Sean Mapson joined the Southern Miss soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2011 after wrapping up a stellar career between the pipes for crosstown college William Carey University.
In 2013, Mapson helped first-year head coach Mohammed El-Zare and the Golden Eagle soccer team reach new heights. The first year of the El-Zare Era of Southern Miss soccer was highlighted by team and individual success. The Golden Eagles set new records and produced other performances that ranked among the best in program history en route to one of the better seasons in a decade.
Southern Miss finished the 2013 season with a 7-9-4 record, the most wins in a season since an 8-11-0 showing in 2007 and the fewest losses in a season since going 4-9-2 in 2005.
All told, the 2013 Golden Eagles either set a record or cracked the top 10 in 18 team categories. Seven wins tied for sixth most victories in a season and the Golden Eagles' four ties set a new school record. The 2013 squad set new marks in saves (138), save percentage (.807), saves per game (6.9), total shots (323), total minutes played (21,092) and goalie minutes played (1,913).
Southern Miss' 43 goals were second most in a season behind only the 1997 squad that scored 44. Thirty assists were fourth most in school history and 116 total points were just three off the record of 119 set by the 1999 team.
Mapson directly helped coach one of two Golden Eagles who landed on the All-Conference USA Team. Danica Roberts, a senior forward, earned third-team honors while Brittany Taylor, a freshman keeper, was named to the All-Freshman squad. It was the first time a Golden Eagle was recognized on the All-Conference team since 2011.
As the goalkeeper's coach, Mapson worked directly with Taylor. In her rookie season, Taylor set new single-season marks in a number of goalie-specific categories - 128 saves broke the record of 107 set by Hannah Vanderboegh in 2011 while an average of 7.1 saves per game bested the single-season mark of 6.69 set by Leslie Schoeplein in 2002.
In his first season as an assist in 2012, the Golden Eagles finished the year 4-12-1. Despite the record, Mapson helped the Southern Miss keepers post three shutout victories, including a conference win over SMU. In his first season with the program, Schwaner saved 99 shots, the third-most all-time in school history while her 1.74 goals against average was the 10th best in school history.
During his time with the Crusaders, he started all 20 games as a senior, helping the team to a 13-4-3 record with a 1.29 GAA. Over that span, Mapson tallied six shutouts and had six or more saves in four matches. In 2008, as a junior, Mapson went 8-5-1 between the pipes, stopping 52 shots and posting six shutouts with a 1.03 GAA. Mapson burst onto the scene in 2007 as a sophomore, starting 16 games and tallying a 9-9 mark with a 1.65 GAA and four shutouts.
Mapson, a Swindon, England native, earned his degree from William Carey in 2010.