Gareth O’Sullivan returns for his fourth season at the helm of the Laker women’s soccer program. Throughout his soccer coaching career, O’Sullivan has built a strong reputation when it comes to developing teams into championship-caliber programs. He proved that with an NCAA Division II National Championship at Christian Brothers and is already bringing that same desire to the Clayton State Laker women’s soccer program.
Taking over a Laker program that had recorded only 11 victories combined in its three previous seasons, O'Sullivan has led the team to three straight winning seasons for a combined 31-18-10 record. The Ballina, Ireland native guided the Lakers in 2013 to a 12-4-6 record to claim the program’s first Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles since 2005. In addition, the Lakers advanced to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005. For his efforts, O’Sullivan was named PBC Coach of the Year and D-II Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
Since his arrival, O’Sullivan has turned the women’s soccer program around with consecutive winning seasons. His 2011 squad finished the season with a 9-7-2 record and that was followed up in 2012 with a 10-7-2 record.
In the past three seasons, the Lakers have boasted 14 All-Peach Belt Conference selections – including the 2013 PBC Player of the Year in Alicia Robinson. In addition, seven Lakers earned All-Region selections during O’Sullivan’s tenure while Robinson earned NSCAA All-America honors in 2013.
Prior to Clayton State, O’Sullivan served as the head coach of the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer league from 2009-10. While at the Atlanta Beat, O’Sullivan coached USA National team players, Hope Solo, Tobin Heath, Lori Chalupny & Angie Kerr. Before his stint with the Beat, O’Sullivan was a professional head coach in the Icelandic Premier League for three seasons.
However, it’s at the NCAA Division II level where O’Sullivan made his mark, serving as head coach at Christian Brothers, West Georgia and now Clayton State. He was head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Christian Brothers from 1997 to 2003. He posted a record of 87-19-3 with the Christian Brothers women, leading the Lady Bucs to three straight Gulf South Conference championships, an NCAA Division II national runner-up finish in 2001 and the NCAA Division II national championship in 2002.
As the men’s head coach, O’Sullivan went 61-49, leading the Bucs to the 2000 Gulf South Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16."
From Christian Brothers, O’Sullivan started the women’s program at West Georgia. After the inaugural season in 2004, he helped pace the Wolves to a 13-7-1 mark in 2005, advancing to the Gulf South Conference Tournament semifinals. Overall, O’Sullivan has a 205-100-22 record at the NCAA Division II level, including 136-44-15 as a women’s head coach.
He was a three-time Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year selection. While at Christian Brothers, O’Sullivan coached three Division II All-Americans, including two-time Division II National Player of the Year Missy Gregg.
Prior to his first head coaching position, O’Sullivan played in the League of Ireland Premier Division with Sligo Rovers. He also had stints in the USISL, A-League and CISL. He also spent time training with Swedish teams IFK Goteborg & GAIS and 1992 English Premier League team Coventry City.
- 1989-1992 University of Memphis –NCAA I
- 1993 Memphis Express --USISL
- 1994-1995 New Orleans Gamblers --A-League
- 1996-1997 Sligo Rovers –League of Ireland Premier Division
- 1997 Indiana Twisters –CISL
- 1997-2003 Christian Brothers University –NCAA II (Men & Women)
- 2003-2006 University of West Georgia –NCAA II (Women)
- 2006 Memphis Mojos –AISL Pro (Men)
- 2006-2008 Afturelding –Iceland Premier League (Women)
- 2008-2009 KR –Iceland Premier League (Women)
- 2009-2010 Atlanta Beat –WPS (Women’s Pro soccer)
- 2011- Clayton State University –NCAA II (Women)
O'Sullivan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis in 1992, where he played collegiately for the Tigers. He and his wife, Anna, are proud parents of two sons - Liam and Tomas.