BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College Director of Athletics Michael McDonough announced on Thursday the appointment of Greg Gilmore as the head men's soccer coach, the 2012 SVC graduate returning to Bennington to become the program's 18th leader.
Gilmore brings a strong deal of playing and coaching experience to the position as well as a keen familiarity with the Mountaineers. Five years after graduating, he still holds the record for the most games started in team history with 73. His defensive prowess helped lead the Mountaineers to three straight New England Collegiate Conference playoff appearances, the team getting all the way to the league's championship game in both 2010 and 2011.
"When the position first opened up, we immediately thought of Greg as a possible successor," noted McDonough. "The rest was pretty easy. Greg brings to the position knowledge of the game, experience, and — perhaps most importantly — SVC roots."
Gilmore will also assume a part-time role as an assistant sports information director, using his passion for journalism and experience working in the communications field to support the sports information office — primarily for the spring seasons.
"I am extremely excited to be returning to the Mountaineer soccer program and the Southern Vermont College family," Gilmore said. "SVC offers an incredible collegiate experience for student-athletes, and it is a privilege to be returning in this capacity."
Gilmore has most recently been the head coach and director of coaching for Maximum Velocity FC in Lee, N.H. since November 2014 while also heading the boys' varsity team at Farmington High School in Farmington, N.H. In his stint at Farmington, he led the team to its first playoff victory in 39 years. Prior to that, Gilmore was on the other side of the ball from SVC as he was an assistant and goalkeepers coach at Newbury College for the 2013 season.
"I'd like to thank Athletic Director Michael McDonough for the opportunity, and I look forward to working with everyone at the school," Gilmore added. "When I graduated from Southern Vermont in 2012, we had recently hung the first banner for the soccer program since joining the NECC. While there are certainly challenges ahead, I look forward to getting this program where it belongs – which is competing with the best programs that this region has to offer."
Gilmore becomes the fifth Mountaineer alumnus to presently have a head coaching position at the College, among those that he joins being his Southern Vermont dual-sport teammate Dave Gage '10 who will enter his fifth year as the SVC baseball skipper in the 2016-17 academic cycle (Kathleen Newton '04- men's & women's cross country and outdoor track & field, Alyssa Davis '12- softball, Scott Fitzgerald '16- men's & women's volleyball).
"Greg joins four other alumni currently on our coaching staff," McDonough continued. "For the family that is Southern Vermont College Athletics, they bring tremendous value to our student-athletes. We are confident Greg will bring that same commitment and passion to our men's soccer program. We expect the transition with both our current players and recruits to be seamless."
The new men's soccer coach received his Bachelors of Science in History & Politics from SVC in 2012 and is currently nearing the receipt of his Master of Business Administration degree in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Additionally, Gilmore was a three-year player for the Southern Vermont baseball team, being on the SVC pitching staff that helped the squad go to the NECC postseason in both 2010 and 2011 while falling in the championship round in the latter of those years.