ELON, NC UNC Greensboro announced Thursday the resignation of assistant men’s soccer coach Darren Powell to accept the position of head men’s soccer coach at Elon University.
“I’m extremely happy for him. It is well-earned,” said UNCG head coach Michael Parker. “I can’t express enough my appreciation towards Darren for all his service to the university. He will do a fantastic job at Elon.”
Powell, UNCG class of 1995, had been the top assistant coach on Michael Parker’s staff for the last four seasons. During those four seasons the Spartans posted a 56-27-3 overall record. The Spartans completed the 2004 season with a 19-3-1 record. UNCG captured the Southern Conference regular season crown for the first time since 1998. The Spartans were a consensus No. 1-ranked team for three weeks during the regular season and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to UC Santa Barbara, 1-0.
“I’m very excited to be a head coach at the Division I level,” said Powell. “I would like to thank Coach Parker and the athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and coach. I wish UNC Greensboro the best in the future.”
Before returning to his alma mater, the former UNCG captain was the head coach at NCAA Division III Greensboro College from 1998-2000, where he led the Pride to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He compiled a record of 50-12-3 in those three seasons and mentored three All-Americans, 11 All-South selections and 24 All-DIAC performers.
Powell played for UNCG from 1991-94. As a player with the Spartans, he became the first player to score more than 100 career points for UNCG at the NCAA Division I level.
Powell, the captain of the team during his junior and senior seasons, led the squad to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993 and 1994. He is currently 12th on the Spartan’s all-time scoring list with 104 points, recording 41 goals and 22 assists.
Powell assumes his duties at Elon on January 1.