Three time National Coach of the Year nominee, Kom Momeni, starts his sixth season with the Southern Polytechnic Hornets Men's Soccer team. He started the program in 2007 and has taken them to three straight Sweet 16’s (’09, ‘10, '11), won back to back Regular Season Conference Championships (’09, ‘10), finished the year ranked in the National Top 25 Poll three times (’09-#4, ’10-#22, '11-#6), has had an undefeated regular season (’09 -12-0-1), has been named Conference Coach of the Year (’09), has had three All-Americans ('08-Futty Danso, '09-Emeka Maduka, '10-Eric Ati), 20 All-Conference, 16 Academic All-Conference, and two Academic All-Region selections, while compiling a 32-8-3 (.779) Conference Record and an overall record of 63-23-9 (.710). His players have been named Conference Player of the Year (’08 -Danso), Conference Newcomer of the Year (’07-Danso and ’09-Maduka), Conference Offensive Player of the Year (’08-Danso), and Conference Tournament MVP ('11-Harewood). In 2011, the Hornets reached new heights with a program record 17 wins and a trip to the Elite 8 in the National Tournament.
From Oct. 2008 to Sept. 8, 2010, the Hornets did not lose a regular season match. They never trailed in a game and were held scoreless only once in 23 matches. They have gone two seasons (’09 and ’10) without losing a regular season conference match (13-0).
Momeni’s 2009 team (14-2-1) was #2 in the nation in Goals Against Avg. and #4 in fewest goals allowed. That same team hosted and won the program’s first ever National Tournament match (1-0 vs Bryan College).
The 2010 team (12-5-3) played two former National Championship teams (Bethel College, TN ‘08 and Lindsey Wilson College ’09) on the road. They tied Bethel (0-0) in the regular season and beat defending National Champs, Lindsey Wilson (2-1) in the first Round of the National Tournament. In the nine losses suffered from 2009-2011, only one of them came from a team that did not make the National Tournament.
“I am so proud of our players and staff. We have made so much progress in just five years. It is an honor to work with such dedicated student-athletes and professionals,” says Momeni.
Kom Momeni came to Southern Poly from Division 1 Coastal Carolina University, where he spent four years as the first assistant coach. During his tenure, Coastal Carolina won three consecutive Big South Conference Tournaments (’03-’05) and appeared in four straight NCAA National Tournaments capped with a “Sweet Sixteen” appearance in 2003. That same 2003 team was honored as having the highest overall GPA for NCAA Division 1 Men’s Soccer Teams with a 3.31 and finished the year ranked number eight in the nation. In 2002, Coastal had the second highest ranking in the nation in overall team GPA with a 3.1, while finishing the year ranked in the top 25. College Soccer News named Momeni as one of the Nation’s Top Twenty Assistant Coaches in 2004.
Before his stint at Coastal, Momeni spent three years at Division II powerhouse, University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Momeni was instrumental in turning the program around with a Heartland Conference Championship in 2001 and a National Ranking of #4 in 2000.
Momeni began his college coaching career in 1997 at Division III Mary Washington College (Fredricksburg, VA), where he helped the women’s program to an 18-2-2 record and a trip to the National Quarterfinals. They finished the year ranked #5 in the nation. Afterward, he spent a season at Ferrum College before moving on to Incarnate Word.
Coach Momeni received his Masters in Administration from University of the Incarnate Word in 2002 and his Bachelor’s degree and Teaching Certificate from Radford University in Virginia. There, he met his wife, former Rebecca Quesenberry. After college, Momeni spent three years as the Girl’s Head Coach at Chancellor High School where he won two District Championships and made three trips to the Regional Tournament, while getting two Area and District Coach of the Year awards.
John Sprague is entering his fourth season with the Southern Poly Soccer program after a very successful 2011 in which Southern Poly went 17-3-2, while reaching two programs firsts, the SSAC Tournament Championship and the Elite Eight of the NAIA National Tournament. They ended the season ranked #6 in the NAIA Final Coaches Poll, second best to their 2009 ranking of #4.
In 2009 and 2010, Southern Poly reached back to back Sweet 16 appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and repeated as SSAC Regular Season Conference Champions . In that two year span, the program was 13-0 in the very tough SSAC Conference, had produced two All-Americans, nine All-Conference players, eight Academic All-Conference recipients, and two Academic All-Region selections.
Sprague is also currently the Head Coach of the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL. During
their 2012 campaign, the team won the Southeast Conference - East Division, for the
first time in program history. Upon advancing to the conference tournament final,
they would lose 1-0 to the eventual National runner up.
Sprague comes to Southern Poly after three seasons as Head Coach at Division II Concordia College - New York. During his Concordia coaching career, John has coached players who have gone pro both domestically and internationally. Competing in the tough East Coast Conference, he coached the 2009 ECC Offensive Player of the Year who led the country during the regular season in goals, goals per game and points per game. This forward was drafted by the Chicago Fire of the MLS.
The five years prior to Concordia, John was an Assistant Coach at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, a Division II school whose program was just created a year prior to his arrival. As an Assistant, John was vital in developing and starting a program that is now one of the strongest in the Northeast.
John played college soccer at Division I, St. John's University in Jamaica, NY. During his two years there, they went to the Final 8 of the NCAA tournament both years
and won the Big East Tournament in 1998. After two seasons, John transferred to Molloy College to complete his playing career.
As a club coach, John was the Head Coach for the U-18 USSF Developmental Academy Team at BW Gottschee, in New York. He currently serves as the Asst. Coach of the '94 Georgia Boys ODP Team.
At Molloy, John completed a BA in Mathematics and a MS in Secondary Education, with a Math concentration.
Graduate Assistant- Michael Williams (DePaul University '09)
Michael Williams was named GK Graduate Assistant in June, 2011. He is a native of St. Louis, MO.
Prior to arriving at Southern Polytechnic State University, Michael attended DePaul University in Chicago IL. He was a four year goalkeeper with their Men’s Soccer program. He was a member of one of DePaul’s most successful recruiting classes, leading them to their first Big East and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Michael graduated from DePaul in June of 2010 with a degree in Finance and Marketing, and has enrolled in the MBA program at Southern Poly. His main responsibility with the soccer program will be working with the Goal Keepers.