Sonny Travis was named the head coach of the Emory men's soccer program in July of 2007.
During his nine seasons at Emory, Travis has led the Eagles to a 112-42-13 record, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament and back-to-back 16-win seasons for the first time in school history in 2007 and 2008.
Travis has coached four different Emory players to all-America honors since 2007 – Patrick Carver (2007 and 2008), Marc Del Marmol (2008), Andrew Natalino (2010) and Matt Sherr (2014) – while seeing his players accumulate 16 all-region awards and 49 all-conference honors. He coached Carver to the University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player Award in both 2007 and 2008, saw Ben Schlang win the conference Rookie of the Year award in 2008, and led the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2008.
Most recently, Travis finished the 2015 season with a 9-6-2 record and 3-3-1 mark in UAA play, good enough for fourth place finish. Travis earned his 400th career victory on September 23rd, 2015 as Emory knocked off Sewanee 1-0 on the road. With the victory, Travis became just the 18th coach to reach the 400 wins milestone in Division III history and just the 39th coach to do so in all of NCAA men's soccer at the time.
In 2014, Travis led the Eagles to a 13-4-2 record and an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2014 season. It marked the Eagles’ 13th-consecutive season with a double-digit win total, and the team’s third-place finish in the UAA marked the seventh time in eight seasons under Travis that Emory has finished third or better in the conference. He won his 100th game with Emory on October 1st, 2014, with a 2-1 double-overtime victory at home against Oglethorpe University.
The prior season, Emory finished with an 11-5-2 record and a second-place finish in the UAA during the 2013 campaign.
In 2012, Travis guided the Eagles to a share of the UAA Championship, marking his second conference title with the team, and the program's seven overall. Emory qualified for the NCAA Tournament and claimed a 4-1 win over Roanoke College in the first round, giving the program its first postseason win since 1988 and just the second overall in the team's history. The Eagles advanced to the second round, where they were defeated by the eventual National Champions, ending the year with a record of 11-7-2.
Travis led the Eagles to a 14-3-2 record and a berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2010, as Emory finished the year ranked 18th in Division III. On September 18, 2010, he won his 50th game with the Eagles, reaching the mark in just 62 games, the fastest by any coach in the program's history. In 2008, he coached the Eagles to their first UAA Championship since the 1998 season, as Emory advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the campaign with a 16-2-1 overall record. In 2007, Travis helped the Eagles to a 16-3-0 record, as his squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He won the 300th match of his career during the Eagles' 4-0 win over Heidelberg College (Ohio), on September 15, 2007, becoming the 27th Division III head coach to do so at the time. The win came at the Adidas Invitational, hosted by Center College (Ky.), where Travis began his coaching career.
In 30 years of coaching at the Division III level, Travis has a career ledger of 406-134-50. Following the 2015 season, his .731 career winning percentage ranked him 42nd among NCAA all-Division coaches all-time, and 15th among Division III coaches all-time. His 406 victories entering 2016 are the 20th-most in Division III history, and 11thamong active Division III coaches.
Travis came to the Eagles' program after an extremely successful 18-year stint with the Virginia Wesleyan program. During his tenure, he established himself as the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 270-74-31. He directed Virginia Wesleyan to 13 NCAA appearances, including four this decade (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006), and eight Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships. He had three of his squads advance to the NCAA Tournament's Final 16. He had been honored as the "Coach of the Year" on 15 occasions including five ODAC Conference selections. For his work at Virginia Wesleyan, he was named to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as part of their fifth class in 2013. Travis was the head men's soccer coach at Virginia Wesleyan since 1989 and school's athletic director since 1999 before leaving for Emory. His career also includes a three-year stay at Centre College (1986-89). Travis holds a Class "A" license with the United States Soccer Federation as well as an NSCAA Premier Diploma. He serves as a state or district Olympic Development Program coach in three states.
Travis played collegiately at Slippery Rock University where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and health in 1977. He obtained his master's degree in physical education/sports administration concentration from the University of North Carolina in 1980
Cory Greiner Assistant Coach
Cory Greiner joined the Emory men's soccer program as an assistant coach in August of 2013. During his three seasons with the team, Greiner has helped lead the Eagles to a 33-15-6 overall record, and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014. Under Greiner, Emory finished second in the University Athletic Association in 2013, third in 2014 and fourth in 2015.
With Greiner on the staff, the Eagles have combined to win an All-America honor, two all-region awards, and 17 all-conference certificates over the last three seasons.
Greiner came to the Emory program after serving as the Technical Director of the SOCA Soccer Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2009. Among his duties included the coaching of elite youth boys teams (U10-U19), the implementation of a year-round player development model, and the oversight and management of all camps and clinics. As head coach, Greiner led two teams to VYSA State Cup Championships, the U18 Boys in 2008-09 and the U16 Boys in 2011-12.
Prior to his Technical Director responsibilities, Greiner was the Coaching Director for the Challenge Program for SOCA from 2006-09. A Virginia Olympic Development Program staff coach since 2010, Greiner holds both the USSF National 'B' License and USSF National Youth License.
"Cory brings a lot of experience as the Technical Director from SOCA, an elite soccer club in Virginia," Emory head coach Sonny Travis said upon Greiner's appointment. "He played at a very high level and, as a successful club coach, has made strong contacts throughout the South Region. He will be able to help our program technically, defensively and in recruiting. We are looking forward to having Cory join our staff."
As a player, Greiner was a four-year starter at Virginia Commonwealth University (1999-2002) and helped the Rams to NCAA Division I Tournament berths in 1999 and 2002. He earned his bachelor's degree from VCU in sport management with a business minor in 2003.
Steward Ceus Assistant Coach (Goalkeeper)
Steward Ceus joined the Emory men's osccer coaching staff as an assistant coach in April 2015. His primary duties will be working with the Eagles' goalkeepers.
He helped Emory to a 9-6-2 record during his first season with the team. The goalkeepers posted 0.73 goals against average under his tutelage which ranked 42nd in the country in 2015. Ceus comes to Emory with a plethora of experience at the professional ranks. After an all-American career at the University of Albany, he was selected as the 37th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. He went on to appear in four matches for the Rapids, while also seeing time with the Charlotte Eagles and Narpes Kraft Fotbollsforening of the Second Division Finnish League, before joining the Silverbacks at the start of the 2015 season. Ceus was recently named to the NASL's Team of the Week, following his first start with the Silverbacks.
He also has been a member of the Haitian Men's National Team since 2010, earning seven caps with the squad and is a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL.
In addition to his playing experience, Ceus has served as the Director of Goalkeeping for PrimoSports and the Colorado Fusion, while also working as the Goalkeeper Coach for World Class FC, Maximus FC and Cornwall FC.