Georgia Gwinnett College Director of Athletics Dr. Darin S. Wilson announces the appointment of four-time national champion Dr. Mike Giuliano as the Grizzlies’ head women’s soccer coach.
Giuliano, who possesses nearly 30 years of successful head coaching experience at the NAIA and NCAA levels, has eight various national coach of the year accolades to his name and was the first coach in National Soccer Coaches Association of America history to earn three consecutive NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year awards.
“I am extremely excited to have Mike Giuliano join our staff as our head women’s soccer coach,” said Dr. Wilson. “Mike brings a wealth of experience to GGC, and I am excited for him to lead our program in developing life-long leaders both on and off of the soccer field. We are truly fortunate to have someone with Mike’s resume on our staff, and I would like to thank the search committee for all of its work during this process. The future is certainly bright for women’s soccer here at GGC.”
Giuliano, who currently serves as the head women’s soccer coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School in nearby Norcross, Ga., will begin his tenure with GGC in a part-time role before full-time duties commence in June.
“Georgia Gwinnett is a great institution that is growing in every conceivable way,” stated coach Giuliano. “It has an athletic program where championships are possible, maybe even expected. I knew I had found a truly unique place and opportunity that would be difficult, if not impossible, to pass up. To win and win consistently, there are a few things that you must have: a quality academic institution that people actually want to attend in a desirable geographical location, an athletic department with top-level facilities, and a department that exudes a culture of excellence that reaches throughout the staff and into the very student-athletes themselves. Honestly, all of that perfectly describes GGC. This is a place I can believe in, and this is a place I can ‘sell’ to the prospective student-athlete looking for a life-changing college experience.”
Giuliano brings a wealth of collegiate experience to Georgia Gwinnett, with stints at Wheaton College (Ill.), San Diego State University (Calif.), Westmont College (Calif.), Santa Barbara City College (Calif.), and Trinity Christian College (Ill.).
From 1993-2003, Giuliano developed Westmont into an NAIA women’s soccer powerhouse, producing a 194-42-15 record in 11 seasons while winning four NAIA national titles in five years. Westmont reached nine NAIA national tournaments under Giuliano, including one in each of his final eight seasons. On four occasions, Giuliano was named both the NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year and the NAIA Coach of the Year. In his final five seasons at the NAIA level, he led Westmont to a 97-11-7 record and did not lose in his final 59 regulation matches. During the same five-year span, Westmont went 17-0-1 in the NAIA national tournament.
During Giuliano's tenure at Westmont, the school produced three NAIA National Players of the Year, 14 All-Americans, and 16 scholar-athletes. He also helped coach 55 all-Golden State Athletic Conference selections, including three GSAC Players of the Year.
At NCAA Division III Wheaton, Giuliano led the men’s soccer program to a runner-up finish in the national championship in 2014, six total NCAA tournament appearances and seven conference championships in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Prior to Wheaton, Giuliano spent three seasons at NCAA Division I San Diego State.
Giuliano also previously started the women's soccer program at Santa Barbara City College and spent five years coaching the Trinity men's soccer team, winning one district coach-of-the-year honor.
Most recently, Giuliano guided GAC to a Georgia High School Association state championship in 2015 and a state semifinals appearance in 2016.
Giuliano played college soccer at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in communications from TTU in 1981. He received his master's degree in education in 1987 at Trinity International University (Ill.) and earned a Ph.D. in communications from Northwestern University (Ill.) in 1993.
Giuliano and his wife, Barbara, reside in Suwanee. They have three children, Joshua, Justin, and Linnae.
- Four-Time NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
- Four-Time NAIA Coach of the Year (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
- Eight-Time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2014)
- 11-Time Conference Coach of the Year
- Coached 14 All-Americans and 60 All-Conference Players
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|2||Kimmy Angelone||SO||F||5-3||Weston, Fla.||Wayne State|
|3||Kelsey Ritchey||JR||M/F||5-5||La Quinta, Calif.||Feather River Community College|
|5||Ellinor Bertilsson||SO||D||5-10||Linkoping, Sweden||Fria Laroverken|
|6||Dominique Fletcher||JR||F||5-8||McDonough, Ga.||Union Grove HS|
|7||Caitlin Berry||SO||F/M||5-3||Burnham on Sea, England||Bridgwater College|
|8||Amy Morland||JR||F/M||5-4||Gold Coast, Australia||Trinity Lutheran College|
|9||Nikki LeFevre||SR||F||5-6||McDonough, Ga.||Union Grove HS|
|10||Lauren Moss||SO||M||5-5||Canton, Ga.||Cherokee HS|
|11||Tiffany Rodriguez||SR||M/F||5-3||Atlanta, Ga.||Armstrong State|
|12||Bristol Countess||JR||D/M||5-2||Harvest, Ala.||East Limestone HS|
|13||Ana Gonzalez||SO||F||5-7||Miranda de Ebro, Spain||Central Methodist University|
|14||Nicole Rodriguez||SO||F/M||5-5||Atlanta, Ga.||St. Pius X HS|
|15||Stina Andersson||SO||F/M||5-6||Norrkoping, Sweden||Fria Laroverken|
|16||Hannah Engelbracht||SR||D||5-4||Conyers, Ga.||Salem HS|
|17||Natalie Ferrin||FR||D/M||5-11||Tampa, Fla.||Paul R. Wharton HS|
|21||Lexi Dietz||JR||D||5-6||Papillion, Neb.||Iowa Western Community College|
|23||Melissa Hanken||SO||D/F||5-0||Buford, Ga.||Mill Creek HS|
|24||Amanda Yarger||SO||D||5-6||Woodstock, Ga.||Etowah HS|
|32||Sophie Hoare||FR||GK||5-6||Napier, New Zealand||Taradale HS|