Mapson Promoted to Assistant Coach
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss soccer head coach Mohammed El-Zare announced that Sean Mapson was promoted to a full-time assistant coach. Prior to the promotion, Mapson served as a graduate assistant coach, joining the Golden Eagle soccer program in 2011 and working primarily with the goalkeepers.
"Sean has done an outstanding job as a graduate assistant," El-Zare said. "When I came in two years ago, I saw his passion for the game in the first conversation I had with him. He is always looking to get better, learn and expand his knowledge. As a GA, he put in more hours than he needed and that has paid off with him learning the requirements of being a Division I assistant coach.
"We are excited for Sean," El-Zare added. "He brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has done a great job in developing our goalkeepers, but also working with every player on the team. The players relate to him very well. He has done an exceptional job and I am excited for him to continue to help work and grown this program."
This season, Mapson helped the Golden Eagles to five shutouts, including three by sophomore Brittany Taylor and two by true freshman Shelby Presnell. As a team, the Black and Gold registered 120 saves and a goals against average of 1.87. Against Louisiana Tech, Taylor posted a school record 21 saves and earned her first ever Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week award.
In 2013, Mapson helped first-year head coach El-Zare and the Golden Eagle soccer team reach new heights. The Black and Gold 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.
Mapson was a valuable part of a Southern Miss team that finished the 2013 season with a 7-9-4 record, the most wins in a season since 2007 and the fewest losses in a season since 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. Under Mapson's tutelage, the 2013 squad set new marks in saves (138), save percentage (.807), saves per game (6.9) and goalie minutes played (1,913), as well as, total shots (323) and total minutes played (21,092).
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 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 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 in 2011 while an average of 7.1 saves per game bested the single-season mark of 6.69 set 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 post three shutout victories, including a conference win over SMU. In his first season with the program, Lindsey 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.
Mapson joined the Southern Miss coaching staff after wrapping up a stellar career between the pipes for crosstown college William Carey University.
During his playing days with the Crusaders, Mapson started all 20 games as a senior, helping the team to a 13-4-3 record with a 1.29 GAA. Over that span, he 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. He earned his master's degree from Southern Miss in sports coaching in August of 2014.