Men's Soccer 2013 – Coach Profile

Nick Papanicolas

Nick Papanicolas – Head Coach


Biography

Email - nick.d.papanicolas@wilmu.edu
Office - (302) 356-6757

Nick Papanicolas will enter his tenth season at the helm of the Wilmington University men’s soccer program in 2013. The 2006 and 2009 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year, Papanicolas has led his team to the CACC Tournament in all nine years as head coach. He put together a run in 2007 to the CACC Tournament Championship, and finished the regular season as the number one seed in 2009 while also earning the program’s only bid to the NCAA East Regional Tournament, finishing 15th in the nation. The 2007 campaign was the school’s first CACC title since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in the fall of 2004.

Last season, the Wildcats finished fifth in the CACC with a 6-5 conference record, coming back from a 2-0 first half deficit against Bloomfield in the CACC Quarterfinal to score three times in the second half and advance. The Wildcats run ended in the Semifinals to the eventual CACC Tournament Finalist and host Post University, 1-0. The 2012 regular season schedule featured three NCAA Tournament participants, including the number one team in the NCAA poll LIU Post, Post University, and Franklin Pierce University.

Papanicolas took over the coaching ranks at Wilmington after one season as an assistant in 2003. He helped the Wildcats return to the top of the conference with a regular season record of 10-7-3 during the team’s provisional season into the NCAA.

Prior to joining the Wilmington team, Papanicolas returned to his alma mater to coach at Division III Rowan University for three seasons (2000-02). During his tenure with the Profs, the team culminated a 58-10-2 overall record. Papanicolas was a three year starter on the soccer team at Rowan where he led the team in scoring during his sophomore season and was captain in his final two years. In his three years as a player, he led the Profs to three NCAA berths and the 1998 Final Four.

Papanicolas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. In addition to being the head men’s soccer coach, he works in the University’s Student Life Department.

Year

Record

Conference Record (Finish)

Highlights

2004

4-10-4

4-3-1 (4th)

CACC Quarterfinals

2005

5-11-2

2-4-2 (6th)

CACC Quarterfinals

2006

11-5-4

5-1-2 (2nd)

CACC Semifinalists

CACC Coach of the Year

2007

12-5-2

7-1-1 (2nd)

CACC Champions

2008

12-6-2

7-2-1 (5th)

CACC Quarterfinals

2009

19-3-1

11-0 (1st)

CACC Semifinalists

NCAA East Regional Second Round

CACC Coach of the Year

2010

6-11-2

5-5-1 (4th)

CACC Quarterfinals

2011

8-7-4

7-2-2 (2nd)

CACC Quarterfinals

2012

12-8

6-5 (5th)

CACC Semifinals

Totals (9 years)

89-66-21 (.565)

54-23-10 (.678)

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