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GWU's women's soccer team welcomes Mike Varga to the fold. Varga has been hired as an Assistant Coach for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb Women's Soccer Hires Mike Varga as Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: June 07, 2013
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb's women's soccer team and head coach Kevin Mounce are excited to announce the addition of former University of South Alabama head coach Mike Varga to the fold. Varga will fill the vacant Assistant Coach position for the Runnin' Bulldogs starting in the Fall of 2013.

Varga is no stranger to the Division I ranks, having served as South Alabama's head women's soccer coach from 1999 - 2012. The Jaguars' all-time wins leader, Varga led his South Alabama squads to a total of 121 wins during his tenure, including an impressive four wins over opponents from the Southeastern Conference.

The Jaguars won the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2000 under Varga's guidance and were Tournament Runners-Up in 2005. Over his career in Mobile, Ala., Varga saw 20 players selected as All-Sun Belt performers, 7 selected to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team, 21 chosen to the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-Region Team, 3 NSCAA All-Region Team selections, and 1 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America selection.

At South Alabama, Varga led a team that also experienced academic success within the Sun Belt Conference and beyond. Twice Varga's teams earned the Sun Belt's Highest Team GPA Award (2003, 2004). Additionally, Varga led a squad that earned the NSCAA's National Team Academic Award ten different years and had one player land on the NSCAA's Scholar All-America Team over his career at South Alabama.

Prior to his stint with the Jaguars, Varga pioneered the women's soccer team at Division II Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tenn.), serving as the school's first head women's soccer coach in the program's inaugural year (1993). Within five years spearheading the program, Varga led the Railsplitters to a Top 20 National ranking, two Gulf South Conference Championships (1996, 1997), and an impressive 65-25-7 overall record.

At Lincoln Memorial, Varga also served as the men's soccer team's head coach, leading that squad to a Gulf South Tournament Runner-Up finish in 1998 and guiding ten players to earn All-Conference selections.

A 1990 graduate of Division II Ashland Univerity, Varga was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Eagles who graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer. Varga also played three years for the USISL's Knoxville Impact (1995 - 1997).



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