Dunleavy resigns to take an assistant coaching job at Mississippi State

Ryan Kostensky

The Georgia Southern Women’s soccer club is in search of a new head coach after Brian Dunleavy stepped down to take an assistant coaching position at Mississippi State University. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for my family and I to be a part of Mississippi State University,” Dunleavy said in a press release. “The athletic department here has an unparalleled atmosphere of positivity, and there is a strong desire for the women’s soccer program to reach the highest levels of success.”

Dunleavy was head coach of the Eagles since 2013 and led GS to 41 wins making him the winningest head coach in team history, despite the team not having made a semifinal appearance in the Sun Belt tournament since 2014. 

Prior to taking over as head coach, Dunleavy served as an assistant for two seasons. In 2012, GS won the Southern Conference tournament to cap a 10-8-5 season.

GS will begin a national search to find a new head coach. Ironically, the season opens with an Aug. 15 exhibition game against MSU in Columbus, Georgia before the season opener at Maryland Aug. 22.

McClain Baxley contributed to this article.

Ryan Kostensky, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu