Mount Olive College Athletics

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Jerry Riggs has stepped down as Mount Olive College men’s head soccer coach, it was announced Monday. During his tenure, Riggs guided the Trojans to their first conference title and first national ranking. A nationwide search for a successor will begin immediately.

Riggs posted a 75-83-10 record in nine years at Mount Olive, compiling the most wins for a Trojans men’s soccer coach. He is the only coach in team history with 10 or more wins in three consecutive seasons (2004-06). In 2004, Mount Olive set a school record with 14 wins and won the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (now Conference Carolinas) Men’s Soccer Championship. The following year, the Trojans made the NSCAA Division II Top 25, the first national ranking in the program's history. Mount Olive was ranked as high as No. 7, becoming the third Trojan athletics program to earn a national top-10 ranking.

Riggs has helped facilitate improvements to the Mount Olive College soccer field during his tenure. Amon Field has added new lights and new bleachers, as well as upgraded its press box in recent years.

Riggs is a 1995 graduate of Mount Olive College and played defender for the Trojan men’s soccer team. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 1993 conference tournament.

Mount Olive College director of athletics Jeff Eisen expressed his appreciation of Riggs’ service to the college. “Jerry has been a valuable member of our department over the years, not only coaching the men’s soccer team, but developing a great soccer facility, helping with game management and our outdoor facilities, and supporting all of our teams,” Eisen said. “We appreciate his dedication to Mount Olive College and wish him well in his future endeavors.”