Greg Hooks
Greg Hooks
Greg Hooks is the second coach associated with the men's soccer program to be elected to the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame, joining the program's first coach, Frank Kohlenstein, in the Hall. Hooks not only maintained the tradition and strength the program enjoyed prior to his arrival in 1995, but has elevated the program to new heights. In 12 years at the helm of the program, he has won more matches than any other coach in the history of the program. Entering the 2006 season, he owned a 171-40-14 record at the school with two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Match, five overall appearances in the NCAA Tournament, four regular season Peach Belt Conference championships, and six Peach Belt Conference Tournament titles. The 23-1-0 record established by the 1998 team is the best record in the history of the program and is tied with perennial Division I power Indiana for the best record in the history of the NCAA with teams with one loss. However, his success is not limited to just the University. Hooks has built a career record of 261-70-21 (.771) having headed up the programs at Spartanburg Methodist College, Lees-McRae, and the University of Charleston (WV) prior to taking over at USC Upstate. He is the second winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division II men's soccer and is the 20th-ranked winningest coach all-time in the NCAA regardless of division standings. Hooks' 49-16-4 record against Peach Belt Conference competition is the best record in the history of the league. The same goes for the his 23-5-1 record in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. He has been named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year three times and has earned Southeast Region Coach of the Year on three occasions. Hooks has coached eight of the program's 14 100-point scorers, 12 All-Americans, 30 All-Region selections, 39 Peach Belt All-Conference picks, and 38 Peach Belt All-Tournament selections. Six of his players have earned Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year honors, while five of his players have been named the Peach Belt Tournament Most Valuable Player. Hooks also had tremendous success prior to coming to USC Upstate. He finished with a 12-2-1 record in one season at SMC, a 21-9-2 mark at Lees-McRae where he started the soccer program, and a 54-19-3 record at the University of Charleston. In addition to his coaching duties, Hooks served as an instructor in the physical education department from 1995-2006. He earned his doctorate degree from Clemson University in 2001 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Eric and Daniel.

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