Head Men's Soccer Coach
Jimmy Stephens enters his 14th season as Head Men's Soccer Coach in 2018, guiding the program he helped begin as a member of the inaugural team in 1992. A 2011 Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Stephens is one of the longest tenured coaches on staff posting a 118-121-13 overall record through 13 seasons.
During that time, the Lions have a conference tournament championship (2006) in addition to four conference tournament finals appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010), and four GSAC Players of the Year. Stephens has mentored three goals per game national statistical champions during the three-year stretch from 2006-2008.
Piedmont became the only Division III men’s soccer program to ever have three straight goals per game national statistical champions (Drew Griffin in 2006 & 2007, Jorge Pradilla in 2008) and one of just two programs in Division III history, along with Medaille, to have two different players lead the nation in points per game. Drew Griffin did so in 2007 while Jorge Pradilla followed up that season with his own statistical national championship in 2008.
Showcasing his offensive prowess, Stephens produced the Great South Athletic Conference’s top individual scorer each of his first seven seasons at the helm while his team also led the league offensively in goals and points during those seven years.
Stephens’ peers recognized his accomplishments as he was twice named the GSAC Coach of the Year (2006, 2007) while also guiding the men’s team to the NSCAA Team Academic Award for carrying at least a 3.0 team grade point average in 10 of his first 13 seasons at Piedmont.
As a player on the first-ever Piedmont College men’s soccer team, Stephens helped establish the storied tradition of men’s soccer at Piedmont. He served as the team captain for three years and was also recognized as the Most Versatile Player by the coaching staff for his play on the field. In his final season suiting up for the Lions, Stephens helped lead his team as a senior captain to a 14-4-2 record and a share of the Georgia Athletic Conference championship.
Following his own graduation, Stephens remained at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1995-1996 under then Head Coach Jason Smith as the teams finished as the runner-up in the Georgia Athletic Conference. Following two years at Piedmont, Stephens transitioned to a head coach leading Emmanuel College’s Men’s Soccer program for five seasons and spent three seasons as the Head Women’s Coach at Emmanuel. Stephens was tasked with beginning the women’s program in 2002 and in 2003 his men’s team received a bid to the NAIA Regional Tournament while tallying the program’s first winning record at 12-6.
Stephens also spent three seasons as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Piedmont winning 26 games during that time. The Lady Lions had 10 All-Conference selections and 16 All-Academic honorees under Stephens who also produced seven All-Freshman award winners including the conference Freshman of the Year in 2006 (Katie Porter) who led the league in scoring, one of eight such players to do that on the men’s and women’s side combined for the veteran head coach.
A 1995 graduate of Piedmont College, Stephens earned his undergraduate degree in history with a minor in secondary education and physical education. Stephens is a member of the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 21st induction class in 2011 and is one of three men’s soccer inductees.
Currently residing in northeast Georgia, Stephens holds a “B” License from the United States Soccer Federation and is also an active member of the United Soccer Coaches.