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Covenant College

Covenant College Athletics
14049 Scenic Highway Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Scott Bosgraf

Scott Bosgraf begins his fifth year as head men's soccer coach in 2021 after being promoted to the position in the summer of 2017. Bosgraf is in his 13th year overall with the program after three years as the full-time assistant coach and five as a part-time assistant.


FAST FACTS


Years at Covenant (head coach): 4 (2017-present)


Overall record: 47-22-5 (.669)


Conference record: 31-9-2 (.762)


Conference regular season titles: 1 (2019 - USA South West Division)


AWARDS


2019 USA South Coach of the Year


2018 Covenant College Rudy and Collyn Schmidt Service Award


PROGRAM ACCOLADES


1 United Soccer Coaches All-America (Jesse Riggs, 2019)


1 CoSIDA Academic All-America (Paul Lemay, 2019)


5 United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic region choices


15 All-USA South selections (7 first team choices)


6 All-USA South West honorees


32 USA South All-Academic honorees (through 2019-20)


4 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections


SEASON HIGHLIGHTS


2020: A season moved from the fall to the spring did not hamper Bosgraf's team as the Scots went 6-2-1 overall and 5-1 in the USA South. Covenant placed first in the USA South West Division (no official regular season title was awarded by the league for fall sports in spring 2021). The Scots had five first team All-USA South West selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees.


2019: In his third year, Bosgraf's team had an impressive campaign. The Scots finished 18-2-2 and a perfect 13-0 in the USA South en route to a West Division regular season title, the first regular season title in the NCAA era of the program. Covenant earned the No. 1 overall seed in the USA South Tournament and advanced to the title match for a second straight year. Bosgraf was named USA South Coach of the Year, while senior Paul Lemay was the Goalkeeper of the Year and a total of six Scots made first team All-USA South. The 18 wins were the most for the program since 2002, while the Scots set a USA South and program record for conference wins (13).


A total of five Scots were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region team, while Jesse Riggs earned All-America second team honors. Paul Lemay was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection.


2018: Bosgraf's team got back near the top of the USA South in 2018. The Scots went 14-6-1 overall and advanced to the USA South Tournament championship match. The 9-2-1 conference record tied a program record for conference wins in a season, and the most in the NCAA era. Bosgraf also coached six players to All-USA South honors.


2017: In his first season as head coach, Bosgraf's team advanced to the USA South Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2014. Covenant finished the year 9-12-1 overall and 4-6-1 in USA South play. Carl Simakoff was named All-USA South honorable mention and Matt Morefield was selected to the USA South All-Tournament team. Before the season began, Bosgraf took nearly the entire team on a mission trip to the Cayman Islands.


SERVING


During his time at Covenant, Bosgraf has been an embodiment of what it means to be a servant and a leader. Bosgraf's enthusiasm and willingness to assist in a multitude of ways, not only to the athletic department but to the college as a whole, was recognized in the fall of 2018 when he received Covenant College's Rudy and Collyn Schmidt Service Award.


QUOTABLE


"I am very humbled and thankful to be given this opportunity by Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Tim Sceggel. Their support, encouragement and trust have been outstanding," Bosgraf said at the time of his promotion. "To be given this opportunity at Covenant College is truly special for me and my family. Covenant, and specifically Covenant men's soccer, has had a huge impact on my life both as a player and coach and I look forward as the head coach to continuing the process of shaping young men's lives for Christ and his Kingdom. I am truly excited about the program and look forward to getting started."


PLAYING CAREER


Bosgraf played for the Scots from 1985-88, under head coach Brian Crossman, and graduated in 1989 with a degree in history. In his senior year as a player at Covenant, Bosgraf was a team captain, an All-NAIA District 24 and All-South third team selection while ranking 17th in the country in assists per game. In 1996, he returned to be an assistant coach under Crossman through the 2004 season.


BEFORE COVENANT


Bosgraf has been active in the coaching field at various levels for many years. Bosgraf served as head coach for the Chattanooga FC Club team and has held assistant positions at both Baylor School and Chattanooga Christian. Since 2013, Bosgraf has been a staff coach with the Tennessee Olympic Development Program coaching U13-U19 boys and girls. From 2009-11, he was an assistant for Crossman with Chattanooga FC. Bosgraf was a head coach at East Ridge Soccer Association from 2009-12 and led his U18 Boys team to a Division II state championship in 2011. Additionally, he has served as a coach, board member and director for the Lookout Mountain Soccer Association.


Bosgraf spent several years as an assistant with the Covenant program. After a short stint away from the program, Bosgraf came back to Covenant in 2009 as the goalkeeper coach for head coach Nathan Pifer and held that position through the 2013 season before becoming the full-time assistant the next season.


FAMILY


He and his wife, Lansing, live on Lookout Mountain, Ga. The couple has three children, Alexandra, Hamilton, and Mya. They are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.


YEAR-BY-YEAR


2017: 9-12-1 (4-6-1 USA South)


2018: 14-6-1 (9-2-1 USA South)


2019: 18-2-2 (13-0 USA South)


2020: 6-2-1 (5-1 USA South) ... 2020 season played in spring 2021 (COVID-19)

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Anthony Buzzeo

Anthony Buzzeo enters his first year as assistant coach in 2021.


No stranger to Lookout Mountain, Buzzeo played four years with the Scots between 2016-19 and appeared in 66 matches during his tenure. Buzzeo spent last season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Howard Payne University.


"I'm excited to be home at Covenant College! This school and program has given so much to me and I’m ready to give back," said Buzzeo. "I’m eager to learn under Coach Bosgraf and feel prepared to take on the challenges that await Covenant men’s soccer. I’m grateful for the growth and experiences I had at Howard Payne University over the last year. I know that I can use the experiences and wisdom gathered there to continue the push for success here at Covenant."


"I am thrilled to have Anthony join the men's soccer coaching staff. As a former player at Covenant, Anthony is very familiar with our program and culture and will have an immediate impact on and off the field for us," added Bosgraf. "Anthony is a true student of the game and has a passion for player development, which will pay dividends as we strive to reach our potential. I am very thankful God has brought Anthony back to Covenant and look forward to watching him use his gifts to further Christ's kingdom through soccer."


In his playing career at Covenant, Buzzeo tallied 11 goals and three assists while making 26 starts for the Scots. He was a USA South All-Academic team selection in 2018-19 and helped the Scots to a USA South West Division regular season title in 2019 after a perfect 13-0-0 conference season.


He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Covenant in 2020 and is in the process of obtaining a master's degree in sports and wellness leadership from Howard Payne.


"My coaching style tends to be more relational and servant-minded which fits the holistic development desired by Covenant Athletics," continued Buzzeo. "I’m excited to be able to help my players grow on the field in their technical, tactical, and physical abilities as well as off the field in their spiritual, academic, and everyday lives."

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