Ger Coppinger begins his first season as assistant coach with the Missouri State men's soccer and goalkeeper trainer for the women's soccer programs. Coppinger will aid in recruiting and focus on training the goalkeepers at MSU.
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 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.