Justin Maullin enters his third season as the head men’s
soccer coach at UNCG and his eighth season on the Spartans’
coaching staff. Maullin has guided the Spartans to a pair of
Southern Conference regular season championships as well as an
appearance in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Last season, Maullin coached UNCG to its second straight SoCon title with a 10-8-2 overall record and a 5-1-1 mark in league play. The Spartans allowed just one goal against in SoCon play, out-scoring opponents last season 13-1 en route to its 12th at the NCAA Division I level.
The Spartans had five members named to the Southern Conference postseason teams. Senior Kris Byrd and junior forward Hakan Ilhan picked up First Team honors while junior goalkeeper Peyton Ford and freshman Austin Miller picked up Second Team accolades.
Maullin spent the 2010 season with the “interim” head coaching title but made his promotion an easy decision for UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record, who officially made him the program’s seventh head coach Nov. 22, 2010.
Maullin guided the Spartans to a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, the SoCon Tournament championship and the program’s 12th NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. He was the easy choice for SoCon Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first rookie head coach in the 22-year history of the conference tournament to claim the title.
Maullin, who succeeded long-time head coach Michael Parker, led UNCG to a 12-6-3 overall record in 2010 but the Spartans play down the stretch was the difference in the season. Midway through the year, UNCG owned a 5-5-1 record in early October. The Spartans came to life over the final six weeks of the season, enjoying an 11-match unbeaten streak (8-0-3) which culminated with a 1-0 win over Furman in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game. A 3-0 loss at Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament couldn’t put a damper on a magical season.
Maullin had just nine players return from the 2009 roster and brought 19 new players into the program. Seven of those new players were in the starting lineup on opening night. Among the new players were five all-conference selections, including the Southern Conference’s eventual leading scorer Hakan Ilhan.
Maullin was promoted to the UNCG top spot after spending five years as the program’s full-time assistant form 2005-2009. During his time as an assistant, the Spartans won two SoCon regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Maullin spent six seasons as an assistant at UCF before coming to UNCG. During Maullin’s tenure at UCF, the Golden Knights won 10 or more matches in five out of six seasons, advancing to the NCAA tournament each of his last three seasons. In his six overall seasons at UNCG, the Spartans have advanced to the NCAA tournament four times, with three of those appearances resulting in advancement to the round of 16.
Maullin attended William Carey College in Gulfport, Miss. He graduated from William Carey in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. During his time with the Crusaders, he served as a team captain and earned NAIA Academic All-America honors. He helped William Carey rise to a No. 1 national ranking his senior year.
Maullin was drafted into the Eastern Indoor Soccer League. He played two years for the Cocoa Expos and two years for the Central Florida Kraze. In 1993 he signed with the New Orleans Gamblers.After his graduation from William Carey, he stayed on with the Crusaders as an assistant men’s soccer coach for two seasons, helping to guide the Crusaders to back-to-back NAIA national semifinal appearances. He helped William Carey to a No. 1-ranking again as an assistant coach in 1997 and 1998.
In April 2007, Maullin was inducted into William Carey’s Wall of Fame for his post-graduation successes. Four years later, he was inducted as a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class at William Carey.
Maullin earned a master’s degree from UCF in business administration in December 2001. He and his wife, Brittany, reside in High Point. They welcomed their first son, Hylton, in May of 2012.
Scott Brittsan enters in his 14th year as an assistant coach
with the UNCG men’s soccer program. This is his third season
in a full-time role after serving as a part-time assistant for 11
During his 13 years on staff, Brittsan has helped the Spartans win five regular season Southern Conference titles, including the past two as the top assistant for head coach Justin Maullin. UNCG has recorded a 9-2-3 record in league play the past two years behind the team of Maullin and Brittsan.
Brittsan has also been part of four NCAA Tournament appearances for the Spartans as a coach, helping UNCG make the tournament in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Brittsan assists in all aspects of day-to-day operations, including practice planning and recruiting. He also helps to coordinate a portion of the team’s strength and conditioning workouts. He is also an assistant director of the Spartan Soccer Camps.
Prior to joining the Spartan staff, Brittsan was the varsity boys’ soccer coach at Greensboro Day School, where he compiled a record of 77-20 in five years. In 1996, Brittsan was named Guilford County Coach of the Year and PACIS Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bengals to a conference title and the state independent schools’ title game.
Brittsan has also been active in Greensboro Soccer Club, where he has coached teams to two state titles. He was the 2003 Boys Classic Division Coach of the Year for the Greensboro Soccer Club. He is currently an assistant director with the Greensboro Soccer Club, overseeing the program’s U-15 and U-18 divisions. In addition, he also coordinates the strength and conditioning programs for the U-15 and U-18 divisions.
Brittsan has also previous served as an assistant coach in the North Carolina ODP program.
A 1994 graduate of UNCG, Brittsan was a three-year member of the Spartan men’s soccer team and was a member of the Division II national runner-up squad in 1989.
Jay Benfield, a former standout goalkeeper for the Spartans,
enters his third season as an assistant coach at his alma
Benfield has helped UNCG win back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. He has helped guide goalkeeper Peyton Ford to one of the top keepers in the region as he earned Second Team All-SoCon honors last year. The Spartans only allowed one goal against last season in league play, out-scoring opponents 13-1.
Prior to returning to Greensboro, Benfield served two seasons as an assistant coach at Lees-McRae. He helped the squad to the NCAA Division II tournament Round of 16 after winning the Conference Carolinas regular-season and tournament titles in 2008. In 2009, Lees-McRae was No. 1 in the nation during the regular season, winning the Conference Carolinas regular-season crown. The club finished 18-3-2 and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II national championship game, falling to Fort Lewis.
A 2006 graduate of UNCG, Benfield also currently serves as a coach in the Twin City Youth Soccer Association and has previously served as an assistant coach at West Forsyth High School (2006-2008).
Benfield was a goalkeeper for the Spartans from 2001-2005, helping the UNCG to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 in 2004 and 2005. He logged a school-record 5,324 minutes in goal for the Spartans. An All-SoCon selection as a senior, he was the driving force behind the Spartans’ rise to No. 1 in the nation in 2004 and a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. In 2005, he lifted UNCG into the round of 16 with a pair of stops in penalty kicks at Virginia Tech.
Benfield and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Winston-Salem.
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Will Mack enters his first season as the volunteer assistant
coach at UNCG after a four-year playing career for the
Mack played in 78 career games for UNCG, scoring 13 points on the strength of four goals and five assists. He helped the Spartans win back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships in his final two years, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. He earned SoCon Academic Honor Roll honors his senior season as a fitness leadership major.
Prior to UNCG, Mack was an All-State selection at Mooresville High School where he was twice named team most valuable play. He was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection as well as captain of the North Carolina State ODP team in 2007. He played six seasons for the NCYSA State team and spent 2004 in the USL Super Y League with the South Atlantic Regional team.
Mack is married to his Wife Lauren, who is a 2010 UNCG graduate.