Gary Warford is in his second season as the head coach of the UPIKE men’s soccer program.
He wasted no time logging his first Mid-South Conference win as his Bears topped Georgetown 1-0 on the road in the first conference game of the 2016 season. The win was UPIKE fourth in MSC play since 2013.
Warford, who also coaches the UPIKE women, is the winningest coach in that program’s history with 37 wins dating back to the start of soccer at Pikeville in 2005. Warford began coaching the women’s team prior to the 2011 season.
As an undergrad, Warford played club soccer at Eastern Kentucky University for two seasons before the Colonels offered men’s soccer as a varsity program. In addition to his career at EKU, Warford competed around the world while serving in the Navy.
Warford has been on staff with the University of Kentucky women’s soccer program for its high school team camps and coached alongside staff from various levels, including NCAA Div. I, II, III and NAIA.
Warford holds USSF Youth Module, National D and E licenses from the United States Soccer Federation, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeper Certification Level I and II and is CPR/First-Aid Certified.