Pearl River CC - Head Coach
Drew Gallant is in his third season as head coach of the PRCC men’s soccer program. The 33-year-old Hattiesburg native is a 2001 graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete competing in football soccer, golf, tennis and track. He was an All-Division and All-State performer in football and soccer.
After high school, Gallant spent one season at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where he led the men’s soccer team in assists and was second in total points.
After a year away from college, Gallant attended PRCC in 2003-04 where he was an NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention after scoring 27 goals and registering 24 assists; both marks are not only the second-highest totals in the nation but also school records. He was named to the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
He then played two seasons at William Carey College, during which time the Crusaders were ranked in the nation’s Top 25 in NAIA. He earned a BS in social science in 2007 and his Master’s degree in sports administration in 2015, both from Carey.
Gallant’s coaching career began while he was still a student at Carey in 2006, serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Jones County Junior College. He was at JCJC for two seasons, then took over in 2008 as head soccer coach, both boys and girls, at FCAHS. He also served as an assistant football coach for the Aggies.
He served at FCAHS for three seasons before taking over as men’s and women’s soccer coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College, a position he held for five seasons before coming to Pearl River.
Gallant had a triumphant return to The River and in 2017 claimed the school's sixth MACJC State Championship. At the conclusion of the season, Gallant was named Coach of the Year by the MACJC, NJCAA Region XXIII and Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Gallant is married to Katelyn and has two sons, Landon and Bryce.
Eastern Oregon University - Assistant Coach
Mississippi College - Assistant Coach
Carl Sheard enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Mississippi College men's soccer program.
Before moving to Mississippi College, Sheard played for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2004-07. As a player, Sheard was a three-time All-Conference selection and was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American in 2007, after helping the Eagles to the Elite 8 of the NAIA National Tournament. In his four seasons, the Eagles played in four NAIA National Tournaments and won four conference titles.
Sheard received his Bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle in Business Administration in 2008, and also earned a Master's Degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at Mississippi College in 2011.
Before coming to the United States, Sheard played at the highest level of youth soccer in England, the F.A. Youth Premier League, with the Derby County Football Club in 2002-04.
Sheard currently holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma along with a USSF National "C' License.
James "Gleddy" Gledhill
Belhaven University - Assistant Coach
James Gledhill is in his first season as the Assistant Coach for the Belhaven University Men’s Soccer Program.
A native of Huddersfield, England, Gledhill joins the Blazers' staff following two years as the men’s assistant coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure with the Owls, Temple boasted a 19-14-2 record including back to back winning seasons and an AAC Conference semi-final appearance. The Owls accomplished 8 All-AAC conference selections including MLS Draft Pick, Jorge Gomez Sanchez. In both years Gledhill helped the team receive NSCAA All-Academic team awards, including Alex Cagle receiving Temple University Scholar Athlete of the year.
Previous to joining Temple, Gledhill spent four years as the head coach at Holmes Community College. During his tenure with the Lady Bulldogs, Gledhill led the team to two runners-up spots in the MACJC North Division Conference.
Prior to his years at Holmes, Gledhill spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Mississippi College. Whilst there the Choctaws were ASC runners-up, nationally ranked for the first time and boasted 11 Academic All-Americans.
In 2005, Gledhill played a professional season with the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina, where he was a leading goal scorer for the team.
In his college career, Gledhill spent three seasons at the University of Mobile where he became a two-time All-American and led the Rams to their first-ever National Championship as a senior in 2002. During the NAIA National Tournament that year, Gledhill was named the Tournament MVP. In his three seasons with the Rams, Gledhill was the top scorer for the team in two of those years.
In 2001, as a junior in college, Gledhill spent one year at Fairfield University. During his season with the Stags, Gledhill set the school record for goals scored in a single season and led the conference in scoring, propelling the Stags to their highest ever NCAA D1 ranking of #12 in the nation.
Gledhill graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor's degree in communications in 2003. In 2008 he obtained his Masters in Applied Communications from Mississippi College.
Currently, Gledhill holds four coaching licenses that include a USSF A License, a UEFA B License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a National Youth License.
University of Mobile - Head Coach
Daniel Whelan begins his third season at the helm of the UMobile men’s soccer program in 2016 after earning SSAC Coach of the Year honors in 2014 and leading the team to back-to-back SSAC Regular Season Championships. He previously spent five seasons at UMobile as assistant coach, with prior stops at Spring Hill and Embry-Riddle.
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