Missouri State Men's Soccer Tabs Ger Coppinger as New Assistant Coach
Missouri State men's soccer head coach Jon Leamy announced today the hiring of Ger Coppinger as the team's new assistant coach. Coppinger takes over for David Stockton who accepted a similar position at Cal State Monterey Bay this spring.
"Ger is a great addition to the Missouri State soccer program," stated Leamy. "He brings energy, enthusiasm and experience that will continue the fine line of outstanding coaches we have had here at Missouri State. He has a great goalkeeping background as both a player and a coach. We are excited to bring him on board."
Coppinger comes to Missouri State after spending last fall 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.
"I have always wanted to be a coach since my playing career ended," said Coppinger. "After meeting with Coach Leamy, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I am honored to be able to work with and learn from Coach Leamy and (Associate Head) Coach Seabolt. This is a great program and I look forward to being a part of the soccer tradition at Missouri State."
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 MBU. 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.
Coppinger's hire is pending final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next meeting.
The men's soccer team kicks off the 2011 regular season against Belmont at Plaster Field on Saturday, August 27. The match begins at 7:00 p.m.