Orland City SC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh


Guided 2012 A-Sun Defender of the Year Josh Shutter


Other Coaching Experience:


2008-Present – Mercer Boys Soccer Academy


Founder & Director


2011-13 – Olympic Development Program


Georgia state head coach


2010 – Olympic Development Program


Region III Staff Member


2000-07 – Central Illinois Soccer Academy


Co-Director


Past Coaching Accolades:


Bradley University


Named one of the “Top Division I Assistant Coaches” by College Soccer News (2003)


The Braves posted an overall record of 101-53-23 (.636) during Ruzzo’s tenure


2007 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 appearance


Four NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007)


2007 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament Championship


Three consecutive MVC Regular Season Championships (2005, 2006, 2007)


Two consecutive MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors (2006, 2007)


Ranked as highly as No. 8 in the national Top 25 poll (2007)


Ascended to No. 1 in the NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings (2007)


Helped program to eight of its 10 winningest seasons all-time


Set program record for single-season wins (16) in 2007


Mentored six All-Americans, five MLS players, six MLS Super Draft selections, three A-League players, 38 All-MVC selections, one MVC Player of the Year, two MVC Defensive Players of the Year & two MVC Freshmen of the Year


Guided four Academic All-Americans, 11 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA District V & NSCAA All-Region scholar-athletes & 26 MVC scholar-athletes


Helped seal two Top 15 recruiting classes by College Soccer News (2001, 2002)


Served as the Chair of the NSCAA Midwest All-Region/All-America selections committee


Xavier University


Served as staff’s No. 1 assistant


Assisted in the growth of three Holland Amateur League & United States A-League players


Was responsible for developing & scheduling training sessions in conjunction with head coach; maintained off-season training & conditioning program


Was involved with recruiting, scouting, planning of team travel, budgeting, academic monitoring, among other administrative duties


Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA)


Responsible for development and training of advanced players ages 17-23


Oversaw 10 tournament championships with an overall 102-45-30 record


Program was designed to meet the needs of advanced senior-aged players, allowing them to continue training, developing and competing in a highly competitive, collegiate atmosphere


Mercer Bears in the Pros:


Active Players:


Greg Ranjitsingh – Louisville City FC (USFL)


Conner Antley – Tormenta FC (USL League One)


Former Professional Players:


Carl-Oscar Andersson – New York Cosmos (NASL), Falkenbergs FF (SPDA)


National Team Participation:


Ian Cameron – U-16, U-17, U-18 Scotland National Team


Richie Edmonson – U-20 Jamaican National Team


Arkenson Neckles – Grenada Men’s National Team


Ashani Samuels – U-20 Jamaican National Team


Ehjayson Henry – U-20 Saint Kitts National Team


Greg Ranjitsingh – Senior & U-20 Trinidad & Tobago National Team


Coaching Certifications & Memberships:


United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “A” License


National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Member


U.S. Soccer Member


Education:


University of Cincinnati, 1999 (B.A., Economics)


Collegiate Playing Experience:


1995-98 – University of Cincinnati


Started 77 career matches


1998 All-Conference USA Second Team selection


1998 Team Captain


1998 NCAA Tournament appearance (first in program history)


1997 Team MVP

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Tony Falvino

Mercer Men's Soccer Head Coach Brad Ruzzo announced the hiring of Tony Falvino as the men's soccer assistant coach on July 15, 2021.


"I am excited to bring Tony on board with our program," remarked Ruzzo. "Tony has great energy, work ethic, and the coaching acumen to help elevate our program to new level. I have wanted to bring Tony on staff for a while and this was the perfect time to make him a Bear. He has been successful everywhere he has been and he will help progress our program forward. Tony is a great human being and will be a great mentor to our young men and we welcome his wife Amanda and daughter, Mia to Macon, Ga."


Falvino joins the Bears staff after spending the last six as the head coach at Greensboro College. Since taking over for the Pride, Falvino has compiled an overall record of 75-29-4 and a conference record of 49-10-3. He advanced to the conference semifinals or finals each season. He has claimed two USA South Regular Season Titles (2015 and 2018) as was named the USA South Coach of the Year in 2015.


"First, I would like to thank Coach Ruzzo for the opportunity to be a part of the Mercer University men's soccer program," Falvino said. "I am excited to get to work with him and the rest of the men's soccer staff. I look forward to contributing to the team's success. I would also like to thank everyone that has welcomed me and my family to the Bears community."


During his time at Greensboro College, Falvino has coached 28 USA South All-Conference Selections, six USA South All-Tournament Selections, two USA South Rookie of the Year selections, two USA South Player of the Year selections, one All-Region, and one All-American.


During a shortened 2020 season, Falvino and the Pride went 7-3 and claimed the USA South East Division after a 1-0 victory over William Peace.


Prior to Greensboro College, Falvino was an assistant coach at Davidson College since the 2012 season. Before joining the Wildcats staff, Falvino worked at Francis Marion University, Wingate University, and High Point University.


Falvino graduated from Greensboro College in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sports Studies before receiving his Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Wingate University in 2010.


During his four years as a member of the Pride men's soccer team, Falvino earned All-Region honors while being named the USA South Athletic Conference Rookie of The Year in 2002 and the Conference Player of The Year in 2005. Falvino was also named a member of the USA South Athletic Conference Men's Soccer 50th Anniversary Team in 2013.

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Roberto Arteaga

Hired at Mercer: 2020


Leadership Experience:


Mercer Camps


Worked with kids of all ages


Utilized leadership skills to coach various skill sets and drills for the campers


Playing Experience:


Mercer University – 2016-19


Team captain during 2019 season


Started in 52 of his 65 games for the Bears


Accumulated 36 points on 10 goals and 16 assists


Named to the All-Southern Conference First Team in 2018


Earned Southern Conference All-Freshman Team honors in 2016


Landed on the Fall Academic All-Southern Conference Team three times


Led the Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2016, 2017, 2019)


Achievements:


Two-time NSCCA Academic All-Region selection


Three-time Academic All-SoCon selection


Three-time All-SoCon selection


Education:


Mercer University, 2020 (Bachelor of Marketing)

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