Methodist University

Methodist University Athletics
5400 Ramsey St Fayetteville, NC 28311
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Justin Terranova

Hired prior to the 2002 season by Methodist, Terranova has directed his alma mater to 10 or more victories 14 different times. Overall, he has a record of 189-117-24 and has coached 97 Monarchs to All-Conference laurels.

In 2018, Methodist finished with a 7-9-2 overall record and a 4-6-2 conference mark. Terranova coached one player to all-conference honors while another player was named to the All-State team as voted on by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

In 2017, MU finished with a 12-6-1 record, including an 8-3 mark in league play. That season saw the Monarchs reel off separate win streaks of four and six games and a trio of players earned all-conference accolades, including Zvi Ferrari who was named Rookie of the Year and a first team selection. Ferrari was also named as an all-region performer by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA).

The Monarchs ended the 2016 season after advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the fourth time in five years. MU was propelled into the league tournament after claiming five-straight shutout victories. In the postseason, six players achieved all-conference status

In 2015, the Monarchs (14-5-3, 8-0-2 USA South) earned their eighth trip to the NCAA Championships by capturing the USA South Conference Tournament title and its accompanying automatic bid with a 2-1 win over Greensboro. Including the victory against the Pride, MU won 11-straight games on its way to the national tournament. Six players claimed all-conference honors with four student-athletes garnering first team accolades. Eirik Nordseth also became the ninth All-American in program history with a third team nod from the NSCAA.

In 2014, MU finished with a 13-3-1 overall record and an 8-2 mark in conference play advancing to the quarterfinals of the USA South Tournament. Seven players earned all-conference accolades, including Rookie of the Year Alex Rabone. Eirik Nordseth was also an NSCAA All-Region selection.

In 2013, the Monarchs ended with an 11-7-2 record (7-1-1 USA South), and earned the program’s first regular-season conference title in the USA South. During the fall, Terranova became the program’s all-time winningest coach as Methodist defeated Maryville, 1-0, on Oct. 13. The victory marked his 130th coaching victory at the school, and broke a tie with Methodist Athletic Hall of Fame member, Alan Dawson. In the postseason, Methodist reached the USA South Tournament finale for the second time in as many years.

During the 2012 season, the Monarchs claimed the conference tournament championship by defeating Greensboro College, 1-0, to earn the USA South Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The team’s final record of 15-3-3 (5-1-2 USA South) marked its highest single-season winning percentage since 1996.

In addition to him coaching 97 all-conference selections, Terranova has coached another 10 players who were selected for the United Soccer Coaches/National Soccer Coaches of America Association’s NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region teams. Included in these achievements is Eirik Nordseth who was named all-region on two occasions to go along with four First Team All-USA South selections. Nordseth was named conference tournament MVP on two occasions, while earning USA South Rookie of the Year laurels in 2011. Along with those accolades, Eric McGinnis won conference player of the year in 2013. Alex Rabone was also named USA South Rookie of the Year in 2014.

Terranova returned to Methodist in May 2002 following four years at NCAA Division I Old Dominion University from 1998-2001. While working in Norfolk, Va., he served as an assistant for his mentor and former Methodist coach, Alan Dawson. In addition to his work in ODU’s program, Terranova also helped to expand the Chesapeake United Soccer Club. He served as the program’s Director of Coaching from 1999-2002.

Terranova started in goal for MU from 1992-1995, and was a co-captain on the school’s 1995 NCAA Division III National Runner-Up team. In all, the program claimed four Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles as well as four NCAA Tournament bids during his time as goalkeeper. Terranova earned All-DIAC recognition during each of his four years, including first-team selections in 1992, 1993 and 1995. He holds the school records for career goals-against average (0.67 GAA) and shutouts (37) and single-season goals-against average (0.40 GAA in 1992). Additionally, he is tied with Lance Watkins for the program’s single-season shutout mark with 11 clean sheets in 1992.

Following his intercollegiate career, Terranova was a member of the 1996 Connecticut Wolves of the A-League.

Terranova graduated from Methodist in Dec. 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in physical education.

Before arriving on campus in Fayetteville, N.C., in the fall of 1992, Terranova played four seasons at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Conn., and was a co-captain on Ridgefield’s 1992 team. His high school coach, Alcino Diniz, would later earn induction into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005. Terranova holds a Premier Diploma and Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA as well as a National Youth Diploma and ‘A’ License from the USSF. He is also active in the surrounding community as he directs the Liberty Point Soccer Club in Fayetteville. In recent years, Terranova has served on the staffs of summer camps at the University of South Florida and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in addition to USYSA Region III ODP.

Terranova married Jeannette Cox on May 5, 2001, in Norfolk, Va. She is also a graduate of Methodist, and was a cheerleader at the school. Jeannette captained the 1998 Methodist cheer team that finished third at that year’s National Cheerleaders Association National Championship. They are proud parents of Samuel Pierce, born on March 28, 2004, and Olivia Kay, born April 15, 2008.

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