Greg Cope returns to the Wilmington University coaching in 2013 as the team’s assistant and goalkeeper coach after taking the 2012 season off. He was also an assistant coach under head coach Nick Papanicolas from 2008-11.
Prior to coaching, Cope played one season under Papanicolas and was a member of the 2007 CACC Tournament Championship team.
Cope began coaching in the early 90’s helping out with Kirkwood Soccer programs and as an assistant for the Newark High School women’s team in the spring of 1996. While at Newark, he was the goalkeeper coach and had a successful year coaching a brand new keeper to a 0.93 goals against average, nine shutouts, and 2nd Team All-State honors.
In the fall of 1996, Cope moved to Lexington, Kentucky and joined the University of Kentucky women’s soccer coaching staff. In three years coaching with the Kentucky Wildcats, they achieved a record of 31-27-6 and earned two NCAA Tournament berths (1996 and 1998). His goalkeeper earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 1997. During his time down in Kentucky he also privately trained many keepers.
Once back in Newark, Cope started coaching again for Papanicolas in 2008, coaching Wildcat goalkeeper Duhan Malali to a Second Team All-CACC and Third Team All-Region performance in 2009. He has also helped coached 20 Wildcats to All-CACC honors, including one CACC Conference Player of the Year, 10 All-Region performers, and six All-Americans.
Cope earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management from Wilmington University in the spring of 2008, as well as an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University in 2011.