Head Coach Will Greer
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Will Greer is the new men's soccer coach at Lawrence University. Greer, who served as the interim head coach in 2016, was named the head coach in January 2017.
Greer brought a wealth of coaching experience at multiple levels and a diverse network of soccer connections. Greer was serving as the youth coaching director at Rush Wisconsin Soccer Club in Middleton, Wis., and as a head coach in the Olympic Development Program at the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
"It's just really exciting to be back here in Appleton, to be part of the program, part of the school, part of the community," Greer said. "This is just a great place."
Greer was named interim head coach in September but was a familiar face to the upperclassmen on the team. Greer served as an assistant coach with the Vikings for six seasons from 2007-12. The Vikings made three Midwest Conference Tournament appearances during that stretch. Greer, a 2003 Marian University graduate, led Lawrence to a 5-7-1 record in games he coached in 2016, and the Vikings finished with a 6-10-1 overall mark.
"Changing the way we played on the field was priority No. 1, and changing the culture off the field is important as well," Greer said. "The guys have a lot of passion, a lot of heart, and that's pretty contagious when you're around them. Being around our guys re-energized me in terms of looking for a college coaching job. Coaching at a higher level like this has been exciting. It has really lit a spark inside me."
The Vikings had 11 seniors on the 2016 team so Greer began recruiting immediately back in September. He believes the hard work will pay off with an influx of talent for 2017.
"We want to get the roster to 28 to 30 players and we're on track to do that," Greer said. "When prospective student-athletes come up to see the school and meet the guys, they're very impressed."