Georgia State University

Georgia State University Athletics
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Brett Surrency

Appointed head coach prior to the 2010 season, Surrency quickly orchestrated a Panthers’ turnaround from a losing season to their best finish in the Colonial Athletic Association since they joined the conference in 2005. The initial year laid the groundwork for his program’s philosophy going forward: High expectations, hard work and excellence on the field of play.


2017 was another year of a high-powered offense, with the team outscoring its opponents 36-21. The team finished second in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the third year in a row, falling to Coastal Carolina for the second year in a row. Georgia State led the Sun Belt in players earning All-Conference honors for the second year in a row, with eight awards going to the Panthers.


The team's biggest win of the season came with its 2-1 overtime victory over then-No. 2 Wake Forest. The Panthers defeated the highest-ranked opponent in program history and tied the Georgia State record for highest-ranking opponent defeated, with softball defeating No. 2 Alabama in 2012.


In 2016, Surrency coached the Panthers to a season-high No. 11 scoring offense. The team finished 14-8, ending the season with a second-place finish in the SBC Tournament.


The season was highlighted by an explosive offense, with GSU outscouring its opponents 42-25. GSU was dominant on both sides of the ball, posting seven shutouts and eight student-athletes with more than two goals.The Panthers earned their first win in series history over powerhouse opponent Duke on the road, taking the Blue Devils into overtime to secure the victory.


In 2015, the Panthers produced a 9-8-1 (even though the "tie" was a shootout win over Georgia Southern). GSU ranked No. 10 in the final NSCAA Southeast Regional poll after nine weeks in the Top 10 and a highest ranking at No. 6.


The Panthers advanced to the Sun Belt Championship Match after a dramatic comeback semifinal win over Georgia Southern. Down, 3-0, GSU rallied to tie and then win on shootouts. For a second straight year, GSU fell to Hartwick for the championship.


In 2015, GSU had an All-Region pick (Eddie Wilding) and four All-Sun Belt Conference honorees (Wilding, Conor Acheson, Hannes Burmeister and Liam Fitzsimmons). Six times, GSU had the Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week.


GSU beat Brown 3-2 early in the 2015 season when the Bears were top 25 ranked, as well as No. 68 RPI North Florida. Georgia State was No. 5 in the NCAA in scoring in 2015 (2.28 goals per match) with a top match of six goals (vs. NJIT) that was the most in a game since 1994.


In 2014, GSU began play in a newly-formed Sun Belt league and finished second with a 3-2 mark with an 8-10 overall mark. Four Panthers earned All-Sun Belt status with Rashid Alarape and Stephen McGill earning first-team honors, while Chris Locandro and Aaron Jones garnered second-team recognition. The Panthers finished with the highest RPI in the Sun Belt and finished by winning four of the final six matches.


In April 2014, former defender Michael Nwiloh was selected with the second pick in the fourth round by Chivas USA in the MLS SuperDraft. He came to Georgia State in 2010 and thanks to the guidance of Surrency he became the first GSU men’s soccer player to sign a professional contract with a MLS franchise.


After a slow start in 2013, Surrency’s team built momentum that saw the Panthers finish the season 9-4-1 over the final 14 matches to finish the 2013 campaign with a 9-9-1 mark. GSU strung together a six-match unbeaten streak that included a 1-1 draw on the road against No. 6 Washington, which reached the elite eight of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Panthers then had a three-match winning streak that began with a 2-0 win against No. 9 Furman. Victory was GSU’s first against a top-10 team since a 2-1 win over Clemson in 2001.


In 2012, Surrency pushed his players as they faced many elite teams including top-ranked Maryland and No. 15 Old Dominion. During a season when the Panthers played in 12 games decided by one goal, the team never stopped fighting, which was apparent in the back-to-back overtime wins to end the season.


In 2011, Georgia State accomplished many firsts including its first NCAA tournament and CAA tournament appearances in school history. The 2011 squad achieved the program’s highest RPI ranking in school history at No. 26 on the way to its most wins (13) since 1986. The team tied the school record for shutouts with nine and placed three players on the All-CAA team.


With a background as a two-time, all-conference defender, Surrency brought to GSU a system that is organized and disciplined on the back end. The 2010 men’s soccer team embodied the hard-working, disciplined approach of its new head coach. Surrency guided the team through difficult losses that forced several key members, including four-year starter Joe Castaldo and 2009 All-CAA third-team member Chris Peacos, off its back line. The Panthers fought to a 7-7-3 overall record and an eighth-place finish in the CAA.


The Gainesville, Fla. native saw his team accomplish many firsts in his initial year at the helm, including winning its CAA opener for the first time in school history and notching its first win over NCAA tournament participant Old Dominion in an emotional 4-3 decision. But Surrency holds higher expectations for his Panthers, mainly to contend for titles and NCAA tournament bids every season.


As a former dedicated, Division I student-athlete, Surrency expects his players to accept his challenge of a blue-collar mentality and disciplined approach to the game.


“Fitness is a huge part of our program and quite a high demand that we place on the players,” Surrency said. “I’m a big believer in trying to reach the full potential, fitness-wise, and feel that it can be an ultimate separator at the end of a game. In the same breath, we want our guys to understand the game and be able to make the right decisions. We feel like we play a good brand of soccer that places the emphasis on the players seeing and reacting to the situations presented in the game.”


Surrency continues to add many talented players to his squad year in and year out, including a mix of local and international talent. This has allowed Surrency and his staff to develop depth at every position that will to help the Georgia State men’s soccer to continue improving in the coming years.


“We are trying to bring in players that will fit into our vision for the program,” Surrency said. “Those players could be local, domestic or international as long as they show the drive to be successful on and off the field and in the classroom.”


He is as experienced with the GSU men’s soccer program as any person. He has been a member of the coaching staff since 2005. He spent one year as a graduate assistant prior to his four as an assistant coach, where he assisted in all aspects of the program.


Surrency has a United States Soccer Federation National B License and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He has worked with the Georgia Soccer Olympic Development program, leading the 1995 age group state team to the national championships in March of 2012. Surrency has also worked with KYX out of Jacksonville, Fla., Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club and Atlanta Youth Soccer Association.


Before joining GSU in 2005, Surrency spent the 2004 season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Jacksonville University. He held multiple responsibilities with the Dolphins including daily training sessions, training non-traveling players and assisting with administrative work.


Surrency was a four-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic performer and a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference honoree at Jacksonville. He earned Atlantic Sun first-team honors in his senior year of 2003 and second team laurels as a sophomore in 2001. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain as a center back. He earned the Bill Coulthart Award as the Dolphins’ most valuable player in 2003.


Surrency received the 2003 Douglas B. Milne Award recognizing excellent sportsmanship by the Jacksonville athletic department, and was a NSCAA/Adidas 2003 College Men Scholar All-South Region team member.


Surrency earned his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Jacksonville in 2004 and added a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 2007. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Soccer in the Streets, AfterSchool All-Stars, Boys and Girls Club and organized various clinics in the soccer community.


Surrency was born Aug. 11, 1982 in Houston, Texas and is the son of Donald and Susan Surrency. He is married to the former Crystal Cantrell and they have a daughter, Grey Harper Surrency, who was born Dec. 16, 2012, and a son, Rowen Donald Surrency, born on May 5, 2015. The family resides in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta.

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Ricky Davey

Ricky Davey joined the Georgia State men's soccer program as an assistant coach in the spring of 2018. Davey comes to Georgia State following a one-year stint at Francis Marion.


“I’m excited about the addition of Ricky to our program and I know he will do a wonderful job,” Surrency said. “Ricky is a young, ambitious coach and our current and future players will really benefit from his presence.”


Prior to his time with the Patriots, Davey served as the graduate assistant coach at Le Moyne College from 2015-2016, where he also earned a master’s degree in education. During his two seasons with the Dolphins, Le Moyne posted a combined 26-11-3 record and made two appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament.


He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2014, a year that saw the Chargers go 13-4-2.


Davey has experience working with the Syracuse (NY) Development Academy and the Huntsville (AL) Football Club. He spent one season as head varsity boys' soccer coach at Grissom High School in Huntsville.


He earned his undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Montevallo in 2014. In his three seasons with the Falcons, he tallied 16 goals and 20 assists. Davey was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference team once, earned PBC Tournament MVP honors in 2013, was twice named NSCAA All-Region, and helped Montevallo to a pair of conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.


Davey played at Appalachian State for one season in 2010 before transferring to Montevallo.


Following his collegiate career, he played several years in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) with the Rocket City United (Huntsville, Ala.), the Birmingham (AL) Hammers, and the Rochester (NY) RiverDogz.


He represented England at the U18 level against Scotland in 2008 and played and trained with the Yeovil Town Football Club (England) and the Orgyte Futbol Club (Sweden).


“I am delighted to be joining the Georgia State coaching staff and I look forward to contributing to the reputation and success they have built over the years,” Davey said. “I am extremely excited to be working with this talented group of players and I am positive that with this coaching staff, we will keep building on recent successes and make progress every time we step on the pitch. Georgia provides some fantastic soccer opportunities for young players and we hope to continue recruiting the best players from the state. I would like to say a big thank you to Brett and the GSU Athletics Department for giving me the opportunity to become a Panther.”


Davey possesses a USSF D License and a National Diploma and an Advanced National Diploma, GK Level 1&2 from the NSCAA.

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Daniel Mohsen

Daniel Mohsen began with the Georgia State men's soccer program as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2017 season. Mohsen comes to Georgia State following a one-year stint at Piedmont College.


Prior to his year at Piedmont College, Mohsen served as a graduate assistant coach at NAIA member school William Penn. While with William Penn, Mohsen served as the program's interim head coach during the spring of 2015 and oversaw all aspects of the program. Beginning with the Statesmen in 2014, he spent two seasons with the team where he helped them to a combined 15-17-5 overall record and a 3rd place conference finish in 2014.


The Statesmen saw six All-Conference selections during Mohsen's time with the program and also had one player named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Team in the College Division. Assisting with the recruitment for the program, Mohsen headed up the reserves at William Penn as well helped to build a roster of nearly 60 players.


Prior to beginning his collegiate coaching career, Mohsen played for Limestone College, a NCAA Division II member institution located in Gaffney, South Carolina. He helped the Saints to a Conference Carolinas Tournament championship in his senior year, as well as helping the team to a regular season co-championship.


The Saints defeated top-seeded Erskine to win the 2013 conference tournament and move to No. 13 in the nation. The team finished the season with a 15-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 Seed in the Southeast Regional bracket.


The Conference Carolinas titles were the second straight for Limestone, as the Saints also took home 2012 tournament title and regular season co-champion title. Mohsen appeared in 37 games for the Saints and tallied a pair of assists and four goals during his sophomore year.


At the beginning of his collegiate playing career, Mohsen spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 polishing his playing skills by competing in the PDL with the Springfield Demize the summer after playing for the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL. Additionally, he served on the Soccer Experience Camp Staff with Nuno Piteira held at Reinhardt University in the summers from 2012 to 2014.


Spending time on the summer camp circuit as a coach, Mohsen worked camps at Division I intuitions Creighton University (Nebraska) and Clemson. Creighton has appeared in 22 of the last 23 NCAA Tournaments, making appearances in the College Cup (Final Four) on five different occasions while Clemson has advanced to the NCAA Tournament four out of the past five seasons.


Mohsen is familiar with the Georgia soccer scene, playing at Brookwood High School as a four-year starter and an All-State selection with the Broncos. He played club soccer for GSA and helped the 92 R3PL team to three-consecutive state championships.


Mohsen earned an NSCAA National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced Diploma, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Limestone College in May of 2014. He completed his Masters in Business Leadership in May of 2016.

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