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Brett Surrency
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Jacksonville
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 404-413-4002
Email: bsurrency@gsu.edu
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TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • First win vs. a top-10 ranked opponent in 12 years (Oct. 23, 2013 vs. No. 9 Furman)
  • 2011 NCAA Tournament at-large berth (1st in school history)
  • First NCAA tournament match (Nov. 17, 2011 at Duke)
  • 2011 CAA Tournament Appearance (1st in school history)
  • 2011 CAA Tournament First Round Victory (1st in school history)
  • No. 26 RPI Ranking on Oct. 25, 2011 (Highest RPI ranking in school history)
  • No. 45 Final RPI Ranking in 2011 (Highest finish in school history)
  • No. 36 TopDrawerSoccer.com Ranking (First in school history)
  • Sixth-place finish in CAA in 2011 (Highest in school history)
  • 9 Shutout Victories in 2011 (Tied school record from 1983)
  • First win vs. a top-25 ranked opponent in 10 years (Oct. 5, 2011 vs. No. 22 William & Mary)
  • First win vs. an ACC opponent in 10 years (Sept. 27, 2011 at NC State)
  • First .500 record in 6 years in 2010 (7-7-3)
  • Three straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • CAA Leaders in Goals Allowed (21) and GAA (0.94) in 2011

PLAYER HONORS

  • 2014 MLS Super Draft selection (Michael Nwiloh, Chivas USA - 59th Overall)
  • 2013 NSCAA All-South Region second team: Michael Nwiloh
  • 8 All-CAA selections
  • Two CAA All-Rookie players (Vincent Foermer-2009, William Mellors-Blair-2012)
  • 5 CAA Player-of-the-Week honors
  • 6 CAA Rookie-of-the-Week awardees
  • 2nd All-CAA first-team honoree in School History (Chris Locandro, 2011)
  • First back-to-back All-CAA honoree (Jamal Keene, third team 2011 & 2012)
  • Three All-CAA honorees in back-to-back seasons (2011 & 2012)
  • Three All-CAA third-team selections in 2012 (Jamal KeeneChris LocandroWilliam Mellors-Blair)
  • 2011 TopDrawerSoccer.com Player to Watch: Vincent Foermer
  • 2011 TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshmen: CJ Cochran
  • 2011 NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region third team: Chris Locandro
  • 2011 First Team Academic All-District: Vincent Foermer
  • 2011 CAA Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete: Vincent Foermer
  • 2011 Scholar-Baller First Team Academic Momentum Award: Gimel Gordon

SURRENCY YEAR-BY-YEAR

Year School Record Notes
2010 Georgia State 7-7-3 First .500 season in six years
2011 Georgia State 13-8-1 NCAA tournament at-large bid (first in school history)
2012 Georgia State 6-12 Three All-CAA honorees
2013 Georgia State 9-9-1

Third .500 or better season in last four years

Overall 35-36-5  

SURRENCY NOTES

  • First win at GSU: 2-1 (OT) vs. Gardner-Webb (Sept. 1, 2010)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1
  • CAA Tournament Appearances: 1
  • CAA Tournament Record: 1-1

Head coach Brett Surrency enters his fifth season in command and his 10th overall with the Panthers. As the leader of the program, he has not wasted any time stamping his mark on its future.

Appointed head coach prior to the 2010 season, Surrency quickly orchestrated a Panthers’ turnaround from a losing season to their best finish in the Colonial Athletic Association since they joined the conference in 2005. The initial year laid the groundwork for his program’s philosophy going forward: High expectations, hard work and excellence on the field of play.

After a slow start last season, Surrency’s team built momentum that saw the Panthers finish the season 9-4-1 over the final 14 matches to finish the 2013 campaign with a 9-9-1 mark. GSU strung together a six-match unbeaten streak that included a 1-1 draw on the road against No. 6 Washington who reach the elite eight of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Panthers then had a three-match winning streak that began with a 2-0 win against No. 9 Furman. This victory was GSU’s first against a top-10 team since a 2-1 win over Clemson in 2001.

In 2012, Surrency continued to push his players as they faced many elite teams including top-ranked Maryland and No. 15 Old Dominion. During a season where the Panthers played in 12 games decided by one goal, the team never stopped fighting, which was apparent in the back-to-back overtime wins to end the season.

In 2011, Georgia State accomplished many firsts including their first NCAA tournament and CAA tournament appearances in school history. The 2011 squad achieved the program’s highest RPI ranking in school history at No. 26 on the way to its most wins (13) since 1986. The team tied the school record for shutouts with nine and placed three players on the All-CAA team.

With a background as a two-time, all-conference defender, Surrency brings to GSU a system that is organized and disciplined on the back end. The 2010 men’s soccer team embodied the hard-working, disciplined approach of its new head coach. Surrency guided the team through debilitating losses that forced several key members, including four-year starter Joe Castaldo and 2009 All-CAA third-team member Chris Peacos, off its back line. The Panthers fought to a 7-7-3 overall record and an eighth-place finish in the CAA.

The Gainesville, Fla. native saw his team accomplish many firsts in his initial year at the helm, including winning its CAA opener for the first time in school history and notching its first win over NCAA tournament participant Old Dominion in an emotional 4-3 decision. But Surrency holds higher expectations for his Panthers, mainly to contend for titles and NCAA tournament bids every season.

As a former dedicated, Division I student-athlete, Surrency expects his players to accept his challenge of a blue-collar mentality and disciplined approach to the game.

“Fitness is a huge part of our program and quite a high demand that we place on the players,” Surrency said. “I’m a big believer in trying to reach the full potential, fitness-wise, and feel that it can be an ultimate separator at the end of a game. In the same breath, we want our guys to understand the game and be able to make the right decisions.  We feel like we play a good brand of soccer that places the emphasis on the players seeing and reacting to the situations presented in the game.”

Surrency continues to add many talented players to his squad year in and year out, including a mix of local and international talent. This has allowed Surrency and his staff to develop depth at every position that will to help the Georgia State men’s soccer to continue improving in the coming years.

“We are trying to bring in players that will fit into our vision for the program,” Surrency said. “Those players could be local, domestic or international as long as they show the drive to be successful on and off the field and in the classroom.”

Surrency is as experienced with the GSU men’s soccer program as any person. He was has been a member of the coaching staff since 2005. He spent one year as a graduate assistant prior to his four as an assistant coach, where he assisted in all aspects of the program. He has a United States Soccer Federation National B License and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He has worked with the Georgia Soccer Olympic Development program, leading the 1995 age group state team to the national championships in March of 2012. Surrency has also worked with KYX out of Jacksonville, Fla., Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club and Atlanta Youth Soccer Association.

Before joining GSU in 2005, Surrency spent the 2004 season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Jacksonville University. He held multiple responsibilities with the Dolphins including daily training sessions, training non-traveling players and assisting with administrative work.

Surrency was a four-time All-Atlantic Sun Academic performer and a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference honoree at Jacksonville. He earned Atlantic Sun first-team honors in his senior year of 2003 and second team laurels as a sophomore in 2001. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain as a center back. He earned the Bill Coulthart Award as the Dolphins’ most valuable player in 2003.

Surrency received the 2003 Douglas B. Milne Award recognizing excellent sportsmanship by the Jacksonville athletic department, and was a NSCAA/Adidas 2003 College Men Scholar All-South Region team member.

Surrency earned his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Jacksonville in 2004 and added a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 2007. He’s volunteered with the Special Olympics, Soccer in the Streets, AfterSchool All-Stars, Boys and Girls Club and organized various clinics in the soccer community.

Surrency was born Aug. 11, 1982 in Houston, Texas and is the son of Donald and Susan Surrency. He is married to the former Crystal Cantrell and they have one daughter, Grey Harper Surrency, who was born Dec. 16, 2012. The family resides in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta.

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