Men’s Soccer Coach Preston Goldfarb announces retirement

Photo by Jimmy Mitchell
Photo by Jimmy Mitchell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After a storied 33-year career at Birmingham-Southern College, Head Men's Soccer Coach Preston Goldfarb has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Assistant Coach Greg Vinson, in his 20th season with the Panthers, will take over head coaching responsibilities at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

"Preston not only started our men's soccer program from scratch, but has set a standard of excellence that has made the BSC men's soccer program one of the most respected in the nation," Athletic Director Joe Dean said. "It has been one of the highlights of my time at BSC to watch Preston's work as a coach and ambassador for our College. He has been an institution on the Hilltop and will be greatly missed. I am very pleased that we will be promoting our long-time assistant coach, Greg Vinson, who is not only a very popular person on our campus, but an outstanding coach and recruiter to continue the success of this program."

Goldfarb won over 350 games during his career at Birmingham-Southern after starting the program in 1983. Since then, playing at three different levels (NAIA, NCAA Division I, and NCAA Division III), Goldfarb has led the Panthers to 10 regular season conference titles, including two at the Division I level in the Big South Conference, and seven conference tournament championships. BSC has made five national tournament appearances under Goldfarb's watch, advancing to the semifinals in 1995 and 1999, and the finals in 1996. His teams have produced 41 Academic All-Americans, 35 All-Americans, and two National Players of the Year, and BSC has earned nine consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards (2007-2014).

Goldfarb has been named Regional Coach of the Year three times, and Conference Coach of the Year five times, and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2000. On Oct. 5, 2013, he was honored by BSC's soccer field being named Preston Goldfarb Field.

"In closing the final chapter on my 33 years as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at the conclusion of the 2015 season, I would like to thank my wife, Marie, and our children, Sean and Aly, as well as my brother Morton and his family for their love and understanding and for standing by my side all these years as I lived out my dream job," Goldfarb said. "I would also like to thank Dr. Neal Berte, who hired me in 1983 and allowed me to develop this program from the beginning, and General Charles Krulak, for his support over the past four years. I would also like to thank the administration, in particular my Athletic Director, Joe Dean. We were hired on the same day in 1983 as coaches and became instant friends, and it has carried on to this day. I will always be so very thankful for his support and loyalty to me, not only as my friend, but my boss since 1999.

"I would also like to thank all my former and current players, for without them, we would have no tradition in our program," Goldfarb continued. "They were the house we built together from the foundation and they allowed me to finish our house and make it one of great respect and admiration, doing it our way! In closing, I would be remiss if I did not thank my loyal assistant, Greg Vinson. He played for me from 1991-1995 and became my assistant in 1996, where he has remained by my side every step of the way over the past 20 years. I feel very fortunate to be leaving this program to him. I assure you it could not be in better hands."

Goldfarb's 2015 squad opens the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1, facing Huntingdon in Montgomery, Ala., and the Panthers open their home slate on Friday, Sept. 4, hosting the PUMA Labor Day Classic with a 7:30 p.m. match against Wilmington College on Preston Goldfarb Field.