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Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham Southern College Athletics
900 Arkadelphia Rd. Box 549041 Birmingham, AL 35254
Division 3 Alabama Southeast
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Greg Vinson

Greg Vinson, one of Birmingham-Southern College’s most honored athletes, begins his sixth year as head men’s soccer coach in 2021 after 20 seasons as the program’s first full-time assistant coach. The 2020 season culminated with an SAA Regular Season Championship and SAA Coach of the Year honors for Vinson. The 2020 campaign was highlighted by 8 Panthers receiving All-Conference awards, Coleman Jennings named SAA Offensive Player of the Year, a 9-4-0 (SAA 5-1) season record, and a final national ranking of 15th. 23 players have received All-SAA honors during Vinson’s tenure, including two SAA Player of the Year honors (Jennings in 2021 and Galen Curry in 2017). His overall record as head coach of the Panthers stands at 40-33-5.


As a three-year team captain and starter at goalkeeper for the Panthers, Vinson set three individual single-season records including most saves (168), most shutouts (13), and lowest goals against average (1.04).


For his career at BSC, he set records for most saves (420) and most career shutouts (27). He was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Honorable Mention All-America (1993), NSCAA All-South (1994), and was selected First-Team All-America and named Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America/National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Player of the Year (1995). Vinson helped lead Birmingham-Southern to a 21-3-1 record in his senior year, which included a No. 2 ranking in the national polls and a trip to the national semifinals in the college’s first-ever national tournament appearance. In addition to being named to the NAIA National All-Tournament Team, he was selected to represent BSC in the NSCAA’s Senior Bowl All-Star game in 1995. During Vinson’s college career, he played three seasons for the Birmingham Grasshoppers, an amateur team in the United States International Soccer League. He continued for one season after graduation. In the spring of 2000, Vinson was inducted into the BSC Sports Hall of Fame. Vinson, a Birmingham native, graduated from Pelham High School where he received All-Metro team honors. After graduating from BSC in 1995 with a business degree, he went on to earn a master’s degree in business. He and his wife, the former Melissa Boren, a BSC graduate and former captain of the women’s soccer team, were married in 1998. The couple has two sons, Drew and Daniel.

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Corey Smith

Former Birmingham-Southern Panther, Corey Smith enters his 3rd season as full-time assistant for the men's program. Smith played on the Hilltop from 2013-2017. In his senior year, after suffering his fourth ACL tear, he served in a Student Assistant Coach capacity. His ability to overcome adversity earned Smith the Laura Malone Courage Award his senior year. After graduation, he continued to remain close to the Program, serving as Volunteer Assistant Coach in the 2018 season. He currently serves as a staff coach at Hoover-Vestavia Soccer Club. Corey recently completed requirements for and received the USSF National C license.


A native of Ranburne, Ala., Corey graduated Ranburne High School as valedictorian of his class. Smith graduated from BSC in 2017 with a psychology degree. In his time as a student, he became President of the Honor Council and graduated as an Honor Graduate. He graduated Cum Laude and as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Psi Chi (International Psychology Honor Society), and Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society). He was named to the Dean’s list multiple semesters.

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