University of Southern Mississippi

Southern Miss Athletics
118 College Drive #5017 Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Division 1 Mississippi Southeast
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Mohammed El-Zare

Mohammed El-Zare was named the head coach of the Southern Miss women's soccer program on December 26, 2012 after a long and distinguished career in the world of college soccer. In his fourth season as head coach, El- Zare lead the the Golden Eagles to its first winning-season since 2003. El-Zare's team finished 8-7-2 and won six of the 10 home games. The Golden Eagles scored 26 goals and only allowed 18 against. Along with the winning record, Brittany Taylor added her name to many Southern Miss All-Time records in saves made, average goals against and shutouts. Taylor who holds the number record with 128 saves in a season now also holds the number 6 spot with 90 saves. Taylor also ties her goals against average with a 1.03 average tying herself with the second best record she also holds from 2014. Along with Taylor's accolades in her senior season, Beth Coleman received C-USA Defensive Player of the Week in the first week of competition. El-Zare's team started 3-0 and started the first six games of the season 5-1. El-Zare's fourth season ties the Golden Eagles record with the most wins in a season since 2007. El-Zare also placed four players on postseason All C-USA teams. Becky McMullan and Katie Richmond were named to C All-Conference USA Third team and Lyndsey Lee and Brittany Taylor were named to the 2016 All-Academic First Team. The first year of the El-Zare Era of Southern Miss soccer was highlighted by team and individual success. The Golden Eagles set new records and produced other performances that ranked among the best in program history en route to one of the better seasons in a decade. Southern Miss finished the 2013 season with a 7-9-4 record, the most wins in a season since an 8-11-0 showing in 2007 and the fewest losses in a season since going 4-9-2 in 2005. All told, the 2013 Golden Eagles either set a record or cracked the top 10 in 18 team categories. Seven wins tied for sixth most victories in a season and the Golden Eagles' four ties set a new school record. The 2013 squad set new marks in saves (138), save percentage (.807), saves per game (6.9), total shots (323), total minutes played (21,092) and goalie minutes played (1,913). Southern Miss' 43 goals were second most in a season behind only the 1997 squad that scored 44. Thirty assists were fourth most in school history and 116 total points were just three off the record of 119 set by the 1999 team. Two Golden Eagles, Danica Roberts and Brittany Taylor, landed on the All-Conference USA Team. Roberts, a senior forward, earned third-team honors while Taylor, a freshman keeper, was named to the All-Freshman squad. It was the first time a Golden Eagle was recognized on the All-Conference team since 2011. Roberts finished 2013 as an offensive star, not just for the team but among conference and national strikers. Her 13 goals were second most in a season in program history. Thirty-one total points in a season was third most all-time and five assists tied for seventh. Roberts led Conference USA in both overall points and goals the year. Despite having played just two seasons in Hattiesburg, Roberts still managed to establish herself in the career record books with 19 career goals (seventh best) and an average of 0.5 goals and 1.13 points per game (both second best in school history). Taylor set new single-season marks in a number of goalie-specific categories -- 128 saves broke the record of 107 set by Hannah Vanderboegh in 2011 while an average of 7.1 saves per game bested the single-season mark of 6.69 set by Leslie Schoeplein in 2002. Roberts and Taylor weren't the only Golden Eagles to make their mark during the 2013 season. Junior Brooke Hendrix put up seven assists, which was the fourth most in school history. Casey Adkins, a junior defender, earned First Team Conference USA All-Academic and tied the mark for most starts in a season (20). Senior Chelsea Cruthirds registered the program's 14th all-time hat trick. In year two, El-Zare continued to build. Despite a 5-11-3 overall record, he continued to see improvement in the Golden Eagles. Senior Casey Adkins was dubbed All-Conference USA (Third Team), while Adkins and sophomore Brittany Taylor both earned First Team C-USA All-Academic honors. As a team, the 2014 squad was recognized for its work in the classroom as the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) announced the Golden Eagles as one of its annual Team Academic Award winners. In addition, soccer saw 22 student-athletes tally a 3.0 grade point average or higher to be named on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. The 22 student-athletes recognized was the second most for Southern Miss on the year behind football (27) and the most among female sports. Seven of the student-athletes recorded a GPA of 3.75 or better to earn C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medals. Prior to Southern Miss, El-Zare came to Hattiesburg after a long and distinguished career in the soccer coaching profession, having led the Mobile Soccer Club as its Director of Coaching since 2007. During that span, El-Zare also assisted on the coaching staffs at the University of Mobile on the men's side and the women's side at the University of South Alabama (2002-11). In 2011 with Mobile, El-Zare helped lead the team to the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference Championship while coaching six SSAC All-Conference members and five NAIA All-Americans. While at South Alabama, the squad advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in seven consecutive seasons and finished as the 2005 runner up. Prior to his move to Alabama, El-Zare was an assistant on the women's side for two years at FIU. While in Miami, he was also the Director of Coach and Player Development for the Cape Coral Soccer Club (1999-02). Additional collegiate coaching experience for El-Zare included a four-year run at Saint Thomas University where he served as the assistant men and women's coach during the 1995 season before taking over the women's program from 1996-98. El-Zare's club experience includes time working with the Olympic Development Program of the Alabama Youth Soccer Association since 2002 and the Florida variant of the program prior to that. Professionally, El-Zare was a coach for the Women's United Soccer Association and spent time as a player with the Florida Stars of the USISL out of Miami and the Al-Kuroom Vineyard F.C. in Alexandria, Egypt. El-Zare earned his degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education from Lincoln Memorial University in 1992 while also performing as a scholarship student-athlete. He holds a USSF `A' license, an NSCAA Premier diploma, a USSF National Youth License, a KNVB-Dutch Soccer Association Advanced license, a TOPS Soccer license, and an AYSO Intermediate license.

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Megan Snelling

Southern Miss Head Women's Soccer Coach Mohammed El-Zare announced Monday afternoon the hiring of Megan Snelling as the new Assistant Coach for the Southern Miss women's soccer team.


Snelling comes to Southern Miss after two seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Along with her two seasons with the Warhawks, Snelling holds six years of coaching and administrative experience at the Division I and II levels.


Prior to ULM, Snelling served as the women's soccer assistant coach at Converse College and was the head coach of the reserve squad. While at Converse, Snelling handled all administrative duties for two teams, which totaled 47 players including travel, equipment, social media, recruiting, and fundraising.


"We're very excited to have Megan join our program," El-Zare said. "Her core values and characteristics are in line with our University's mission statement and also align with the vision of our soccer program. Megan will help our program improve in the right direction and I'm excited to see where this program will go with her on the team. She's an upcoming coach with a bright future."


Before her time at Converse, Snelling coached at Barbe High School and Calcasieu soccer club in Lake Charles, La. While at Barbe, the Lady Bucs consistently ranked in the top 20. Snelling has also spent her summers coaching for Texas A&M, Rice and McNeese State collegiate summer camps.


Snelling has multiple coaching diplomas and certificates including, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and an USSF National License. Among these accomplishments, Snelling was named to the 2017-18 United Soccer Coaches, 30 under 30 program, which includes 30 of the most promising soccer coaches in America from all levels of competition. This program recognizes up and coming coaches while enhancing their knowledge of soccer and developing coaching methods.


Snelling played for FIU her freshman year and helped the Panthers become the 2009 Sun Belt regular season champions. She then moved to McNeese State where was awarded All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention as a defender. Snelling record the most minutes for McNeese in 2012 where she primarily played as a defender and a back-up goalkeeper if needed.


During offseasons, Snelling played in the Women's Soccer Professional League for Houston South Select and served as the team captain for the U23 Louisiana State Team at the USASA National Championships.


Prior to her collegiate experience, Snelling played for Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, Texas and won multiple Texas State championships while also playing for the South Texas ODP team.


Snelling earned her Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance and then her Master's in Exercise Physiology, both with honors at McNeese. Snelling maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning a Masters and working as a graduate assistant for the Athletic Director and Faculty Athletic Rep. In undergrad, she was the President of SAAC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes..

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Dylan Burnett

Dylan Burnett joined the Southern Miss Women's Soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant in July 2017 before being named an assistant coach in July 2018.


In his first season with Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles finished with an overall 6-9-3 record. Burnett's responsibilities included assisting and preparing pregame warmups, set up the field for practices and games, conducted individual one-on-one training, and helped the Golden Eagles earn a program-best three All-Conference selections including Ola Akinniyi who earned a First Team All-Conference award, the first once since 2007.


Off the field, Burnett helps recruiting by traveling to showcases and evaluates game footage through recruiting websites. Burnett has also been tasked to set up and arrange official visits for prospective Southern Miss student-athletes.


His first season also allowed him to maintain compliance regulations, manage travel arrangements, and arrange game day uniform distributions. While working closely with the other Athletic Departments, Burnett stayed in contact with the conference through the video sharing website.


Prior to Southern Miss, Burnett served as the Director of Coaching at the Arlington Futbol Club in Arlington, Tenn., for more than one year. During his time in Tennessee, the club was ranked at No. 7 in the state and the U-18 team was the 2017 CSA Adidas Blues City Blowout Champions. Burnett taught individual lessons including skills, games tactics and leadership strategies.


As the director, Burnett focused on creating a productive and positive environment for student-athletes while also scheduling game, practice and tournament schedules.


Burnett serves as the Boys and Girls Head Soccer Coach at Munford High School in Tennessee from 2015-17 prior to his AFC position. In those two years, his teams earned the NSCAA Team Academic award, which was one of 48 schools and one of three Tennessee schools to earn the award for both boys and girls. Burnett's coaching efforts were awarded when he coached the first player in district history to the Division 1 All-State team.


Not only did his players earn recognition in Max Preps TN Players of the Week and Memphis Area Division awards, but Burnett was also recognized as the District Coach of the year in both seasons.


His off field efforts also produced more than $10,000 in fundraising efforts and successfully negotiated the construction of a new soccer facility.


From 2013-2014, Burnett earned University experience as a volunteer student assistant strength and conditioning coach at Lincoln Memorial University and interned with the Mississippi State University football strength and conditioning team.


Burnett's athletic talents showed on the field as well when we played for the Mississippi State football team as a kicker in 2010. After a torn hip flexor, Burnett was sidelined but transferred to Lincoln Memorial to play soccer at the Division II level. While at LMU, the Railsplitters competed in the South Atlantic Conference playoffs, including the semifinals in 2011 and 2013. The squad made it to conference championship in 2012 and posted a top-6 regional ranking.


Burnett graduated in 2014 from LMU with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Kinesiology with minors in Health and Strength and Conditioning. Burnett also holds his Tennessee Practitioner Teaching license, a NSCAA National Diploma, USSF E License, NSCAA Level 1 Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping 2 diploma, and a NSCAA Futsal Level 1 diploma.

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