Mayo Steps Down as Head Coach
Thursday, January 3, 2008

SHREVEPORT – After spending the last four seasons as head coach of the Centenary men’s soccer team, Eric Mayo has announced his resignation effective on Friday, Jan. 4, in order to pursue other opportunities.  


Prior to his four seasons at the helm of the Gents, Mayo spent two years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for Centenary. During his tenure he helped lead the Gents to a 15-45-2 mark and his five wins in 2006 were the most since 2001 when Centenary won nine matches.

“I would like to thank Eric for the countless hours of effort that he has put into making sure that our men's soccer program continues to progress,” said Centenary Director of Athletics Tom Tallach. “He has been an asset to both our soccer program and the athletic department as a whole. I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” 

Mayo had coached several student-athletes who have been a success on the field. Former Gent Aaron Volanski was a three-time all-conference award winner, while Todd Faulkinberry and Sammy Robinson were named to the conference’s all-newcomer team in 2006. Freshmen Josh Gomillion and Keegan Walhood also received the same honor in 2007.

Also under his direction, goalkeeper Donnie Henderson led the nation in saves per game in 2005 for all NCAA Division I programs.

“I have resigned as head men’s soccer coach at Centenary to pursue other job opportunities,” said Mayo. “I wish the men’s soccer program, the athletic department and Centenary only great things in the future.”

A 2002 graduate of Centenary College, Mayo played four years for the Gents, including captaining the 2001 squad as a senior, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science.

“I’m proud of the progress that we have made and I believe the next head coach will be able to elevate the program to even greater success,” Mayo stated. “It was extremely difficult for me to tell the student-athletes and parents of my resignation. I am confident that the Centenary men’s soccer team has currently great students and people. The sprit and leadership in this group is outstanding and I wish all the happiness and success they deserve.”

A search for Mayo’s replacement will begin immediately.