Tom Anagnost Head Coach
Mississippi State University Director of Athletics John Cohen announced on Dec. 8, 2016 the hiring of Tom Anagnost as the soccer program’s new head coach. Anagnost (uh-Nag-Nist) comes to MSU from North Carolina State, where he spent the past season as an assistant coach, aiding the Wolfpack to a NCAA Sweet 16 berth.
Anagnost is one of the top Division I head coaches in the country and has shown success everywhere he has been. His teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of his four years, and twice to the second round, once with each program. He spent five years in the classroom as a teacher and educator and has shown a major commitment to academics, increasing his team’s GPA each year in charge.
Anagnost has also shown a great ability to turn around soccer programs in just a short period of time, as he has showcased this talent in each of his head coaching stops. In his first head-coaching gig at Central Michigan, Anagnost’s club earned a second place finish in the Mid-American Conference despite finishing 10th a season before he took over the reigns. Anagnost followed up the runner-up showing with back-to-back MAC titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances to cap his time with the Chippewas. At his next stop, Anagnost took Atlantic Coast Conference basement dweller Miami to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths as he led the squad to the second round in his first season with the club in 2011.
Anagnost, who becomes the Bulldogs’ fifth soccer head coach in program history, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach, first with the Michigan Wolverines in 2015 before joining NC State. In Raleigh, Anagnost aided the Wolfpack to a Sweet 16 appearance in his one season at NC State as the squad turned in a 11-9-2 record (4-5-1 ACC) in 2016.
Matt Kagan Associate Head Coach
Matt Kagan, a former assistant of Tom Anagnost at the University of Miami (Fla.), joins the Bulldogs as an associate head coach after spending the past three seasons as an assistant with Loyola Marymount.
“Matt is definitely one of the best recruiters in the country and one of the greatest people I’ve met in the game,” Anagnost said. “He is a passionate coach who cares deeply about the team and all the players on it. I trust him in every way and I can’t put into words how elated I am to be working with him again.”
Kagan was announced to the MSU soccer coaching staff on Dec. 20, 2016. Kagan has served as an assistant coach for LMU (2014-16), Providence College (2013), Miami (2011-12), Evansville (2008-10) and Assumption College (2004). Kagan also has experience as a head coach with Division III Worcester State (2005-07).
“The people I met on my visit, along with the top-notch facilities, make Mississippi State a truly remarkable place,” Kagan said. “The opportunity to work with Tom Anagnost and Jason Hamilton again was something I couldn’t pass up. I can’t wait to get started as we build something very special at MSU.”
JEREMY GROVES ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Groves, a native of Leeds, England, comes to MSU after a spectacular four-year stint as head coach at Murray State, where he led the Racers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2017.
"Jeremy Groves is an exceptional coach who has obviously done such an extraordinary job," Anagnost said. "His spectacular coaching record drew me to him and surely impressed me. However, the more I got to know him and what everyone said to me about him as a person is what sold me on him. Loyal, trustworthy, family man, smart, and honest were just some of the repeated words I would also use to describe Jeremy Groves."
Since the Murray State women's soccer program began in 2000, no coach had more success than Groves. Under his leadership, the Racers recorded an overall mark of 50-21-6 and dominated Ohio Valley Conference play with a record of 32-3-5.
"As soon as I stepped on campus I was blown away with the unbelievable facilities—the new locker room is fantastic and makes the facility one of the best in the SEC," Groves said. "Everything is in place at Mississippi State for student-athletes to compete for championships."
In just his second season in 2015, Groves' Racers won their first OVC regular season title since 2008 and its first OVC Tournament since 2009. The Racers also had a program-record 16 wins. They also became the first team in OVC history to go undefeated at 10-0.
Not only is Groves talented on the field, but he is also adept as a recruiter. His first commitment at Murray State, Harriet Withers, became the first and only three-time OVC Offensive Player of the Year. He also recruited and coached 14 players who received All-OVC honors during his four-year span as head coach.
In his final season at Murray State, Groves and the Racers put together one of the most memorable seasons in program history with a program-best record of 15-2-2, including an 11-game unbeaten streak. The Racers also climbed as high as 27th in the RPI over the course of the season and received votes for the first time in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll.
Groves is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference, as he spent six seasons at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky. In his two seasons with the women's squad, he tutored the Wildcat goalkeepers and prepared scouting reports while helping UK to the 2006 SEC Tournament. His final four years in Lexington were spent with the men's team, where he served in an expanded role helping prepare team training sessions and assisting in recruiting and academics.
Before his time at Murray State, Groves served as an assistant coach at Morehead State from 2010-13. While with the Eagles, he helped lead the team to three OVC tournament title game appearances, including the 2010 OVC regular season championship and the 2010 and 2013 OVC tournament titles.
At Morehead State, he served the team in several areas, but his recruiting helped make the Eagles a great program. He helped bring talented players to MSU including the 2013 OVC Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, Jade Flory and Angela Black.
Groves began his playing career in the academy of his hometown club, Leeds United A.F.C, after which he also played for Rotherham United and York City F.C. before moving to the United States.
"My family and I are really looking forward to moving down to Starkville," Groves said. "The city has grown so much in the two years since I was last in Starkville. When I met with Tom, Matt, John (Cohen) and Jared (Benko) and heard their vision for the program and athletics department I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I can't wait to meet the team and get going. I'm really looking forward to learning from Tom and Matt and continue my growth as a coach."
Upon his arrival in the U.S., Groves began his collegiate soccer career at Virginia Intermont for one season before transferring to Kentucky, where he helped lead the Wildcats to two-straight Mid-American Conference championships in 2003 and 2004. Groves graduated from UK with degrees in kinesiology and business.
Groves and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Aidan and Jaxson.
"Getting a proven head coach of this caliber to join us demonstrates how special Mississippi State is and how magnetic our soccer program has become," Anagnost added. "The current and future state of Mississippi State soccer is very bright and we are so excited to welcome Jeremy to the family. Hail State!"
BRANDON DENOYER ASSISTANT COACH
Brandon DeNoyer, one of the bright young minds in collegiate soccer joined the Mississippi State soccer program announced by head coach Tom Anagnost in August 2017.
"Brandon is great person who is eager and hungry to be the best he can be," Anagnost said. "He is a good communicator who cares about the players and wants what is best for the team. To get such an experienced Division I first assistant for this position is incredible, and we are all very happy he is here with us."
DeNoyer comes to MSU after a successful six-year stint at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., where he helped lead the Saints to the 2015 Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference crown. At Siena, DeNoyer was the lead assistant coach and was over the day-to-day operations of the program. He was also responsible for the primary goalkeeper training for the Saints and trained the 2014 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
A native of Scotia, N.Y., DeNoyer joined Siena after three seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater—State University of New York (SUNY)-Old Westbury, where he assisted with the men’s soccer program and was a volunteer goalkeeping coach for the women’s squad.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experiences, DeNoyer has a wealth of experience training goalkeepers and other positions through camps and extended club coaching experience.
DeNoyer holds Regional, National, and Advanced National diplomas from NSCAA as well as a United States Soccer Federation “D” License.
As a player, DeNoyer played four years at SUNY at Old Westbury from 2004-2008, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both media communications and American studies.
Geri Siudzinski Coordinator of Soccer Operations
In preparation for the 2018 season, second-year head coach Tom Anagnost has named Geri Siudzinski as coordinator of soccer operations for the Mississippi State soccer program.
Siudzinski comes to Starkville after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. At AU, she became well-versed in recruiting prospective student-athletes and selling the unique features and benefits of the school's program and institution. In her two seasons, the Eagles compiled a 22-8-6 record and finished second in their league both years.
"We are very excited to add Geri to our soccer family," Anagnost said. "She is a great person, has very good leadership skills and is a role model for our student-athletes. She is hard-working and a go-getter, which is what we want from everyone in our program."
Aside from her work at Ashland, Siudzinski played a vital role in Ohio's club soccer scene. She served as a coach for Internationals Soccer Club in Medina from June 2017-January 2018 and coached Sylvania's Pacesetter Soccer Club from May 2014-June 2016. With both clubs, she generated, designed and implemented training sessions for each specific team while leading training sessions geared toward development and excellence of technique on the ball. Siudzinski also traveled, planned and coached specific teams throughout the season.