Honors & Awards:
2011 NSCAA South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Ed Joyce returns for his fourth season as the top assistant for the Georgia State men’s soccer program in 2013. He assists with all facets of the program.
Joyce earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year award for the 2011 season. Joyce then in his second season assisting head coach Brett Surrency, helped guide the Panthers to a 13-8-1 season. The 13 wins was GSU’s highest win total in 25 years and the team’s nine shutout victories tied a school record set in 1983.
Joyce, a native of Shefford, England, joined the staff prior to the 2010 campaign and along with Surrency helped jumpstart the Georgia State men’s soccer program. After helping guide the team to its first .500 finish in five years, he helped GSU earn its first NCAA tournament berth in school history and finish No. 45 in the RPI during the 2011 season.
Joyce came to GSU after a stint as the assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Ohio University. The staff took a young team to a program-best five conference road wins, a top-four conference finish and its 11th Mid-American Conference tournament appearance. Joyce’s duties with the program included recruiting, opponent scouting, game breakdown and on-field instruction. He also ran Ohio’s spring and summer clinics. He completed his masters in Coaching Education from Ohio in 2010.
Before Ohio, Joyce served as an assistant men’s soccer coach and recruiting coordinator at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He helped the Blue Hose transition into Division I competition in 2007. He helped guide Presbyterian to two wins and two ties in 2008 against stiff competition.
Prior to Presbyterian, Joyce was the head boy’s soccer coach at Greenville High School in Greenville, S.C. He kicked off his career with an impressive start, guiding Greenville to a South Carolina state championship in 2006. The Red Raiders finished the season with a perfect 27-0 record and were ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA in its spring rankings. Greenville set state records for shutouts, fewest goals allowed and goals given up per game. He was named both the region and state coach of the year in 2007.
A tireless worker, Joyce was an assistant coach in the U.S. Olympic Development Program (ODP) in South Carolina for the boys’ 1995 team and as a coach on elite soccer camps for both Wake Forest and South Carolina. He also served as the assistant camp director at Presbyterian College and was responsible for coordinating many of Ohio’s camps. He worked on the Region II ODP staff working with the girls’ 1997 age group in South Carolina in the summer of 2010.
Joyce competed collegiately at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. He played four years with the Flying Fleet, serving as a team captain for two seasons. He was the team’s leader, and second in the Carolinas Virginia Conference, in assists in 2005. He graduated with a degree in athletic training in 2007.
Joyce holds an NSCAA Premier and Advanced National Diploma coaching certification. He married the former Ashleigh Snook in January of 2011.