Brian Dunleavy, Head Coach
In his second season at the helm, Dunleavy led the Eagles to a semi-final Sun Belt Conference appearance and finished the regular season tied for third in their inaugural season competing in the Sun Belt.
The Eagles concluded the 2014 season ranked in the Top-75 RPI which is 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 conference opponent for the first time in 12 years early in the season propelled the Eagles to two first-team All Conference and one second-team All Conference selections.
The 2013 season was ravaged with injuries. The Eagles earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award by maintaining a 3.4 GPA.
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 over the course of two seasons, Dunleavy helped the Eagles return to the SoCon Tournament in 2011 and 2012, 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 final. The team finished the season with its first 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, his 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 Charleston where GSU 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 Lions, who compete in the Division II Sunshine State Conference, posted a 15-15 overall record.
Before coming to 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.
After a four year playing career at Hofstra University, from 1999-2002, Dunleavy joined the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach in 2003. He helped the program to win back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association Championships along with NCAA appearances in 2004 and 2005.
Dunleavy 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.
Emily Grant, Assistant Coach
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Emily Grant is in her first season on the coaching staff at Georgia Southern. Grant comes to Georgia Southern from UNLV, where she coached two years as an assistant coach. While with UNLV, Grant was also the head coach of the U-15 and U-17 girls at Heat Football Club in Las Vegas.
Prior to her coaching position with UNLV, Grant attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in classical civilization in 2012. Grant also coached the U-10 and U-14 girls at the Tennessee Soccer Club in Nashville and helped guide the team to the 2012 Tennessee State Cup Finals.
In her time at Vanderbilt, Grant was a two-time team captain and helped the Commodores reach two SEC Tournament quarterfinal rounds during her career. Grant was named overall MVP as a senior and, following graduation, was caption of the Philadelphia Eagles of the Women’s Premiere Soccer League in the summer of 2012.