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Jan. 31, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina assistant men’s soccer coach Bert Molinary was named one of’s Top 20 Assistant Coaches for 2011. The organization announced the list last week. Molinary enters his eighth season as an assistant at South Carolina in 2011.

“It’s great to see Bert recognized for his hard work, South Carolina head coach Mark Berson said. “He has done an outstanding job with our student-athletes and in working with our overall program in every aspect, and he has been an integral part of our achievements both on the field and in the classroom.”

South Carolina advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament after winning the Conference USA Tournament last November. The team received the No. 7 national seed in the postseason event, and advanced to the Round of 16.

Molinary’s responsibilities span all areas of the Gamecock program, including scheduling, budget, equipment, alumni relations and academics. He also coordinates the Gamecock recruiting effort. The most recent senior class includes 2011 MLS draftees Blake Brettschneider, Jimmy Maurer and Sam Arthur.

Before joining the Gamecock staff, Molinary spent eight years as the head men’s soccer coach at Hampden-Sydney College. During his tenure there, Molinary compiled an impressive list of credentials, including a 94-57-6 (.618) overall record, with his victory total and winning percentage rating as the best in school history at that time. Along with his record number of coaching victories, he guided the Tigers to a national ranking of 22nd in 1997, marking the first-ever appearance by a Hampden-Sydney soccer team in the national poll. He coached three NSCAA/adidas All-Americans, 25 NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selections and 21 first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selections. Molinary served six seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney prior to taking over as the program’s head coach.

Molinary has been heavily involved with the South Carolina Olympic Development Program. He served as the head coach for the 1992 age group in 2006-07, the 1994 age group in 2007-08, the 1996 squad for the 2008-09 season and also in 2009-10.