Alumnus Scott Halkett ’96 Promoted to Men’s Soccer Associate Head Coach

May 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Scott Halkett

USC Upstate men’s soccer head coach Dr. Greg Hooks announced Wednesday the promotion of Scott Halkett to associate head coach beginning with the 2017 season.

A 2005 inductee into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame, Halkett recently completed his fourth season on the Spartans coaching staff. He played an instrumental role in helping Upstate make its first-ever appearance in the ASUN Tournament championship game during the 2015 season. Throughout his four seasons with the program, the Spartans have had five ASUN All-Conference and four All-Freshman Team selections, as well as two ASUN Scholar-Athletes of the Year, two NSCAA All-Region and Academic All-Americans, and one ASUN Player and Freshman of the Year.

“I am very pleased for Scott as he has earned this promotion,” Hooks said. “He is a valuable part of our program, and USC Upstate and the men’s soccer program are fortunate to have him here. This promotion is well deserved.”

Halkett served as a volunteer assistant coach with Upstate until being promoted to assistant coach before the 2013 season. Halkett was one of the central figures in the soccer program as it made its mark in the early days of the University’s membership in NCAA Division II. His stellar four-year career as the starting sweeper culminated with an appearance in the 1995 national title game. The 1995 team and its 1998 counterpart remain the only Peach Belt men’s soccer teams to ever advance to play for a national title in the championship match.

“I am really honored to have been given this promotion” Halkett said. “I would like to thank Greg Hooks and Lee Fowler for having the confidence in me and allowing me to play a bigger role in the program.”

Halkett was the leader on the team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times and tallied a 67-13-6 record during his time in the program from 1992-95. His teams won two regular season Peach Belt Conference championships and four Peach Belt Conference tournament titles. He helped lead the then-Rifles to four consecutive Top 10 final national rankings, including a program-high No. 2 final ranking in 1995.

He earned First Team All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 and was a four-time All-Region and All-Conference selection. He also earned three Peach Belt All-Tournament Team honors. As a testament to his ability, he was chosen to play in the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic his senior year in 1995.

Halkett graduated from Upstate in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.