University of SC - Aiken

USC Aiken Pacers Athletics
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Hilary George

Hilary George finished her fourth year as the head women’s soccer coach at USC Aiken.


George guided the Pacers to their first PBC Tournament berth since the 2014 campaign. She led the team to league wins over Georgia Southwestern and Clayton State while coaching PBC all-tournament team selection Brye Epley.


In 2016, she led a young team to four wins, including a pair of shutouts to start the season. The 8-0 win at Francis Marion marked the largest win for the program since Oct. 25, 2010.


During her first season with the Pacers, she guided the squad to a school-record tying four wins in Peach Belt Conference play. Her first career win came in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Young Harris on Sept. 23. The squad tied Division I South Carolina State and won three-of four matches during one stretch, including a 2-0 shutout of Clayton State.


“I am excited to have Coach Hilary George join the USC Aiken family,” Warrick said. “She is a hardworking coach who brings a strong tradition of success with her. I am looking forward to her continuing to move our women’s soccer program forward.”


“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity,” George stated. “I’m looking forward on building upon the successes that USC Aiken has had last year. I love the fact the team is tenacious and they never give up, which is something you can’t coach or teach.


“I’m excited about this because it’s my first official head coaching job, but I believe my past experiences at USC Beaufort and Armstrong State have prepared me to come back to the Peach Belt Conference as a head coach.”


George came to USC Aiken after spending the previous two-and-a-half seasons as the assistant head coach at USC Beaufort.


As part of the Sand Sharks’ staff, George was instrumental in designing and implementing training sessions. She also assisted in overall organization and management of the team. George helped coordinate practices, was a major factor in recruiting and assisted with fundraising activities. At USC Beaufort, she coached several all-conference selections.


Last year George was also a goalkeeper coach for the South Carolina Olympic Development Program. She evaluated all goalkeepers and designed goalkeeping sessions for youth from the ages of 12-18.


Prior to her arrival at USC Beaufort, George was an assistant coach at Armstrong State for six seasons. She helped guide the Pirates to a 91-25-13 mark during her tenure and was part of the 2011 Final Four team. George helped the squad to a pair of Peach Belt Conference regular-season championships, two PBC tournament championships and three PBC regular-season second-place efforts.


With the Pirates, George was part of four NSCAA nationally-ranked teams. She also coached several All-Americans, academic All-Americans, all-region and all-conference performers.


George graduated from Gardner-Webb in 2004 with a degree in communications. Two years later, she earned her M.A. in sport science and pedagogy from GWU.


During her time as an undergraduate, George was a first-team All-America selection by the NCCAA. She was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs.


George currently holds her NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, USSF National C coaching certification and holds the certified strength and conditioning specialist certification.

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Hank Deer

Hank Deer is returning for his seventh season as an assistant coach with the USC Aiken women’s soccer program.


Deer originally joined the USC Aiken women’s soccer program after coaching the North Augusta girls varsity soccer program from 2005-08.


Deer guided North Augusta to new heights during his four seasons with the program. He led North Augusta to a 44-30 record overall in his four years in charge, collecting a winning season in each of his four seasons at the helm.


Deer guided North Augusta to its first ever winning season in his first season in charge in 2005.


From that point forward, North Augusta continued to become even more formidable and people began to take notice. The Augusta Chronicle took notice of his work by naming him the 2007 South Carolina Girls Coach of the Year.


In 2008, he helmed a North Augusta squad that was region 4-AAAA runner-up. For his work with his 2008 team, Deer was selected the region 4-AAAA girls Coach of the Year.


Deer has been working in the school systems in the state of South Carolina since 1989. In addition to coaching soccer, he has also coached football and track.


In fact, in 2001 when Deer was the head varsity track coach at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, S.C. he was chosen as the Aiken Standard Track Coach of the Year.


Deer has coached football at North Augusta (2003-2008), Silver Bluff (2000-2003), Ridge Spring-Monetta (1999-2000 and 1994-97), McCormick (1997-1999) and Midland Valley (1992-94). He has been a part of two state championships, serving as the defensive backs coach on Silver Bluff’s state title teams in 2000 and 2001.


Deer rejoins the USC Aiken staff after having been the first Head Women’s Soccer Coach at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC. In its inaugural season, 2014, the program finished with a 14-8 record and an Elite Eight appearance in the SCHSL AAA playoffs, having defeated a #2 and a #1 seed on the road.


In Deer’s second season, River Bluff was moved to class AAAA, South Carolina’s largest classification. The program didn’t miss a beat as Deer guided the Lady Gators to a region 5-AAAA runner up finish, a #2 seed, and yet another Elite Eight appearance after having defeating a #1 seed on the road in the second round of the SCHSL playoffs. The Lady Gators finished the 2015 campaign with a #10 final ranking.


Deer played college soccer at Lander. He graduated from USC Aiken’s fellow Peach Belt Conference institution in 1987 with a bachelor’s of science in Physical Education. He obtained his Masters of Science in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2000.


In addition to his responsibilities with USC Aiken women’s soccer, Deer teaches science at Mead Hall Episcopal School. Deer is married to Joel and the couple has a son, Owen.

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