Jeff Bateson is in his first season as an assistant coach at UNCG on Justin Maullin’s staff. Bateson brings 16 years of collegiate head coaching experience to the program, including the past 10 years as the head coach at Guilford College.
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 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 a third team 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 earned his Premier coaching diploma from the NSCAA in 2006. He was an assistant coach with the Carolina Dynamo in the United State Soccer League’s Premier Development League in 2010 and has served as the Boys’ Director of Coaching for the Guilford United F.C. (now part of Greensboro United).
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 and Neala.
Mike DeMara enters his first season as assistant coach at UNCG on Justin Maullin’s staff. DeMara spent the past season as the Director of Soccer Operations for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Old Dominion.
Prior to ODU, DeMara spent two years as an assistant soccer coach at Methodist University. In two seasons at Methodist, he helped the program to a 24-10-3 overall record and a 15-3-1 conference mark. Methodist won the 2013 USA South regular season title, while also reaching the conference tournament championship game. He saw his players earn 13 All-Conference accolades, a Conference Player of the Year, a Rookie of the Year and an NSCAA All-Region selection.
DeMara spent three seasons at the University of Great Falls as an assistant coach from 2010-13. In his first season on staff, UGF posted a 16-4-1 record and won its first conference championship. Great Falls made its first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance that year, beating No. 2 Simon Frasier to reach the Sweet 16. During his second season, UGF compiled a 16-5 record to win its second straight conference championship while also making it back to the Sweet 16.
DeMara, a 2008 graduate of Methodist, spent five years as a player under head coach Justin Terranova. In his final two seasons, he led his team in assists, earning USA South All-Conference honors both years as well as a selection in the 2007 USA South All-Tournament Team. DeMara graduated from Methodist with a Bachelor Degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management.
DeMara also spent time coaching at his alma mater, Great Bridge High School. He has also coached youth teams and camps in Fayetteville, and helped various teams with his former club, Chesapeake United.
DeMara holds a USSF National D coaching license as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Josh Gillon enters his first season a volunteer assistant coach and goalkeeping coach on Justin Maullin’s staff in 2016. Gillon brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience to the program.
Gillon spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at High Point, working with the goalkeepers. He helped the Panthers advance to the 2015 Big South Conference championship game and also turn in their best season defensively in program history. HPU recorded nine shutouts last year and only allowed 18 total goals for a 0.82 goals against average on the season.
Gillon came to HPU after a three-year stint at Catawba College as an assistant coach and goalkeeping coach. He led the charge in recruiting for the Indians and after his first recruiting class saw Catawba improve from 5-12-1 to 11-8-1 in his first year. During his time at Catawba, the Indians posted a .543 winning percentage, winning more games in his first season than the previous three seasons combined.
Gillon began his collegiate coaching career at Saint Leo University, serving as an assistant for two seasons. He also has been the Director of Goalkeeping at the North Carolina Soccer Fusion since 2013. He was the Burke Soccer Association Director of Coaching from 2006-08.
Gillon holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeper Level 2 certification. He is also a member of the US Soccer Coaching Apprentice Program, currently on the USSF Coaching Education Pathway to a B License.