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May, 2024

Anel Lilic Joins USL Staff!

Anel Lilic, who has spent the last two seasons on the University of North Georgia men's soccer staff, has been named the head men's soccer coach after leading the team on an interim basis in 2023. Lilic led the 2023 program to a season of firsts where the Nighthawks posted a 9-8-2 overall mark and 5-3-2 record in Peach Belt Conference play.

North Georgia's nine wins in 2023 was the most in the last six seasons for the UNG men's soccer program and marks only the third winning season since 2011. Lilic led the team to a late-season four-match winning streak marking the first time the Nighthawks were victorious in four straight matches since a program-record 10-match winning streak that dates back to the 2004 season. The steak was highlighted by a late season 2-1 home win over No. 16 Clayton State.

The Nighthawks' PBC semifinal appearance was the first time since 2017 that UNG has made an appearance in the league's final four.

Under Lilic's direction, the Nighthawks finished unbeaten (7-0-1) in home matches at the UNG Soccer Field at Lynn Cottrell Park. He also mentored five All-Conference selections which was the most in the NCAA era and the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year (Aram Lara).

Before coming back to UNG, Lilic also worked with Atlanta United as an Academy Goalkeeper Coach after a stint with Georgia Southern's women's soccer program. Prior to that, Lilic served as head coach at Flowery Branch High School, working with the girls' soccer program.

In his two-year tenure at FBHS, the Lady Falcons were 41-4-2 and reached the state semifinal and state championship.  
Lilic also served as a head coach for several age groups on the boys' side at Gwinnett Soccer Academy (GSA), Concorde Fire and is a goalkeeper coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP).

Collegiately, he worked in Dahlonega as a graduate assistant and volunteer assistant with the UNG men's soccer for six years beginning in 2013.

Lilic moved to Georgia from Sarajevo, Bosnia. He played collegiate soccer at Emmanuel College where he earned All-Region honors.


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