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Josh Trieste

Head Coach Josh Trieste

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BOYS SOCCER

 

Trieste has been the varsity boys coach at FPD since 2002 and has served as B-team coach for several of those seasons. During his tenure the varsity boys program has set school records for most wins in a season three times and fewest losses in a season three times. Every individual record has also been set during that time.

The 2002, 2007 and 2008 teams all played in the GISA AAA Final Four. The 2007 team won the first Region Championship for boy’s soccer in school history. The 2008 team played for the GISA AAA State Championship and lost an exciting overtime match. This was the first state championship appearance for the boys program. The 2008 team became the first team at FPD to make the NSCAA Adidas Regional Rankings, climbing to the top of the poll. They also were in the national rankings as a top-15 team after starting the season 17-0 and finished with 20 wins. This was the only ranking in either poll for any FPD soccer team.

His 2011 boy’s varsity team made it to the GHSA “Sweet Sixteen” after defeating the #3 ranked team in the state in Round 1. They finished the season tied for the most wins in GHSA Single-A with 14 on the season. The 2012 team had another winning record after playing the toughest schedule in school history. This marked the 7th consecutive winning season for the varsity boy’s program.

 

In 2013 the boys team finished second in Area 2-A. The team clinched their first home playoff match in the GHSA and advanced to round 2, matching their deepest GHSA playoff run. In the round of 16 they defeated Region champion Athens Academy on the road and advanced to the Elite 8. FPD advanced to the first GHSA boy’s Final Four after defeated Region champion Our Lady of Mercy, again on the road. The Vikings lost in the Final Four.

The Vikings have qualified for the GHSA playoffs in 2014, 2015, and 2017 by finishing in the top 3 in Area 2-A, and advanced to the second round in each of these seasons with the exception of 2017. In 2017 the Vikings fell to undefeated Atlanta International in the opening round of the GHSA playoffs. Playoff wins have included Athens Academy at home (2014) and Savannah Country Day on the road (2015). The team has won 10 or more games in each of these seasons and the 2014 team (second in Area 2-A) was undefeated at home for the entire season. The 2014 team also won the FPD Viking Cup, defeating Final Four Fellowship Christian 2-1 in the final. The varsity boys team has never had a losing record since joining the GHSA in 2010.

GIRLS SOCCER

Trieste took over the girl’s soccer program in 2007 after leading the B-team for the previous four seasons. The B-team played for the GISA championship in each of those seasons and won the title in 2005. In 2007 the varsity girls won the 2AAA Region Championship and made their third ever appearance in the state championship match. FPD won the overtime match 1-0 for the first state championship in school history.

In 2008 the team played in their second straight state championship and fell 1-0. In 2009 the girls team entered the championship match 22-0 and fell in overtime PKs 3-2. The 22 wins is the most wins in a single season by any GISA soccer team, boys or girls. The team allowed just six goals the entire season and this made three straight championship appearances for the girls.

In 2010 the varsity team played in their fifth straight GISA AAA Final Four. Trieste resumed coaching the B-team in 2009 and the team won back to back GISA championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2009 team gave up just one goal the entire season and both teams finished the seasons undefeated. His 2011 varsity girls team won the GHSA-A State Championship becoming the first school in GHSA history to win a soccer state championship their first year of competition. The team was 20-0 in GHSA play and did not give up a single goal to GA teams in the regular season and only five total for the season. They won the Area 2-A championship going 8-0 and not allowing a goal in Area play.

The 2012 team followed up their state championship season with another Area Championship, going 9-0 in Area matches. The team finished the regular season as the top ranked team in GHSA Single-A, and received their first overall state ranking in the GHSA during regular season play. The team advanced to the 2012 state championship match and defeated Fellowship Christian 1-0. The back-to-back championships were a first for any soccer team at FPD. The team finished the season 20-0 against GHSA competition and is now 40-0 during its first two years of participation. 2012 marked the 7th straight “Final Four” appearance for the girl’s soccer program and they have appeared in 5 state championships during that time. Trieste was named the Macon Telegraph’s “Middle Georgia Girl’s Coach of the Year” in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 he was selected by the GHSA girls coaches to coach the girls team in the All-Class All-Star match and Columbus State University. His team won the match 9-0.

 

The 2013 girl’s team saw a lot of new faces in the starting line-up but the team didn’t miss a beat. The girls won their 5th consecutive Viking Cup, second straight Bulldog Cup, and third straight GHSA Area-2 championship. They did not lose a game while accomplishing these things. The team finished the regular season at 15-1-1, losing only to out-of-state power Charlotte Catholic from North Carolina. The Vikings hosted round 1 of the playoffs and advanced convincingly. The second round they played at Region champion Calvary Day and advanced to their 8th straight Final Four. The team fell 2-1 to eventual state champion Paideia in the Final Four match. It was the first GHSA loss for the Vikings. Coach Trieste was asked to coach the GHSA All-Class All-Star match for the second consecutive season. The match is held at Columbus State University and Trieste is a 2-time winner of the match.

 

In 2014 the Vikings once again played as a top contender in the GHSA. The team won the Viking Cup for the 6th consecutive season, defeating GHSA AAAA state runner-up Veterans High School 2-1 in the final, and won area 2-A for the 4th consecutive season. They have never lost an Area match in their 4 seasons in GHSA competition. The team finished the regular season 16-0 and went through the playoffs at home. The double overtime win against Fellowship Christian 2-1 put the Vikings in their third GHSA state championship match in 4 seasons. The Vikings eventually fell in penalty kicks 4-3 to Pace Academy.

 

The 2015 team, coming off a senior heavy 2014 team that finished 19-1, responded as many others in the history of the girls soccer program, becoming a top contender in the GHSA. Although the team lost the Viking Cup championship for the first time in 7 years, in the process ending a 7 year unbeaten home streak, the team played at a top level. As the season progressed the team began to emerge as a championship contender. The team won Area 2-A with their 5th undefeated Area finish. The highlight was a 2-1 win over Stratford Academy 2-1 as the team scored both goals in the last 5 minutes of the match. The team swept through the first few rounds of the GHSA playoffs before falling in penalty kicks 6-5 against Fellowship Christian in the GHSA Final Four. It was the 10th straight Final Four for the girl’s soccer program in both the GISA and GHSA.

 

After another large senior class graduated in 2015, the 2016 squad was almost a totally different team from the 2014 team that played for the GHSA state championship. But after a 1 year lapse from winning the Viking Cup the team began the season winning the host tournament, with wins against Augusta Prep (GISA champion) and powerhouse Veterans High School in the final. Veterans had appeared in the GHSA AAAA championship the previous season, and would again in 2016. The team finished second in Area 2-A and made an Elite 8 appearance for the 11th straight season. The Vikings fell in penalty kicks to the Walker School which ended a 10 year string of Final-4 appearances. But the team was overall a young one and had a solid foundation returning the next season.

 

2017 saw the Vikings return to state dominance. After going undefeated at both the Viking Cup tournament and Border Classic tournament, the team set their goals on winning Area 2-A. Eventually the team accomplished this and ended the regular season undefeated. The Vikings allowed just 1 goal in the entire 18 game regular season and entered the playoffs as the #2 ranked team in the state. After home playoff wins against Strong Rock, Lakeview, Pinecrest, and Paideia, the Vikings made their 4th GHSA state championship appearance in an 8-year span. The Vikings fell to The Wesleyan School, who in Coach Trieste’s words were the top team he had ever coached against. The team finished an outstanding 22-1 and allowed a school record 5 goals on the season. They once again would return a majority of starters.

 

The 2018 season would go down as one of the top seasons ever in the GHSA. The team began the season with another Viking Cup championship (29-0 goal differential) and quickly established itself as a state contender. The team won the Border Classic tournament in convincing fashion, defeated 5-A Evans High School, August Prep (5x GISA state-champion), and top 10 5-A Greenbrier High School (16-2 goal differential). The team would go on the road and defeat Hilton Head High School, the eventual AAAA South Carolina state champion. The team won area 2-A with an undefeated record, defeating #3 ranked Brookstone 5-1 in the process, and finished the regular season 18-0. Home playoff wins included state powerhouses Atlanta International and The Wesleyan School, and the Vikings defeated top-5 Calvary Day on the road 5-0 in the GHSA Final 4. Although the team entered the championship match at 22-0, identical to 2017, the team was ranked #2 and played top ranked (21-1) Athens Academy in the final at Mercer University. The Vikings won the match 2-0 to finish the first ever undefeated varsity soccer season in FPD history. The team outscored opponents 23-0 in the playoffs and in June were named by Maxpreps as the #70 ranked team in the nation, finishing the season 23-0. Hilton Head High School, who the team defeated 3-1, was ranked #65. This marked the highest ranked team in school history that the Vikings had ever defeated.

 

Trieste carries a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “D” License. He was a four year starter and varsity letterman in the soccer program at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon. During his soccer career he served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons and helped lead Tattnall to their first ever Region Championship and first GISA Final Four appearance. He was recognized as a Coaches Award recipient twice and Best Offensive Player during his high school career. He was a three-year All-Star player and was an All-State player competing in the GISA. He was a finalist for the 1990 Ben Bowden award which was given annually to the most outstanding player in middle Georgia and was annually given in memory of the former FPD soccer player.

Trieste has been coaching at the middle and high school level since 1995. He has also coached several teams at the Macon Soccer Club including U-16 girls, U-12 girls, U-11 boys and U-10 boys. He currently only coaches at First Presbyterian Day School.

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