Men's Soccer 2014 – Coach Profile

Nick Papanicolas

Nick Papanicolas – Head Coach


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Nick Papanicolas will enter his 11th season at the helm of the Wilmington University men’s soccer program in 2014. The 2006 and 2009 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year, Papanicolas has led his team to the CACC Tournament in all 10 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 first 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 fourth in the CACC with a 7-4-1 conference record, defeating Concordia in the CACC Quarterfinals on their home turf. Their CACC Tournament run came to an end against top seeded Post, but the Wildcats would get their revenge over their conference rival. Wilmington earned its second ever bid into the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament as the sixth seed, playing against Post on the campus of Southern New Hampshire. A header in the 105th minute sent the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory and into the second round, capturing the program’s and the CACC’s first ever NCAA victory. The team lost to Southern New Hampshire in the second round, who eventually went on to win the NCAA Division II National Championship.

In the 2013 regular season finale, Papanicolas, the only coach in the 11 year history of the program since turning NCAA eligible, recorded his 100th career victory with a 4-0 win over Georgian Court University. After 10 years, he has collected a 102-72-23 overall record, good enough for a .576 winning percentage.

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.



Conference Record (Finish)




4-3-1 (4th)

CACC Quarterfinals



2-4-2 (6th)

CACC Quarterfinals



5-1-2 (2nd)

CACC Semifinals

CACC Coach of the Year



7-1-1 (2nd)

CACC Tournament Champions



7-2-1 (5th)

CACC Quarterfinals



11-0 (1st)

CACC Semifinals
NCAA East Regional Second Round
CACC Coach of the Year



5-5-1 (4th)

CACC Quarterfinals



7-2-2 (2nd)

CACC Quarterfinals



6-5 (5th)

CACC Semifinals



7-4-1 (4th)

CACC Semifinals
NCAA East Regional Second Round

Totals (10 years)

102-72-23 (.576)

61-27-11 (.672)