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.
He led the Panthers to a 9-6-1 finish in 2016 with 10 seniors on the roster. They were dominant at home on Preston Goldfarb Field, dropping only two of nine matches. Their 3-3-1 conference record put the Panthers in a three-way tie to close the regular season and the league’s tiebreak procedure placed them fifth in the tournament seedings. They went on to fall to eventual champion Centre College in the quarterfinals, but seven Panthers earned All-Southern Athletic Association honors for their play during the year. They were headlined by senior Dallas Coyne and sophomore Galen Curry who picked up first-team nods. Coyne went on to earn second-team all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
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 (11) and Daniel (8).