Eric Faulconer completed his 12th season at the helm of the Armstrong State University women's soccer program in the fall of 2016.
In 12 seasons, Faulconer compiled a 172-54-23 record for the Pirates, leading Armstrong State to the NCAA Championships nine times, earning three Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, two NCAA Southeast Region titles and advancing to the DII Final Four in 2011. His overall record stands at 240-98-29 in 18 seasons. He currently ranks in the Top 20 in NCAA Division II's all-time coaching winning percentage at .694. Throughout his 18-year collegiate coaching career, he has been named the NSCAA Region Coach of the Year six times.
In 2016, Armstrong State compiled a 14-5-2 overall record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships for a second straight year with a 3-2 win over Lenoir-Rhyne. The Pirates finished the season ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll and had three players earn All-Peach Belt Conference honors - midfielder Randi Schroedel, defender Michelle Allen and defender Olivia DeJong.
Armstrong State went 13-5-3 during the 2015 season, finishing third in the Peach Belt Conference standings and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships with a 5-0 win over Wingate. The Pirates drew with national championship finalist Columbus State during the season and also played a scorelesss 0-0 draw at then-No. 2 ranked North Georgia. Three Pirates earned All-PBC honors - sisters Jenny and Michelle Allen as well as Olivia DeJong.
The Pirates returned to the 2014 NCAA Championships, earning an at-large berth into the Soutehast Regional and compiled a 13-5 overall record during the 2014 season. Freshman Jenny Allen was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and three players - Allen, Taylor Russell and Taylor Valley - earned All-Region honors.
Armstrong finished the 2013 season with an 11-4-3 overall record, narrowly missing out on an NCAA regionals berth. Sophomore defender Taylor Russell earned NSCAA All-American honors while senior midfielder Andye Dawson earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honorsduring the campaign.
In 2012, the Pirates achieved the program's first No. 1 NSCAA Division II Top 25 national ranking and reeled off a school- and Peach Belt-best 19 match winning streak during the year. Armstrong captured the 2012 Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships as well as notching a second consecutive NCAA Southeast Region title by outlasting Columbus State in penalty kicks, 6-5, after an 0-0 draw. The Pirates extended their school-record home unbeaten streak to 40 matches and Faulconer was named the PBC Coach of the Year for the third straight season as well as the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year for a fourth straight year and fifth time in eight seasons at Armstrong.
The 2011 season was a memorable one for Faulconer and the Pirates as Armstrong advanced all the way to the NCAA Final Four in Pensacola, Fla., finishing as NCAA Semifinalists and also finishing the year ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 national rankings. Armstrong captured the 2011 Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, then knocked off North Georgia and Lenoir-Rhyne en route to the school's first NCAA Southeast Region title. A thrilling 2-1 win over Tampa in the NCAA Quarterfinals propelled the Pirates to the Final Four, where they lost to the eventual national champions from St. Rose. The Pirates finished the season with an 18-3-3 overall record and for the third straight year were unbeaten at home, extending their home unbeaten streak to 30 consecutive matches. He was named the Peach Belt Conference's Coach of the Year for the second straight season as well as the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year for a third straight year.
Armstrong soccer achieved more success in 2010, going 14-4-2 and earning the program's first Peach Belt Conference regular season title, while also notching its first NCAA home postseason victory, a 1-0 win over UNC Pembroke that also put the Pirates into its first NCAA Southeast Region championship match. Faulconer was named the PBC Coach of the Year as well as the NSCAA Southeast RegionCoach of the Year as the Pirates finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation.
In 2009, Faulconer led the Pirates to their first-ever PeachBelt Conference tournament championship with a 5-2 victory over Montevallo in the title match. Armstrong also earned its third NCAA Championships berth and collected its first NCAA postseason victory with a 5-0 shutout of Belmont Abbey in the first round of the Southeast Regional. Overall, the Pirates went 16-4-3, finished 8-2 in the Peach Belt and also finished the year ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA's Division II Top 25 Poll. For his efforts, Faulconer earned NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
The Pirates finished 11-6-3 in 2008, narrowly missing out on an NCAA Championships berth. Highlights in the season included a last-second 4-3 victory on opening day against eventual NCAA participant Florida Southern; a 3-2 overtime victory at No. 18 Tampa, handing the Spartans just the third loss for the former NCAA National Champions in a span of 47 home matches; and a 2-0 victory over North Georgia in the first round of the PBC Tournament, sending Armstrong to its fourth straight PBC Semifinals berth.
The third season for the Pirates saw more program firsts as the Pirates earned their first-ever NSCAA Top 25 ranking. Armstrong debuted in the poll on 9/11 at No. 16 and peaked at No. 8 for two weeks, specnding seven weeks in the poll during the season. Armstrong finished with a 14-5-1 overall record, advanced to the PBC Championship match for a second straight year and also hosted the program's first-ever NCAA Regional match when the Lady Pirates tookon Lincoln Memorial on 9/9.
In just the second season of competition in 2006, Faulconer led the Armstrong women's soccer program to an 18-4-1 record, its first NCAA Championships appearance and a berth in the Peach Belt Conference tournament title match. For his efforts, Faulconer was named the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year.
The Pirates experienced unprecedented success right out of thegate as a first-year program in 2005, going 11-8 and leading the Peach Belt in scoring.
Faulconer was tabbed to start the Armstrong State women's soccer program in 2005 after a successful stint at Thomas University, where he also built the Night Hawks program from scratch, beginning in 1999.
He led the Lady Night Hawks to the NAIA National Championships in 2003, also earning NSCAA Region Coach of the Year honors, and the last three seasons his Thomas squad was ranked nationally inthe NAIA.
Prior to starting the Thomas University women's soccer program, Faulconer was an assistant caoch with the Thomas University men's soccer program during the 1998-99 season. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the professional Eastern Indoor Soccer League from 1996-98. In addition to his duties at Thomas, Faulconer also served as the Director of Girls Player Development for the Tallahassee United Futbol Club and on the staff with the Tallahassee-based Warner Soccer. Faulconer holds a USSF National B License and is a member of the Florida and Georgia Youth Soccer Association Olympic Developmental coaching staff.
In addition to his coaching duties, Faulconer served as the Interim Athletic Director at Armstrong State University from April 1-July 1, 2009 while also serving as the National Chair of NCAA Division II Women (2014-2017), the NSCAA National Advocacy Committee College Coaches Representative (2015-2017) and the Region Chair of NSCAA Southeast Ranking Committee (2011-2013).
Born in New Jersey, Faulconer's family moved to Naples, Florida, in 1979. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1992 and a master's degree in public administration in 1996, with additional graduate course work in sports administration. Eric and his wife, Ginger, have two sons, Zachary and Ethan.
Kayley Ralton accepted the assistant women's soccer coaching position at the University of North Georgia on June 16, 2017.
Kayley Ralton finished her third season season as the full-time assistant coach for Armstrong State women's soccer in 2016.
A former four-year standout for Armstrong State soccer from 2006-09, Ralton earned her bachelor's degree in history in 2010 while serving as a student assistant for the Pirates that season. She served as a graduate assistant in 2011 & 2012 while earning her master's in sports medicine from Armstrong State in 2013.
Ralton was a member of the Scotland U19 and U17 national teams and captained the U17 in tournament victories against Wales, USA, Holland and Republic of Ireland. As a member of the Scotland U19 team, she represented Scotland in the first stage and secondstage European Championships.
Ralton currently holds an USSF National B License as well as her NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coaching Certification.
Head coach Eric Faulconer says, "Since 2006, Kayley has made a huge impact with our soccer program - Kayley represents everything that is special about Pirate soccer. She is passionate about the players she coaches, and she is passionate about Armstrong. Kayley has a great soccer mind and is a risingstar in the coaching ranks. We are very fortunate to have her working with our student-athletes. Kayley is not only a special coaching talent, but a special person and that is definitely a winning combination."