Dr. Greg Margolis was named assistant womens soccer coach for the Gators in May 2018, and the Bedford, Massachusetts native brings a wealth of coaching experience with him to Meadville.
Most recently, Margolis served as the soccer operations coordinator for the New England Revolution of the MLS, as well as a coach for the Rhode Island Rush Soccer Club.
With the Revolution, he was responsible for all field-level gameday operations, as well as the management of game and league officials and coordination of the visiting teams arrival and departure.
With the Rhode Island Rush Club, he was head coach for the U-10 boys and assistant coach for the U-16 boys, while at various times he also coached boys and girls in the U-14 through U-17 age group. In addition to his gameday coaching and practice planning, he served as the organizations cognitive performance coach, conducting sports psychology sessions for players, coaches, and parents. He also was active in recruitment of youth athletes to the organization, and served as the director of the clubs college advisory program, aimed at helping athletes through the college recruitment process.
Prior to his time in Rhode Island, Margolis spent the 2017 season as the assistant coach for the mens team at Methodist University. The Monarchs went 12-6-1 in 2017, and boasted three All-USA South selections, including the conferences Newcomer of the Year, Zvi Ferrari. Margolis assisted with all day-to-day aspects of the program, including recruiting, video analysis and assessment, practice planning, and academic monitoring, as well as conducting cognitive performance enhancement sessions. He also oversaw the teams social media, including the production of motivational and highlight videos.
While with the Monarchs, Margolis also served as head coach for the Liberty Point U-16s in Fayetteville, North Carolina throughout the summer and fall of 2017, which culminated with the team reaching the finals of the 2017 Adidas Clash.
Margolis began his collegiate coaching career as graduate assistant for the mens program at Springfield College from Aug. 2013 Dec. 2016. Springfield achieved a wealth of success during his tenure, highlighted with the 2016 New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference championship, and a pair of ECAC New England regional titles. Margolis coached three NEWMAC Players of the Year, 15 All-NEWMAC selections, and 15 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honorees, while his team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award in all four of his seasons on the staff. Additionally, four of his pupils at Springfield went on to play professionally.
While on the Springfield staff, Margolis first earned a M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, before earning his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, with his dissertation entitled The Use of Feedback on Self-Efficacy, Perceived Competence, and Penalty Kick Performance in Division-III Soccer Players. In the fall of 2016, Margolis served as adjunct professor at Springfield, presiding over the Psychology of Sport class.
In addition to his soccer coaching experience, he founded Margolis Sports Performance LLC in January 2018. He conducts one-on-one counseling with athletes on mental performance and cognitive enhancement, as well as programming aimed at coaching and leadership development.
Margolis earned a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science at Ursinus College, with a minor in Coaching. While at Ursinus, he was a founding member and player on the schools mens club soccer team.
He holds a number of coaching licenses and certifications, including US Soccer Federation F license, US Soccer Federation Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 licenses, National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Nutrition Certificate, and NFSHA Concussions in Sports Certificate.