Atkinson steps down, will leave Longwood men’s soccer program

Published 3:59 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2023

After 19 years, Jon Atkinson will step down as the head coach of the Longwood men’s soccer program. The longtime coach will transition to a role in external relations within the athletic department, Longwood Athletics Director Tim Hall announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Atkinson finished his 19th year at the helm of the program in the fall of 2023. He compiled a 107-191-45 record overall and a 29-61-10 record in Big South play since the Lancers joined the league in 2012. He led Longwood to a runner-up finish in the Big South Championship in 2016.

“Jon and I had been discussing what a transition out of coaching to the administrative side would look like,” Hall said. “His stature in the community and his tenure and institutional knowledge here will pay dividends for us going forward. We are thankful for the way he has led our men’s soccer program. A national search for the next great leader of Longwood men’s soccer will begin immediately.”

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“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to coach at a high level for so long and contribute to the development of numerous young men,” Atkinson said. “Looking to the future, I am optimistic of transitioning my skills to our department and playing a key role in the continued growth of all our teams in the future.”

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Atkinson, the seventh head coach for Longwood men’s soccer, took over the program during the school’s transition from Division II to Division I at the NCAA level. He is second in wins behind only Rich Posipanko, and he was at the helm with the 350th win in team history.

During his time in charge, Atkinson coached 43 all-conference selections, including 21 All-Big South honorees. He led the team to two Atlantic Soccer Conference titles (2008 and 2011), and he was the Big South Coach of the Year in 2013.