Coastal brings a six-game winning streak into the contest
Coastal Carolina is 6-2-1 all-time against the Gamecocks
Coastal Carolina is 78-20-6 (.778) all-time at the CCU Soccer Stadium
Friday's match will mark the fifth between the regional foes since the 2011 season
The Chanticleers defeated four ranked opponents in 2013
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Shaun Docking enters his 17th season as the head coach of the Coastal Carolina University's men's soccer program. In his tenure, he has led the Chanticleers to a 213-96-26 (.674) overall record and a 92-22-7 (.789) Big South Conference record. Docking also carries an impressive postseason resume, as he has led Coastal Carolina to nine Big South Regular Season Championships, six Big South Tournament Championships and nine trips to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, he has posted a 233-115-28 (.656) record in 18 seasons as a head coach and has earned seven Big South Coach of the Year awards.
Shaun Docking is a seven-time Big South Coach of the Year and the winningest coach in Coastal Carolina history.
In addition to his seven Big South Coach of the Year honors at Coastal Carolina, Docking has coached eight NSCAA Division I All-Americans, 32 NCAA All-Region performers, a NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection, four NSCAA Scholar All-Americans, 68 All-Conference selections, 41 All-Tournament selections, 11 Big South Players of the Year, three Freshman of the Year, six Big South Tournament MVP's, three BSC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, four MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, one Senior CLASS Award finalist and one Howard Bagwell Award winner.
Sixteen of Docking's former players have entered the pro ranks. Pedro Ribeiro became Docking's latest MLS product after the midfielder was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Also signing professionally after the 2013 season was Justin Portillo, who inked with the Charleston Battery of the USL Pro league. Following the 2012 season Ashton Bennett was selected by Toronto FC with the first pick of the second round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft. Also turning professional in his native Norway after the 2012 season was defender Henrik Robstad and Kjartan Sigurdsson signed professionally in his native Iceland. At the conclusion of the 2011 season Cyprian Hedrick was selected in the second round with the 30th overall by Sporting Kansas City, while goalkeeper Scott Angevine signed a free agent deal with Sporting KC. After the 2004 season, Boyzzz Khumalo (2002-04) and Mubarike Chisoni (2001-04) were both drafted in the 2005 MLS draft. Khumalo was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the third round with the 36th overall pick. Chisoni was taken by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the fourth round as the 48th overall selection. In the spring of 2004, Ngwenya (2000-03) was drafted third in the MLS draft by the L.A. Galaxy and Peter Louis was selected by FC Dallas. In the spring of 2002, Tyler Hughes (1998-2001) and Thomas Rutter (1999-2002), signed pro contracts to play for the Toronto Lynx (A-League) and Wilmington Hammerheads (USLSD), respectively. In 2006 Jordie Hughes (2002-05) signed to play for the Charleston Battery (A-League), while Joseph Kabwe (2004-05) inked with the Charlotte Eagles (USLSD). Luke Ibbetson (2006) signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2007. Mkhokheli Dube, the 2007 Big South Player of the Year, was selected eighth overall by the New England Revolution in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
The 2013 campaign was another banner season for the Chanticleers as Docking led the squad to a 19-5-0 overall record and captured both the Big South regular season and tournament championships and made a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. In addition, Coastal's 19 wins led the nation and the squad finished ranked 15th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll after climbing to as high as fifth during the regular season. The Chants defeated three nationally ranked opponents during the regular season and upset 13th-seeded Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coastal's offensive and defensive units were equally impressive in 2013 as the Chanticleers ranked 11th in the NCAA in both scoring offense (1.96 goal per game) and shutout percentage (0.50). The Coastal attack tallied 47 goals on the year, ranking second in the nation, while the defense conceded only 20 goal to rank 34th with a 0.83 goals against average. In addition, Coastal ranked third in the country in assists (44) and total points (138).
2013 marked the third consecutive season Docking led a Chanticleer sweep of the Big South postseason player of the year honors as Pedro Ribeiro was named Attacking Player of the Year and Shawn McLaws garnered the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honor. In addition to Coastal's conference honors, Ribeiro was named a NSCAA First Team All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. Ribeiro along with McLaws, Uchenna Uzo and Justin Portillo also earned NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region plaudits. Moreover, both Portillo and Uzo were selected as NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.
In total, the 2013 Chanticleers were bestowed a conference-high 11 postseason awards. Joining Ribeiro and McLaws on the first team were Justin Portillo, Devin Cook and Ricky Garbanzo. Uzo received second team recognition, while Sergio Camargo and Kai Morton picked up all-freshman honors. Portillo was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
Docking picked up his seventh Big South Coach of the Year honors as a Chanticleer in 2012 after leading the Chants to a 20-2-3 overall record, including a record-setting 10-0-0 mark in Big South play. Coastal closed the season ranked a program-high 11th by the NSCAA and 12th by College Soccer News, won a second straight Big South regular season title and tied the program's best postseason run with a NCAA Round of 16 appearance. The Chants also hosted its second straight NCAA First Round game, downing Elon 3-0, and defeated No. 14 Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime in the tournament's round of 32.
Coastal's defensive unit was one of the best in the country in 2012, holding opponents to only 22 goals in 25 games while posting 12 shutouts. Moreover, the Chants surrendered only two goals in conference play. The Chants finished the season ranked 10th in the NCAA with a 0.48 shutout percentage and 27th with a 0.85 team goals against average.
For the second straight year Docking led Coastal to a sweep of the Big South's postseason player of the year honors as Ashton Bennett earned his second Attacking Player of the Year award and Kjartan Sigurdsson was tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to league honors, Bennett was named a NSCAA First Team All-American, a Senior CLASS Award finalist and MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. Bennett along with Sigurdsson, Uchenna Uzo, Justin Portillo and Pedro Ribeiro also earned NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region plaudits.
In all, the 2012 Chanticleers collected a league-high 11 All-Big South honors. Joining Bennett and Sigurdsson on the first team were Ricky Garbanzo, Pedro Ribeiro and Justin Portillo. Defenders Henrik Robstad and Uchenna Uzo along with netminder Federico Bertele earned season team all-conference honors, while Jhamie Hyde and Tevin Skyers earned all-freshman plaudits. Robstad was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
Docking earned his record sixth Big South Coach of the Year honors in 2011 as he led the Chanticleers to one of the most successful campaigns in program history. The team finished 16th in the national poll, had an 18-4-0 record, won the Big South regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Coastal defeated No. 16 VCU and No. 21 Ohio State at home on back-to-back Sunday's as part of a 16-1-0 run to close out the regular season after falling to eventual national runner-up UNC Charlotte in the season opener. The Chants also celebrated the program's second-ever NCAA postseason home game with a 4-3 victory over Southern Conference champion Elon to improve to 83-26-8 (.743) all-time at home under Docking.
The 2011 team proved to have the most lethal attack in the country as the Chants ranked tops in the NCAA in both scoring offense (3.0 goals per game) and total goals (66). Individually, junior striker Ashton Bennett led the nation in total goals with 23, ranked first in total points with 53 (23g/7a) and second in goals per game with 1.05. On the defensive side of the ball, Docking produced his fourth MLS College/SuperDraft selection as defender Cyprian Hedrick, a NSCAA Scholar All-American, was selected 30th overall by Sporting Kansas City and goalkeeper Scott Angevine finished his career with a Coastal Carolina record-tying 16 career shutouts.
Docking led the Chanticleers to a clean sweep of the Big South postseason awards as Bennett was named the Attacking Player of the Year, Hedrick earned Defensive Player of the Year and Kjartan Sigurdsson garnered Freshman of the Year. Luis Faz, Pedro Ribeiro, Scott Angevine and Justin Portillo joined Bennett, Hedrick and Sigurdsson on the first team; while Ricky Garbanzo, Henrik Robstad and Sigurdsson earned All-Freshman team honors. Docking also helped Bennett, who was named one of 12 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalists, and Ribeiro to NSCAA All-American honors.
The 2011 season was made possible after laying the groundwork the previous year. Under Docking in 2010 and reached the NCAA College Cup for the eighth time in school history and finished with a 12-8-2 overall record, the most wins in a season since 2004 en route to a second place finish inside the Big South with a 5-2-1 mark. The Chants also turned in a 5-2-0 record at the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field.
The Chanticleers won three straight games in the Big South Tournament, which included a 3-1 upset win over tournament host and top-seeded High Point, in the championship game to earn the sixth berth in the NCAA College Cup under Docking. Coastal nearly reached the second round of the tournament, but a late comeback by No. 24 Duke lifted the Blue Devils to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Coastal. The Chants led 1-0 after 75 minutes of play, but Duke netted a pair of goals over a seven minute span on its way to the win.
Docking helped land five Chanticleers on the All-Big South Postseason Teams and watched as senior defender Ross Kelly was tabbed as the Big South Tournament MVP after helping anchor a Coastal backline that allowed just one goal over the course of the tournament.
Docking led the 2009 Chanticleers to an unbeaten season in the Big South Conference for the second time in his career, guiding Coastal to its fourth Big South Regular Season Championship with a 5-0-3 record, while earning a 9-2-7 mark overall. Highlighting the season was a 13-game, two-month unbeaten streak from Sept. 13-Nov. 12.
In addition, Docking coached senior Djamel Bekka, who was his fifth Big South Player of the Year. Coastal earned the first seed in the tournament, but fell short in the semifinals after falling in penalty kicks to fourth-seeded Winthrop.
In 2008, Docking guided Coastal Carolina to a 10-10-1 record and a 5-2-1 ledger in Big South action. The Chants earned the second seed in the Big South Tournament, only to fall to Winthrop in the double-overtime heartbreaker, 4-3, in the championship game.
In 2007, Docking led the Chants to a 10-8-1 record and a perfect 6-0 record in the Big South to earn him his fifth Big South Coach of the Year honor and fifth Big South Regular season championship.
Docking led the 2006 Chants to an 11-7-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark in league action. Coastal Carolina earned the No. 2 seed in the Big South Tournament and advanced to the semifinal round. Coastal Carolina posted a 6-1-1 record at the friendly confines of the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field, including a perfect 4-0 slate against league foes.
The Chanticleers claimed the Big South Tournament championship for the fourth time in the last five years to make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. In 2004, Docking's squad won the Big South Tournament to claim their spot in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2003, Docking led the Chants to its best season ever, posting a school-best 20-3-0 record. The squad won both the regular season and Big South Tournament titles. The team also recorded 14 shutouts, which is also a school record. The Chants rode a 13-game winning streak into the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest the team has ever gone. The season also saw the culmination of Joseph Ngwenya's collegiate career after earning countless conference, regional and national honors and setting eight single-season and career records.
Docking's 2002 squad finished with a then school-record 19-3-2 mark. The team also earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, this time going as an at-large team. After defeating South Carolina in the opening round in Columbia, the Chants lost in the second round on penalty kicks at Clemson. Docking was named the Big South Coach of the Year and also laid claim to coaching the Big South Player of the Year, Ngwenya.
The program came full-circle in 2001 as the Chanticleers won their sixth Big South crown and made their third trip to a NCAA Tournament. Coastal completed the season with a 10-8-3 overall record and a 3-2-2 mark in league play. In the opening round of the NCAA tournament, Coastal Carolina fell 2-1 to Seton Hall despite outshooting the Pirates and playing much of the game on Seton Hall's end of the field.
Docking took over a struggling Coastal Carolina program in 1998 and led his first Chants squad to a 7-9-2 record. The resurgence of the soccer program at Coastal Carolina was put into high gear in 1999 as the Docking-led Chanticleers went 12-4-1 and placed second in the league. In 2000, Docking earned his second Coach of the Year honor as his Coastal squad went 11-5-1 and captured the Big South's regular season championship.
Docking, a native of Southampton, England, came to Coastal Carolina after serving as the head coach at Charleston Southern University for two seasons. Following a 4-14-1 record in 1996, the 1997 Charleston Southern squad posted a 16-5-1 record and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Docking, who was voted the Big South Coach of the Year, also coached five players to the Big South's All-Conference team.
Prior to joining the staff at Charleston Southern, Docking served the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. From 1988-95, Docking served as the assistant coach at the University of Richmond (Virginia), helping the Spiders to a No. 17 national ranking in 1991 and the 1990 NCAA Tournament. Docking also received his master's degree in sports management from the University of Richmond in 1990.
Docking is a 1988 graduate from the University of Akron with a bachelor's degree in physical education. While playing for the Zips, he helped Akron to a No. 3 national ranking in 1987 and a NCAA Division I second-place finish in the 1986 National Championships.
Following his collegiate career, Docking played four seasons with the USISL's Richmond Kickers from 1992-1995. As an assistant coach, he helped the Kickers win the 1995 USISL National Championship and the 1995 Open Cup National Championship.
In addition to his professional and collegiate coaching experience, Docking is also active in the Olympic Development Program. He served as South Carolina's Director of Coaching from 1996-1999 and as a Region I and Region III ODP Staff Coach. Docking has also served as a State Coach in South Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. He holds the USSF A License, a NSCAA Advanced National diploma and is active in teaching the USSF and NSCAA State Licensing courses in South Carolina.
Docking was also head coach of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program's Region III boy's soccer program, where he oversees the entire regional program, including the hiring of age-group coaches, evaluation of players for national consideration and overall instruction of the teams. He also supervises all camps and training sessions for the Southeast region, one of four ODP Regional programs in the U.S. Docking also serves as the Head Coach for the Region III ODP U15 Team. He also serves on two important committees: The Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Award Committee, which selects collegiate soccer's National Player of the Year, and the NSCAA National Ranking Committee.
Docking and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Ivor, in November 2011.