Tony Economopoulos

Head Coach

Tony Economopoulos was hired as the sixth head coach in Mercer women’s soccer history on Feb. 22, 2012. In his five seasons at Mercer’s helm, Economopoulos has led the Bears to a 56-36-13 overall record, 27-11-7 mark in conference action (Southern Conference & Atlantic Sun Conference) and the best winning percentage in program history (.595). Mercer has recorded more wins than any other NCAA Division I women’s soccer program in the state of Georgia since Economopoulos took the position.
 
Collegiate Coaching Experience:

  • February 2012-Present – Mercer University
    • Women’s Head Coach
  • 2009-12 – Georgia Southwestern
    • Women’s Head Coach
  • 2007-09 – Oklahoma State University
    • Women’s Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
  • 2003-07 – Bowling Green State University
    • Men’s Assistant Coach
    • Interim Men’s Head Coach
    • Recruiting Coordinator
  • 2001-03 – Western Illinois University
    • Men's Assistant Coach
    • Men's/Women's Goalkeeper Coach
    • Recruiting Coordinator
Coaching Accolades at Mercer:
  • 2016
    • Guided Mercer to 10-9-1 (6-3-0 SoCon) record
    • Team was one win away from reaching third consecutive SoCon Tournament title match
    • Ended the regular season on a six-match win streak (five shutouts) after starting the season 3-8-1
    • Three players earned All-SoCon honors
      • All-SoCon First Team: Maddie Clark, Corinne Wooten
      • SoCon All-Freshman Team: Megan Delmonico
    •  Mentored Maddie Clark to stellar senior campaign (14 goals, 30 points, five game-winning goals)
    • Saw Clark earn NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Third Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, All-SoCon First Team and SoCon All-Tournament Team honors
    • Program earned its 15th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award
    • Mercer all SoCon women’s soccer teams with 13 student-athletes named to Fall Academic All-Conference Team
  • 2015
    • Went 9-8-4 and advanced to Southern Conference Tournament Championship match for the second time in as many seasons
    • Six players earned All-SoCon honors
      • All-SoCon Second Team: Maddie Clark, Maggie Cropp, Katelyn Dimopoulos
      • SoCon All-Freshman Team: Jorden Christensen, Haley McDuffee
      • SoCon All-Tournament Team: Maddie Clark, Maggie Cropp, Sarah Daane
    • Program earned its 14th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award
    • Maggie Cropp named CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection, becoming the first player in program history to earn first team honors
  • 2014
    • Captured SoCon Tournament title in Mercer’s first year as a league member en route to the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance
    • Set program single-season wins record with 14-6-2 mark
    • Ended season with highest RPI in program history
    • Four players earned All-SoCon honors
      • All-SoCon First Team: Maggie Cropp
      • All-SoCon Second Team: Sarah Daane, Washida Blackman, Lauren Gassie
      • SoCon All-Tournament Team: Maggie Cropp (Tournament MVP), Washida Blackman, Sarah Daane, Lauren Gassie
    • Finished season ranked in NSCAA Southeast Region (No. 9) for the first time in program history
    • Program earned its 13th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award
  • 2013
    • Went 10-8-3 overall en route to a runner-up finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship
    • Three players earned All-ASUN honors
      • All-ASUN Second Team: Washida Blackman, Lauren Gassie
      • ASUN All-Tournament Team: Washida Blackman, Rachel Buffalo
    • Program earned its 12th consecutive NSCAA Team Academic award
    • Brianna Stampler earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team honors
  • 2012
    • Set a then-program record for most wins in a single season after guiding Bears to a 13-5-3 record in his first season as Mercer head coach
    • Advanced to A-Sun Championship title match for fifth time in six seasons after finishing second in conference’s regular season standings
Past Coaching Accolades:
  • Georgia Southwestern
    • Guided team to program’s conference wins record in 2010
    • Set GSW program record for most wins over a three-year span (2010-12)
    • Saw his 2011 team earn NSCAA Team Academic Award & NSCAA Ethics Sportsmanship Silver Award, the first time in program history for each award
  • Oklahoma State University
    • Helped guide Cowgirls to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2008) & a program-best No. 7 national ranking in 2008
    • Team claimed its first-ever Big 12 Conference regular season championship (2008)
    • Mentored & trained four 2008 All-Big 12 players, including three first team selections
    • 2008 team set program record with 18 wins while leading nation in goals per game & ranking third nationally in goals scored (74)
  • Bowling Green State University
    • Served as the program’s top assistant for four seasons
    • Also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator
    • Was the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Regional Chair
    • Helped BGSU reach the Mid-American Conference Tournament title match in first year on staff
    • Briefly served as Interim Head Coach in 2004, helping Falcons earn recognition as one of the most improved NCAA Division I women’s soccer teams in the country
  • Western Illinois University
    • Nominated for the AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2002 after helping lead WIU to the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title match
Education:
  • 2004 – Western Illinois University (M.S., Sport Medicine)
  • 1997 – Oklahoma City University (B.A., Communications)
Coaching Awards/Licenses
  • 2002 AFLAC Insurance National Assistant Coach of the Year nominee
  • USFF National “B” License
  • USFF National “C” License
Collegiate Playing Experience:
  • 1993-96 – Oklahoma City University
Professional Playing Experience:
  • USISL
  • Oklahoma City Slickers
  • Oklahoma City Warriors
  • Greek Super League
  • Olympiakos F.C. (Trials)
  • A.E.K. Athens (Trials)