Josh Trieste

Head Coach Josh Trieste

Continued from the Girls and Boys Soccer Homepage


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 qualified again for the GHSA playoffs in both 2014 and 2015 by finishing in the top 3 in Area 2-A, and advanced to the second round in each of these seasons. Playoff wins included Athens Academy at home (2014) and Savannah Country Day on the road (2015). The teams won 11 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.


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 Georgia 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 was 40-0 during its first two years of participation. 2012 marked the seventh straight “Final Four” appearance for the girl’s soccer program and they have appeared in five 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 at 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 fifth 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 the first round of the playoffs and advanced convincingly. The second round they played at Region Champion Calvary Day and advanced to their eighth 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 two-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 sixth consecutive season, defeating GHSA AAAA Atate Runner-Up Veterans High School 2-1 in the final, and won Area 2-A for the fourth consecutive season. They have never lost an Area match in their four 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 four seasons. The Vikings eventually fell in penalty kicks 4-3 to Pace Academy in the Finals.

In 2015 the Vikings started the season with a lot of questions. After graduating five multi-year starters, and going through the season with injuries, many questions had to be answered.

The team 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 seven years, in the process ending a seven-year unbeaten home streak, it was a learning experience for the players. As the season progressed the team began to emerge as a championship contender.

The team won Area 2-A with their fifth undefeated Area finish. The highlight was a 2-1 win over Stratford Academy as the team scored both goals in the last five 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 tenth straight Final Four appearance for the girls soccer program in both the GISA and GHSA.

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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