GGC names Mandy Schneider to assistant women's soccer coach

Georgia Gwinnett College has selected Mandy Schneider to be assistant women’s soccer coach.

Georgia Gwinnett College has selected Mandy Schneider to be assistant women’s soccer coach.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Schneider said. “It’s so exciting to be part of a new program, and with the way the school and administration are backing us, the possibilities for success at GGC are endless.”

The hiring continues a long-standing soccer relationship between Schneider and Domenic Martelli, head women’s soccer coach. Martelli coached Schneider’s club team at Bethesda Park when she was a youth. She then played for Martelli at Georgia State University as a center midfielder from 2002-2005, where she was a four-year letter winner and served as a team captain her senior year.

Schneider has five years of Division-I coaching experience, including two seasons as an assistant at Jacksonville University and the past three years as an assistant to Martelli at Georgia State.

Martelli said Schneider brings a great deal of expertise to the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies, both as a recruiter and a tactical coach.

“Mandy grew up in Georgia and played every level of soccer throughout the state,” said Martelli. “She has working relationships with high school and club coaches, and she knows the exact type of player we are looking for at GGC.”

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Schneider served as an assistant at Salem High School, her alma mater, and coached club teams at Tophat Soccer in Atlanta (2006-2007), Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club (2007-2008), Westside Soccer Club in Jacksonville (2008-2009) and Rockdale Youth Soccer Association (2009-2011). She currently serves as the 14-and-under girls’ coach with the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association.

Schneider said she plans to use her connections on the club and high school level immediately during the recruiting process.

“Recruiting is the most important aspect of our job.  From my experience I will recruit from the wealth of soccer clubs and teams in the Atlanta area and Gwinnett community,” she said. “The biggest thing we will look for at GGC is the player who wants to succeed – players who want to win on and off the field.”

Georgia Gwinnett has applied to become a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Grizzlies will complete their first recruiting class in the coming months and begin their inaugural season in the fall.

The first women’s soccer game has been scheduled for Aug. 25 at 1:00 p.m. against the Tennessee Temple University Crusaders of Chattanooga. The game will be the first of a double-header; the second game will be between the men’s soccer teams. The women’s game will be the first official intercollegiate game for the Grizzlies, as well as the college’s first home game.

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