Greg Vinson, one of Birmingham-Southern College's most honored athletes, begins his first year as head men's soccer coach in 2016 after 20 seasons as the program's first full-time assistant coach.
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 ISAA/NAIA 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. He was one of two BSC soccer players chosen to participate in the NSCAA's All-Star Game in Florida in 1995.
In the spring of 2000, Vinson was inducted into the BSC Sports Hall of Fame. He continued his soccer skills as the top goalkeeper for two seasons for the Birmingham Grasshoppers of the USISL.
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.