They hope the Trice is right: John Trice(HPU/JMU) new men’s soccer coach at Greensboro College

Posted by Andy Durham on December 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

John Trice has been hired as the men’s soccer coach at Greensboro College, announced Pride Athletics Director Jean Lojko. Trice arrives at GC after spending the past three seasons as an assistant men’s soccer coach at High Point University.

“We are very excited about John Trice leading our men’s soccer program,” Lojko said. “With his experience, personality and enthusiasm, I am confident he is the right person to guide The Pride back to regional and national prominence.”

Greensboro College has an impressive history in men’s soccer. The Pride has been to two NCAA Division III Championship games (1989, 98) and has reached 14 NCAA Tournaments. GC produced .500 or better seasons from 1986 to 2008.

Working under Head Coach Dustin Fonder, Trice helped revitalize the HPU men’s soccer program. The Panthers won a program-record 16 games and a Big South regular season championship this year. The 2010 Panther team also excelled in the classroom as it posted a grade point average above 3.0 and earned NSCAA Academic Team honors.

Trice served as the recruiting coordinator for HPU men’s soccer, and assisted with practice planning, academic advising and scheduling. He was largely responsible for the Panthers’ highly-rated 2009 recruiting class.

Trice came to HPU after serving as assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. While there, Trice assisted in leading the men’s soccer team to an 8-6-4 overall record, going undefeated in the Patriot League (4-0-3). The Crusaders earned the Patriot League regular-season championship.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is a 2004 graduate of James Madison University where he was a four-year letter-winner, two-year starter, and served as captain for the Dukes. Trice was a member of the 2000 and 2001 NCAA tournament teams as well as the 2001 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship team. He was a three-time Verizon Scholar-Athlete and heavily involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Trice also serves as the director of coaching for the Piedmont Triad Futbol Club and resides in Thomasville, N.C.

What They’re Saying About Coach John Trice

“John Trice emerged as the most dynamic and passionate candidate during our search. We believe he will hit the ground running and make a positive impact immediately. His skill set and experience put him in line with some of the great Greensboro College coaches of the past..”
–Dan Cetrone, associate athletics director/search committee chair, Greensboro College

“While I’m saddened to lose a key member of our soccer program, I’m excited for John and this opportunity for him. I’m confident that he will do an outstanding job and restore the Greensboro College men’s soccer program back to the upper echelon.”
–Dustin Fonder, men’s soccer head coach, High Point University

“John Trice is a tremendous hire for Greensboro College. He helped do great things for our program on and off the field. We will really miss him at High Point University, but I’m glad we can follow his progress here in the Triad.”
–Craig Keilitz, athletics director, High Point University


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