Sporting Futures USA Alum – Gregg Munn has been appointed as the new Head Men’s Soccer Coach of Mars Hill University in North Carolina and will lead the Mountain Lions into the 2018 Fall Season with aspirations of rejuvenating the program and helping them to hit the heights not seen since the days of his own playing career at the university.
Gregg was recruited to Mars Hill University from the Sporting Futures USA Program back in 2011by then Head Coach, Ian Clerihew, and went on to captain the team during a period of notable success for the NCAA Division II team.
In a collegiate playing career of distinction, Gregg started 75 games and played an integral part in the program’s two NCAA National Tournament Appearances (2011 & 2012) and the program’s South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2012. Throughout his playing career at Mars Hill, Gregg picked up many individual and team accolades including First Team All-SAC Defender (2012), Capital One Academic All-District Team (2012), NCCSIA All-State First Team Defender (2012), SAC All-Tournament Team Defender and Second Team All-SAC Defender (2013). In 2011, Gregg was a lynchpin of a defensive unit which saw Mars Hill lead the conference with fewest goals against per game (0.64) as well as being ranked in the top 15 in the nation in that category.
After graduating in the summer of 2015 Magna Cum Laude in Physical Education with his concentration in coaching, Gregg took his first steps into coaching by helping then Head Coach Gary Hamel with the Men’s & Women’s teams at Mars Hill University.
Shortly afterwards Gregg accepted a coaching position with Charlotte Soccer Academy in Charlotte, N.C., as a Technical Director of Coaching and Staff Coach. The club quickly recognised his ability and Gregg was promoted to be the Director of Coaching for the club across various age groups where he has held this role for the past four years. During this time Gregg also served a short stint with the Queen’s University of Charlotte women’s soccer program, building an impressive coaching resume that ultimately caught the eye of his alma mater.
Announcing the appointment, Mars Hill University, Athletic Director David Riggins was clearly delighted with the capture of his former captain.
Riggins stated, “I do not have to welcome Gregg Munn to Mars Hill since he is a MHU graduate and was a stellar soccer player for the Lions. He brings a great deal of knowledge regarding Mars Hill and that knowledge combined with his competitive nature bodes well for our men’s soccer program.”
For Gregg, it is something of a homecoming and he is clearly delighted to be back in familiar surroundings.
Gregg stated, “I am extremely excited and proud to return to Mars Hill University. It is an honor to be the Head Men’s Soccer Coach. I would like to thank President Dan Lunsford and Director of Athletics David Riggins for this opportunity. The school holds so many great memories for my wife and I, we are excited for what lies ahead, and I look forward to leading the program.”
Sporting Futures USA’s David Binnie was another delighted recipient of the news and had the following to say about the news.
“I was one of the first to hear Gregg’s news and to say I’m thrilled for Gregg is an understatement. I encouraged Gregg to put his name in the hat for the job when Gary Hamel moved on and I was confident that Mars Hill’s Athletic Director would jump at the opportunity of appointing him.”
“Gregg was a hugely successful player for the team and his on-field leadership and competitive mentality around the dressing room really helped to drive the team forward. I know this because both former Head Coaches, Ian Clerihew and Gary Hamel, often commented, to me, that Gregg was the epitome of a captain both on and off the field.”
“I had the pleasure of coaching Gregg during his youth career at Stirling Albion FC and, despite his quiet nature, he had a burning desire to win and even at that early stage of his career, he exhibited the type of leadership qualities and professionalism that will stand him in good stead for the career he has ahead of him in football.”
“It was those qualities that led to him being capped by Scotland at Schools International level where he pulled on the dark blue of Scotland with pride.”
“As a recruit, Gregg has been one of my most successful placements and I knew from early on in his career that he would likely end up progressing into coaching. Gregg spent his summers back home in Scotland working closely with me here at Sporting Futures USA and his willingness to learn about recruiting and supporting international student athletes spoke volumes for his dedication to his long term career plan to move into collegiate coaching. His work at Sporting Futures USA helped numerous players to follow in his own footsteps and I know that many of them still see Gregg as a mentor and a big contributor to their own successful careers in the United States.”
“I am certain that Gregg will shape Mars Hill University’s Men’s Soccer program in his own image and that SAC Conference teams will face a side of considerable quality over the next few years, with more than a hint of grit and fierce Scottish competitiveness.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations to Gregg and wish him all the very best for his inaugural season at the helm of the Mars Hill Mountain Lions team.”
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Check out the images below from Gregg’s time with Sporting Futures USA and with Mars Hill University.
Gregg lines up alongside a team made up of our Student Athletes for an alumni event to mark their continued success in the USA.
Gregg in action for Mars Hill University where he captained the side over a four year spell.