North Carolina State University

NC State Univ M Soccer - Weisiger Brown Bldg
2500 Warren Carroll Dr - Campus Box 8502 Raleigh, NC 27659
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Public Very Large National competitor


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George Kiefer

NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow has set a new foundation for the Wolfpack men's soccer program, announcing George Kiefer as new head coach in November 2016.

"George has had considerable success on every level, building a perennial power at USF, while winning national championships as a player and as an assistant coach," said Yow. "NC State has hired one of the best respected college soccer coaches in the nation. I would like to thank Senior Associate Athletic Director Raymond Harrison and the search committee for their diligent work. We welcome George, his wife Lauren, and their children, Kendall, Jack and Max to the Wolfpack Family."

Kiefer's background includes serving as an assistant on two national championship squads, while also winning two national titles as a player.

In his first season (2017) at the helm of the NC State program, Kiefer led the Wolfpack to an 8-6-4 mark, two wins over top-five opponents, and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

He just completed his 15th season at the helm of the University of South Florida (USF) men's soccer program, earning his 10th NCAA Tournament berth, while leading the Bulls to the American Athletic Conference league crown. USF qualified for the postseason in nine of his final 10 seasons.

The Bay Shore, N.Y., native posted a 162-86-51 record while in charge of the Bulls and earned NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2015 and 2005. Kiefer helped lead USF past the first round of the NCAA Tournament on six occasions, twice making it to the competition's quarterfinal (Elite Eight) round.

During his 15 seasons in Tampa, Kiefer led the Bulls to an impressive 104-27-23 record in home matches and at one point guided his squad to the nation's longest home unbeaten streak, a stretch of 30 matches. Under Kiefer, USF faced 66 ranked opponents, registering a 29-26-11 record against some of the nation's top teams.

Helping USF become one of the top programs in the nation, Kiefer led his teams to a pair of BIG EAST division titles in 2005 and 2011, a BIG EAST Tournament title in 2008, and an American Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2013.

"I first would like to personally thank Debbie Yow for trusting me to be the next men's soccer coach at NC State'" said Kiefer. "I really enjoyed the process with Raymond Harrison learning about the inner workings of NC State both academically and athletically.

"As a coach you always have people who impact your career and I would like to thank Coach Ray Reid for instilling in me at a young age a drive to relentlessly pursue helping players become the best they can be. I have been very fortunate over the past 15 years to coach a diverse population of student-athletes at USF and each and every one of them has played a role in the opportunity opening up for me. I look forward to the journey with the new group of players at NC State and the added excitement of ACC soccer."

Under Kiefer's leadership, multiple former USF players moved on to the professional ranks. The Bulls had 20 players selected in the MLS Draft, including recent first-round picks Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC – 2011) and Ben Sweat (Columbus Crew – 2014).

Prior to his time in Tampa, Kiefer was an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut (1997-2002) and Southern Connecticut State University (1995-96). During his time at UConn, the Huskies qualified for four NCAA Tournaments, two College Cups, and were national champions during the 2000 season.

Kiefer played professionally for the Connecticut Wolves (USISL) from 1994-95 and played collegiate soccer for SCSU from 1990-93, helping lead the Owls to two NCAA national championships and four straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championships. He earned his bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications in 1994 and his master's in Physical Education in 1997, both from SCSU.

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Jeff Negalha

Joined the Wolfpack in December 2016.

A 2011 National Assistant Coach of the Year while at UNC-Chapel Hill, Negalha joins the Wolfpack from Boston College, where he spent the 2016 season helping the Eagles advance to the semifinal of the ACC Tournament and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to working with Boston College, Negalha was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh and the head coach and head scout with MLS club Orlando City SC's Development Academy team. While in Orlando, his team was awarded the Style of Play and Most Improved Club awards.

"It's great to be back working with Jeff," Kiefer said. "He was my first hire at South Florida and helped me get that program moving in the right direction. And now, when you look at his pedigree, with the coaches he's worked with, the experience he has earned in the ACC, and his connections to the state of North Carolina, all of those things make him a perfect fit to be on the staff. I'm really glad to have him as my associate head coach."

In his first season (2017) with NC State, Negalha helped lead the Wolfpack to an 8-6-4 mark, two wins over top-five opponents, and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. Negalha has played a large role in NC State's last two strong recruiting classes. The 2018 group was ranked 13th in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer and the 2017 class was ranked ninth.

Negalha spent nine seasons as the top assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to his 2011 National Assistant Coach of the Year honor, he helped the Tar Heels to a national championship in 2011 after three consecutive College Cup appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010. UNC-CH qualified for eight NCAA Tournaments in nine seasons with Negalha on staff, won four ACC regular season championships and one ACC Tournament, and appeared in three ACC Tournament championship games. Negalha played an important role in significant recruiting success in Chapel Hill, helping secure eight consecutive classes ranked within the national top 11, including the nation's No. 1 class in 2011.

During his time working in Chapel Hill, Negalha also served as a head coach in the Capital Area Soccer League (2011-14) and the Triangle United Soccer Association (2005-11). He was the top assistant under Kiefer at USF from 2003-05 and was the top assistant at USC Upstate from 1999-2003.

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Kyle Nicholls

Joined the Wolfpack in December 2016.

During the 2017 season, Nicholls assisted head coach George Kiefer in leading the Wolfpack to an 8-6-4 record, two victories over top-five opponents, and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 2009.

Nicholls spent time at USF as both a player and a staff member under Kiefer. He rejoined the program as the director of soccer operations in advance of the 2016 season after assisting Tyler Junior College to a national championship in 2014.

"With Kyle, I'm excited to bring someone from my USF staff who understands how we like to operate and will keep some continuity with how we approach things. I'm excited to get him on the field with the players because I think that's one of his biggest strengths. I'm really looking forward to getting him on board in this role with our program."

A midfielder from Kings Lynn, England, Nicholls was a player on the 2009 and 2010 NJCAA national championship teams at Tyler that compiled a two-year record of 41-0-1. During his two years playing at Tyler, he earned spots on the NJCAA Region XIV All-Conference Team and the NJCAA National Tournament Team. Nicholls then played his final two seasons (2011 and 2012) at USF, helping lead the team to a BIG EAST divisional title and an NCAA Championships Elite Eight appearance during the 2011 season and an NCAA Championships second round appearance in 2012.

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Brad Williams

Brad Williams joined head coach George Kiefer's staff ahead of the 2022 campaign. He came to the Wolfpack after having spent the 2021 campaign as head coach at Beloit. He works primarily as the team’s goalkeepers coach.

Williams brought with him over 10 years of coaching experience in both the collegiate and club ranks. A former goalkeeper for Saint Francis, Williams set multiple program records during his own collegiate career before moving on to play International with Team Bath F.C. and domestically in the United Soccer League.

In 2009, Williams entered the coaching ranks as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at California State University, Chico before transitioning to a similar role at California State University, Bakerfield the following year. He also served coaching stints at Napa Valley (head women’s coach), Feather River (assistant men’s and women’s coach) and Southwestern Oregon CC (head men’s coach/recruiting specialist). Williams also has experience coaching for some of the nation’s premier clubs and served as an associate staff instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/United Soccer Coaches.

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Saint Francis and his master’s in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.

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