Ger Coppinger enters his fourth season as an assistant coach on Jon Leamy's staff in 2014. Coppinger is tasked with the training of the Bears' goalkeepers and also assists on the recruiting front.
The Bears broke several school records in 2013, including leading the nation in goals against average (8 goals allowed in 18 games) for the first time in program history. The Bears allowed just one goal in conference play and recorded 10 shutouts (including 7 consecutive) on the season. Coppinger, along with Leamy and Michael Seabolt, was recognized on the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the MVC regular-season title.
Coppinger and the MSU coaching staff orchestrated an imposing defensive product in 2012, limiting opponents to 14 goals, tying a single-season school record for fewest goals allowed. Additionally, sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Riggs and the Bears' defense recorded six shutouts, while allowing just three multi-goal games in 17 matches. Under Coppinger's direction, Riggs moved into the top-five all-time for single-season goals against average (GAA) and fewest goals allowed. With one season under his belt, Riggs currently ranks first all-time in career goals against average at 0.77.
In his first season at Missouri State, the Bears posted an overall record of 9-8-2 and went 5-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season. The team clinched a share of the regular-season title for the second time in three years and locked in the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament.
Under the guidance of Coppinger, first-year starter Trevor Spangenberg had a stellar debut season in which he climbed up the record charts to No. 3 all-time in goals against average (0.93). In all, the Bears gave up 18 goals in 2011 and allowed just three in league play.
Coppinger plays a key role as the assistant director of the Missouri State Soccer School. Besides his coaching duties for the men's team, he is also the goalkeepers coach for the MSU women's squad and the Springfield Soccer Club.
Coppinger came to Missouri State after spending 2010 as the men's and women's goalkeeper coach at Missouri Baptist University. He also coached the U-17 O'Fallon Kixx men's team for two seasons, leading them to the State Cup tournament in one of those seasons.
As a player, Coppinger was a goalkeeper on the varsity squad at Missouri Baptist for four seasons. After learning the position as a back-up, he took the reins as the starting keeper his senior season with the Spartans.
Before attending Missouri Baptist, Coppinger attended Colaiste Ide in his native Ireland, where he traveled to the U.S. to play in a soccer tournament. At that tournament, he was recruited to Missouri Baptist. He was also named the Sports Person of the Year at Fingal Community College in Dublin after playing soccer and Gaelic football there in 2004.
Coppinger earned a B.S. in physical education from Missouri Baptist in May 2011 and has a teaching license. He also holds a Goalkeeper I & II diploma and National "D" Coaching License from NSCAA.