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Sue Patberg
Emory University - Head Women's Soccer Coach

Sue Patberg was appointed head women's soccer coach at Emory University prior to the 2005 season.  She has led the program to unprecedented success during her time with the team, and became the first Emory women's soccer coach to be named the National Coach of the Year, earning the honor from in 2012.

Known for consistently producing one of the top defenses in the country, Patberg has led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament 13 times in 18 seasons, including a program-best runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships and a quarterfinal finish during the 2010 campaign.  Her squads at Emory have won at least one game during 11 of her 13 tournament appearances.  Patberg has captured a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships.

At the conclusion of the 2023 season, Patberg's 30th campaign as a collegiate head coach, she has a 370-161-69 career record that includes 21 NCAA tournament appearances. Her 18-year mark at Emory stands at 224-74-51 good for a .727 winning percentage. 

In 2019, Patberg and her staff captured University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the first time during her run with the Eagles. The team finished with a 13-5 overall record and qualified for the NCAA postseason for the second consecutive season.


She has coached a four of All-Americans while at Emory, defenders Grace Lam (2007 and 2008), Lauren Gorodetsky (2010-13) and Lily Dresner (2021), Kylie Hall (2022) with Gorodetsky earning the Defender of the Year and the NCAA Tournament Most Oustanding Defensive Player honors in 2012.  Under her leadership, the Emory women's soccer program has had five UAA Player of the Year selections (Kylie Hall in 2022, Gorodetsky in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Whitney Briggs in 2008), and Rookie of the year (Peyton Robertson in 2019) 88 all-UAA team members and 35 all-region honorees.  In addition, she has had nine Academic all-Americans and 27 Academic all-District selections during her time with the team. 

During the 2012 campaign, Patberg lifted the team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance, and claimed a win over Wheaton College (Ill.) in the semifinals to give the Eagles' a berth into the NCAA Championship game.  

Patberg guided the Eagles to a record-setting campaign in 2011, recording the first undefeated regular season in Emory Athletics history and matching the program record for wins in a season with a 17-1-2 overall record.  The Eagles advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships, marking the team's third trip to the sectionals of the tournament under Patberg.  Emory's 2011 squad also set program records for goals-against average (0.24) and shutouts (16).  For her efforts during the season, she was named the NSCAA/Mondo South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

Patberg became the first Emory coach to lead the team to back-to-back 16 win seasons, accomplishing the feat during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  In 2010, she once again reached the 16-win plateau, guiding the squad to a 16-2-4 record and achieving a final national ranking of fifth in the NSCAA season-ending poll, the highest final ranking in the program’s history.

Of her 30 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, the 12 years before joining Emory were at Division I schools where she earned 146 wins and eight NCAA tournament appearances.

Patberg came to Emory after spending five seasons as head coach at the University of Georgia (2000-2004). While at Georgia, Patberg guided Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances. Her first year at UGA saw her team reach the finals of the Southeastern Conference tournament while in 2001 her team finished with a national ranking of 22nd and third regionally. 

Before coaching at UGA, Patberg was the first women's soccer coach at the University of Minnesota where she compiled a record of 97-42-9. Her accomplishments at Minnesota were highlighted by five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1995-99. She also garnered two Big 10 Coach of the Year honors in 1995 and 1997. 

To go with her collegiate coaching experience she has also been involved on the US National Team level. Patberg was the U.S. under-16 National Team coach from 2003-2005. She also served as an assistant coach on the U.S. under-21 National Team from 2000-2003.


Luc Patberg -

University of the South Assistant Coach

Luc Patberg enters his second season with the men's soccer program at the University of the South in 2022. 

Prior to his arrival at Sewanee, Patberg served as an assistant men's soccer coach at his alma mater in Rockhurst University (Mo.) for the past two seasons. He was the head coach of the reserve team for the Hawks and assisted with the recruiting efforts of the program. Additionally, he organized the team's drills and training stations and the program's traveling. 

The son of Sue Patberg, head women's soccer coach at Emory University, he has also interned at Georgia State University's Sports Marketing Department and Emory as a facilities and recreation intern. 

During his college days, he played two seasons at Rockhurst as a defender in for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Prior to that, he played two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.). 

Patberg earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Rockhurst University in 2019 and a Master of Business Administration in 2021. 

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