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Jeff Bateson is in his third season as an assistant coach at UNCG on Justin Maullin’s staff in 2018. Bateson is in his 21st season coaching collegiately and has 16 years of collegiate head coaching experience, including 10 years as the head coach locally at Guilford College.
In 2017, Bateson assisted UNCG in recording a double-digit victory total for the third year in a row as the Spartans finished with a 10-7-3 record highlighted by a trip to the SoCon Championship Game. The Spartans are one of only 27 NCAA Division I programs to earn at least 10 victories in each of the last three seasons. Under the help of Bateson, UNCG had three players selected as SoCon All-Freshman along with three players earning SoCon All-Tournament honors. Additionally, the Spartans finished fifth nationally in corner kicks per match, continuing UNCG’s history of attack-minded soccer.
Bateson helped the Spartans post 11-7-2 overall record and a 6-4-0 mark in league play during the 2016 season, advancing to the SoCon Semifinals last season. UNCG led the Southern Conference in scoring at 39 goals and recorded a league-leading 116 points on the year.
Bateson was head coach at Guilford since 2006 and has coached 19 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections during his tenure. Also, his coached a pair of All-Region performers in Scott Meguid (2008) and Freddy Gomez (2013).
Bateson spent two seasons as the head coach at Tri-State University (now Trine University) where five of his student-athletes earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) recognition.
Bateson began his coaching career as the head coach at his alma mater, Alma College, from 2000-04. He coached a pair of All-Region selections during his time as Head Coach at Alma and 11 All-Conference selections. The Scots enjoyed their finest year under Bateson in 2000 when Alma finished 11-6-2 and placed second in the MIAA with an 8-2-2 record.
Bateson was an All-America selection as a senior and helped the Scots to the regional finals in Alma’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He was named the MIAA Most Valuable Player in 1997.
Bateson played with the Premier Development League’s Mid-Michigan Bucks (1997-98) and the Colorado Comets (1999-2000) before devoting himself fully to coaching. He spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons as an assistant coach at Alma, helping the Scots to a 30-9-3 record, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1999.
Bateson holds the Premier coaching diploma from the USC. He was an assistant coach with the Carolina Dynamo in the United State Soccer League’s Premier Development League in 2010. He also as the Boys’ Director of Coaching for the Guilford United F.C. as well as with the GUSA in the same role.
Bateson earned his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Central Michigan University in 2009. He and his wife Kristy, reside in Colfax with their daughters Halena (10) and Neala (9).