Kevin May Hired as GGC’s Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
Georgia Gwinnett College appointed Kevin May as assistant coach to the Grizzlies men’s soccer program. May’s responsibilities at GGC will encompass aspects ranging from recruiting and coaching to training and fundraising, but he hopes to put a special emphasis on community involvement during his tenure.
“I’m thrilled to be at GGC and to be in a program where we can build our own winning culture,” said May. “The talent level in this area is high, and we hope to compete and win championships very soon.”
May spent the last three years as the director of soccer operations at the University of Connecticut and will now assist GGC head coach Steve DeCou as the Grizzlies prepare for their inaugural season this fall. May’s collegiate experience dates back to his playing days as a midfielder at Nazareth College in Pittsford, N.Y., where he starred for the Golden Flyers in 1997 and from 2000-2002. He was selected team captain his junior and senior years, and was the team’s offensive MVP both seasons.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2004-2006, and then served as an assistant coach at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., from 2006-2009.
“I want to ensure that our team is involved in the community in every way possible, doing the right things for them on and off the field so that Gwinnett County can be proud of its four-year program,” May said. “There aren’t a lot of men’s soccer programs in the area, and we want to be that viable option for our local athletes.”
Coupled with his collegiate coaching experience, May spent time coaching high school boys on club programs at the Rochester Futbol Club (2007-2009) in New York, Yuri Lavryenko Soccer in Rochester, N.Y. (2007-2009), the East Hampton Soccer Club in East Hampton, Conn. (2009-2011), and the Northeast United Premier Soccer Club in Storrs, Conn. (2009-2011).
GGC has applied to become a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The first men’s soccer game has been scheduled for Aug. 25 against the Tennessee Temple University Crusaders of Chattanooga. The game will be the first of a double-header with the women’s teams, and will be the first official intercollegiate event for the Grizzlies, as well as the college’s first home games.