Pearl River Community College

Mississippi University for Women's Soccer
1100 College St, Columbus, MS 39701 Poplarville, MS 39470
NJCAA Mississippi Southeast
Public Small Competitive team


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Drew Gallant

The 2020-21 season will mark Drew Gallant's fifth year leading his alma mater.

The Hattiesburg native is a 2001 graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete competing in football, soccer, golf, tennis and track. He was an All-Division and All-State performer in football and soccer.

After high school, Gallant spent one season at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where he led the men’s soccer team in assists and was second in total points.

After a year away from college, Gallant attended PRCC in 2003-04 where he was an NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention after scoring 27 goals and registering 24 assists; both marks were not only the second-highest totals in the nation but are school records. He was named to the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

He then played two seasons at William Carey College, during which time the Crusaders were ranked in the nation’s Top 25 in NAIA. He earned a BS in social science in 2007 and his Master’s degree in sports administration in 2015, both from Carey.

Gallant’s coaching career began while he was still a student at Carey in 2006, serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Jones County Junior College. He was at JCJC for two seasons, then took over in 2008 as head soccer coach, both boys and girls, at FCAHS. He also served as an assistant football coach for the Aggies.

He served at FCAHS for three seasons before taking over as men’s and women’s soccer coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College, a position he held for five seasons before coming to Pearl River.

Gallant had a triumphant return to The River and in 2017 claimed the school's sixth MACJC State Championship. At the conclusion of the season, Gallant was named Coach of the Year by the MACJC, NJCAA Region XXIII and Mississippi Association of Coaches.

The Wildcats saw continued success under Gallant in his second season where the team posted an 11-4 record and advanced to the MACJC tournament.

Pearl River also claimed consecutive MACJC South Division titles in 2018 and '19.

Gallant is married to the former Katelyn Doyle of Pearl River and has two sons, Landon and Bryce. The couple also has a daughter, Kate Austin.

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Diego Figueroa

Pearl River's men's soccer program added international flair to its coaching staff with the hire of Diego Figueroa prior to the 2020 season.

"Diego came highly recommended from multiple Division 1 coaches. He has an extensive background in club coaching and has coached some of the best players in Tennessee," Pearl River men's soccer coach Drew Gallant said. "One of his main jobs at Tennessee Soccer Club was placing players at four-year schools. He has many connections around the country and these connections will be a great asset to help us in our goal of continuing to move players on to the next level."

Gallant said the Lima, Peru, native will focus his efforts on player development, recruiting and acting as a liaison with four-year programs.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at such an established program, like the one at Pearl River Community College," Figueroa said. "It will be an absolute privilege to coach alongside Coach Drew Gallant. With many years of success and collegiate coaching experience, I am sure I will grow a tremendous amount as a coach and person under his wing."


Figueroa joins PRCC's staff after spending 2019-20 as the Tennessee Soccer Club's Assistant Director for Under-15 and U-19 boys and girls squads.

Prior to that, Figueroa was the Nashville FC Youth Technical Director from 2017-2019, the Aris FC Director of Player Development from 2014-17 and the Belmont University Strength and Conditioning Intern in 2013-14.


Figueroa also owns an extensive playing experience.

During three seasons at Pensacola Catholic, Figueroa scored 80 goals and registered 60 assists to earn first team all-area honors and lead Catholic to three District Championships. He spent his senior season at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, before signing at Belmont University. With the Bruins, Figueroa rose to captain status.

Figueroa is still scattered throughout Belmont's record book, including fifth in matches played (70). Figueroa was also an Academic All-Conference selection in 2010 and 2013.

After his college career concluded, Figueroa went on to play for the Gulf Coast Texans in 2012, Pensacola City FC in 2013 and Nashville United 2015-19. All three teams compete in the National Premier Soccer League.

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