Spencer Pappas
University of Detroit Mercy
Spencer Pappas

Division 1

Spencer Pappas enters his sixth season as assistant coach of the Titans in 2019-20. He joined the University of Detroit Mercy mens soccer team prior to the start of the 2014 season as an assistant coach. He earned the additional title of recruiting coordinator in February 2018. Pappas has helped coach the Titans to 27 victories during his five years as an assistant coach and a share of the Horizon League regular-season crown in 2014. The Titans saw their share of success in 2017, recording seven victories and reaching the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Detroit Mercy topped Milwaukee in penalty kicks to advance in the league tournament for the first time since 2012. Tyler Moorman and Spiro Pliakos earned a bevy of honors during and after the 2017 season with Moorman being named All-Region and Scholar All-Region and Pliakos becoming the first Titan male student-athlete in school history to receive First Team Academic All-American laurels. Pliakos also was the second player in school history to earn All-Conference accolades in all four seasons of his playing career. In his first two seasons as the assistant coach for the Titans, the team has finished with winning records and qualified for the Horizon League Championship tournament in each season. In 2015, the Titans went 7-5-8 and dropped just one game during the conference season, going 3-1-5. Detroit Mercy also earned its first victory in program history over the University of Michigan, winning 2-1 in Ann Arbor. As a squad, the team notched the second-lowest goals against average in school history (0.99) and three Titans were named All-Horizon League. Pappas helped coach the Titans to a 9-7-4 record and a share of the Horizon League regular season crown in 2014. The squad held the opposition to the fewest goals per game (0.89) in school history, allowing just 19 goals in 20 contests. Pappas helped coach Spiro Pliakos to Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors.   This is a tremendous hire for our soccer program and as a whole for UDM, said Titan head coach Nicholas Deren at the time of his hiring. His hard work and dedication will enhance our program as we look to make a run at a Horizon League Championship. He will serve as a great liaison and a solid resource for our young men. Ten (10) Titans have been named All-League during Pappas' five-year tenure as assistant coach, including Spiro Pliakos who was All-League in all four years, while Nathan Steinwascher was the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.   Pappas was as an assistant coach at Albion for two seasons leading training sessions and organizing all aspects of recruiting. Pappas is also currently on the coaching staff for the Michigan Jaguars FC in Novi. He has previously worked with the Jackson Rush Soccer Club and TNT Soccer Club.   Pappas earned his bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State with a specialization in coaching. While at MSU, Pappas worked with the Michigan State men's soccer team, including their run to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.   He owns a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "C", D and E License as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma.