Eric Faulconer Promoted to Head Coach of North Florida Women's Soccer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced the promotion of Eric Faulconer from associate head coach to head coach of the Osprey Women's Soccer program following the resignation of Robin Confer to pursue opportunities outside coaching.

"I appreciate the hard work and dedication that Robin poured into our women's soccer program," Moon said. "She did a great job of building a successful culture and definitely raised the level of play and expectations. I am excited to see what the future holds for her and wish her the best. I am thrilled to be able to promote Eric to the position of head coach. He has a proven track record for developing championship level programs and he is also a perfect fit for our department with his commitment to creating successful student-athletes both on and off the field. I look forward to watching him lead our program to even greater heights."

Since Faulconer's arrival in 2017 as an assistant coach and promotion to associate head coach in 2018, the Ospreys recorded the most wins over two seasons (16) since a span in 2011-12. The team's nine wins in 2017, matched the second most for a season in the program's Division I era and marked the most in a season since 2011. The 2017 campaign also resulted in the program's first winning record (9-6-1) since 2006. North Florida recorded the lowest (2017) and second lowest (2018) goals against average in the Division I era.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the fourth women's soccer head coach of the Division I era at the University of North Florida," stated Faulconer. "I want to thank athletic director Lee Moon, senior associate athletic director Donna Kirk and the UNF administration for their belief in me to lead this program forward into the future. I am extremely grateful to Robin Confer for her support in regards to this transition. Robin has improved this program on so many levels.  Osprey women's soccer is in a much better place both on and off the field due to her hard work.  I am confident that we are poised to take the next step and many of the pieces are in place for us to do so.  We have a talented roster. Ten of our starters from this past season were sophomores or freshmen. Though we were on the wrong side of a few very close results in 2018, the experience they gained will be invaluable moving forward. I look forward to our continued growth as a program and we will keep working hard to move toward the top of the very competitive ASUN conference. UNF is an outstanding institution, with a beautiful campus located in a great coastal city.  I have spent a good part of my life in the state of Florida growing up in Naples and spending fifteen years in Tallahassee.  Florida has always been home and I am humbled to lead one of the eight NCAA Division I programs with women's soccer in the state university system."

Faulconer joined the North Florida women's soccer sideline after 12 seasons at the helm of the Armstrong State University women's soccer program. The Armstrong soccer program and the athletic department were eliminated due to consolidation with Georgia Southern University. In 12 seasons at ASU, Faulconer compiled a 172-54-23 record for the Pirates, leading them to the NCAA Championships nine times, earning three Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, two NCAA Southeast Region titles and advancing to the DII Final Four in 2011. His overall record stands at 240-98-29 in 18 seasons. He currently ranks in the Top 20 in NCAA Division II's all-time coaching winning percentage at .694. Throughout his 18-year collegiate coaching career, he has been named the NSCAA Region Coach of the Year six times.

He was tabbed to start the Armstrong State women's soccer program in 2005 after a successful stint at Thomas University, where he also built the Night Hawks program from scratch, beginning in 1999. Faulconer led the Night Hawks to the NAIA National Championships in 2003, also earning NSCAA Region Coach of the Year honors, and the last three seasons his Thomas squad was ranked nationally in the NAIA.

In addition to his coaching duties, Faulconer served as the Interim Athletic Director at Armstrong State University from April 1-July 1, 2009 while also serving as the NSCAA National Chair of NCAA Division II Women (2014-2017), the NSCAA National Advocacy Committee College Coaches Representative (2015-2017) and the Region Chair of NSCAA Southeast Ranking Committee (2011-2013).

Faulconer is a 2017 Armstrong State Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee and was selected to the Armstrong State University Wall of Honor recognizing the top 250 employees in the 83 year history of the institution.

Born in New Jersey, Faulconer's family moved to Naples, Florida, in 1979. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1992 and a master's degree in public administration in 1996, with additional graduate course work in sports administration. He and his wife, Ginger, have two sons, Zachary and Ethan.

Holding a USSF National B License, Faulkner is also currently the Assistant Coach with United States Youth Soccer South Region 2003 Girl's Olympic Development Program Team.

Confer just concluded her fifth season at UNF and finishes her career with a 31-46-7 record including 12 victories in ASUN play and four appearances in the ASUN Tournament.

"I have spent my entire adult life on a soccer field, both as a player and a coach," said Confer. "It has been an incredible journey with many ups and downs along the way, but filled with tremendous memories. After much thought and reflection, I have decided it is time for the next chapter of my life and to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. I am extremely grateful for my time here at the University of North Florida. I can say with confidence that the program is in a good place and I know that Eric will do a tremendous job. It is a well-deserved appointment for him. I want to thank the UNF administration, my assistant coaches Eric and Devin Zvosec, as well as my coaching and support staff colleagues in the department for their support along the way. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with a lot of outstanding student-athletes for more than 20 years, who have achieved great success both on and off the field. I am excited for what lies ahead for me personally and wish nothing but the best for the program. Go Ospreys!"

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