SGSC  Soccer Coaches

Jacob Crawford, Head Coach

Coach Jacob Crawford has been with South Georgia State College since August of 2017.  Coach Crawford has been able to get the program back on track in his time with SGSC after sudden coaching changes interrupted the program's success.  The program has showed tremendous steps in his tenure to re-establishing a winning tradition, including a GCAA Conference Championship appearance in 2020 and two consecutive GCAA Coach of the Year Awards in 2019 & 2020.  The 2021-2022 school year will mark his fifth season with South Georgia.  We look forward to the continued growth of our Women's Soccer program under his leadership. 

Coach Crawford is an alumnus of South Georgia College where he played from 2006-2007. After SGC, he transferred  to Valdosta State University and graduated in 2010.  He holds a B.S in Middle Grades Education from Valdosta State and a  M.S. in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.  Coach Crawford works with for United Futbol Academy's South Georgia Branch as a staff coach.  He also serves on the Georgia ODP Technical Coaching Staff and is the site director for the South Regional Identification Center within Georiga ODP.  He  holds a USSF B Coaching License and will be pursuing his A license starting in January.  He also holds a Premier Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.  He lives in Valdosta with his wife and son,  Leslie and Finley.

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Michael Petrella, Assistant Coach

Coach Michael Petrella serves as the Assistant Coach and Goalkeeping Coach for South Georgia State College.  He will be entering his fifth season with the college and has demonstrated his commitment to the program's success by overseeing the development of the goalkeepers during his tenure, including two all-conference goalkeeper selections. 

Coach Petrella is currently the Boys Varisty Head Coach at Berrien County High School in Nashville, GA.  Before Berrien, he was the Boy's Varsity Assistant at Valdosta High School from 2014-2018 which culminated with the program's first Region 1-6A Championship in the 2018 season. Coach Mike is also a trainer for UFA South Georgia's Academy, and is a youth technical trainer for individual advancement.  Coach Petrella holds a B.A in Physical Education from Valdosta State University, a USSF E Coaching License, and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma.

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