Brian Dunleavy has been at the helm of the GS womens soccer program for four years now. In his four seasons as head coach, Dunleavy has compiled a 28-38-7 record, moving him into second all-time on the wins list. He also helped lead the Eagles to the semi-final round of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and was an assistant coach on the 2012 team that won the SoCon tournament.
In 2016, the Eagles finished the year with a record of 6-10-1, with wins over Charlotte, Winthrop, Kennesaw State and Troy. The 2016 Eagles played a tough schedule, which included 14 opponents that played into the post season and three NCAA Tournament participants, for the second consecutive year. The Blue and White missed the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time since the injury riddled 2013 season. Sarah Price earned First-Team All-Sun Belt honors after an impressive junior campaign. Price who transferred to Georgia Southern, after playing two year at Arkansas, led the Eagles in multiple statistical categories including goals (8), points (18), shots (31) and game-winners (3).
In 2015, the Eagles finished the year with a record of 6-11-2 with wins over Francis Marion, Winthrop, Alabama State, UL Monroe and in-state rival Georgia State. The Eagles played a tough schedule that included 14 opponents that ultimately played in the post season and two NCAA Tournament participants. The Eagles advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the second-straight year, ultimately falling 3-0 to second-seeded Troy. Following the regular-season, Nora El-Shami was named to the Sun Belt All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row after scoring a team-high 30 points off nine goals and 12 assists.
The 2014 Eagles concluded the season ranked in the Top-75 in RPI, the highest in program history. The 2014 campaign also saw the Eagles enjoy the most wins since the 2002 season. A key win over a Power 5 opponent Indiana first time in 12 years propelled the Eagles to two first-team All-Conference and one second-team All-Conference selections. GS finished the regular season tied for third in their inaugural season competing in the Sun Belt.
The 2013 season was ravaged with injuries, including having three goal keepers lost for the season forcing Dunleavy to search for a replacement outside of the team. However, the Eagles earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award by maintaining a 3.4 GPA off the pitch.
Prior to being named the program's fourth head coach on June 11, 2013, Dunleavy served as the program's assistant coach for two seasons. An integral part of Georgia Southern's success during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Dunleavy helped the Eagles return to the SoCon Tournament in both years, snapping a six-year postseason drought.
In 2012 the Eagles captured the program's first major trophy, winning the SoCon Tournament Championship with a 5-4 win in penalty kicks over Furman in the championship game. The team finished the season with the programs first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 10-8-5 overall record. The 2012 team set new school record with 10 shutouts on the campaign.
In, 2011, Dunleavys first season in Statesboro, the Eagles shocked the SoCon establishment with a SoCon Tournament win over powerhouse UNCG in the opening round. That 2-1 win bought the Eagles a return trip to Greensboro a week later for the semifinals against the College of Charleston where GS ultimately fell 4-2 to end a 7-11-2 season.
Dunleavy joined the Eagles after a two-year coaching stint at Saint Leo University in Dade City, Fla. where he worked with the men's soccer program. While at Saint Leo, the Division II Sunshine State Conference Lions, posted a 15-15 overall record.
Before his time with Saint Leo, Dunleavy was the head men's soccer coach at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an NCAA Division III institution in the Bronx, NY, where he spent a year directing the Dolphins.
Dunleavy enjoyed a four year playing career at Hofstra University, from 1999-2002. After wrapping up his playing career, he joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2003. He helped the program win back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association Championships which garnered the team NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005.
He holds an NSCAA National Coaching Diploma. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from Hofstra University.
A native of Levittown, NY, Dunleavy currently resides in Statesboro with his wife Janine and their sons Owen and Cole.
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