ATLANTA – As the Georgia State men’s soccer team prepares for its first season in the Sun Belt Conference, head coach Brett Surrency announced the hiring of Jamie Davies as the Panthers’ top assistant coach Tuesday.

“We are extremely fortunate to add someone of Jamie’s caliber to the staff and know that he will do an excellent job from the start,” Surrency said about the hire. “During his past coaching stops, he has been very influential in the programs’ success and we are confident that will continue at GSU as well. 

Davies will look to help GSU build on its late season success in 2013 as the Panthers prepare to compete for a conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in two years because of changing conferences. Georgia State finished the season with nine wins and a draw in its last 14 games, including a 2-0 win over No. 9 Furman and 1-1 tie on the road against No. 6 Washington.

"I am very excited to be joining the Georgia State coaching staff and look forward to contributing to the reputation and success they have had over the last couple of years,” Davies said about going the men’s soccer program. “I can't wait to get my feet wet coaching this talented pool of players and seeing what they can do this season. Georgia is a hotbed for young talented soccer players and we hope to continue recruiting the best from this area. I'd like to say a big thank you to Brett and selection committee for giving me this opportunity to become a part of the Panther family."

Davies comes to Atlanta after spending four years at Division II Limestone as the top assistant coach. During his time with the Saints, he was able to help Limestone become one of the best offenses in the country as a result to his vast playing and coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

Over the past two seasons, Davies has helped guide the Saints to back-to-back Conference Carolinas regular-season and tournament championships. He will also bring a history of success to GSU as Limestone combined to finish 28-9-1 overall and 15-2-1 in league play in 2012 and 2013.

Prior to joining the Saints’ staff, Davis played for two years in the Premier Development League (PDL) with the West Virginia Chaos. During his second season with the Chaos, he took over as the assistant coach and helped guide the team to a franchise best 5-3-8 record in 2009.

Davies played college soccer for NAIA member William Woods and graduated with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. A native of London, England, Davies played for Crystal Palace F.C. and Leyton Orient F.C. at the youth level.