South Carolina and Wake Forest to play at Stone Stadium on Thursday.
Gamecocks and Mustangs to play on Friday at 6 p.m. ET
Gamecocks continue Conference USA action on Saturday at Stone Stadium vs. Marshall.
Gamecocks enter SMU contest with a 3-0-0 mark in C-USA play.
Both the Gamecocks and Knights enter the contest with an undefeated record in league play.
Bert Molinary begins his eighth season as an assistant coach for the South Carolina men's soccer program and his seventh season as the recruiting coordinator. In January 2011, Molinary was named one of CollegeSoccerNews.com's Top 20 Assistant Coaches for 2011.
Molinary's responsibilities span all areas of the program, including scheduling, budget, equipment, alumni relations and academics. He also coordinates recruiting, helping to bring in a top-20 recruiting class in 2006, while in 2007 the South Carolina recruiting class ranked No. 10, the 2008 class ranked No. 14, the 2009 class No. 23, the 2010 class ranked No. 16 and the most recent 2011 class ranked No. 11 in the nation according to CollegeSoccerNews.com.
South Carolina won the 2010 Conference USA Tournament Championship, earning the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament en route to a first-round bye. The home field advantage propelled the Gamecocks to a 1-0 win over Duke during the second round, advancing the squad to the Round of 16. South Carolina concluded the season ranked No. 12 in the final NSCAA Top 25 Poll.
Three Gamecocks were selected in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, as Sam Arthur (Chicago Fire), Blake Brettschneider (DC United) and Jimmy Maurer (New York Red Bulls) were drafted following their senior seasons at Carolina.
The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament in Molinary's first two seasons on the staff and captured the Conference USA Tournament Championship in 2005, Carolina's first season competing in the league. Before joining the Gamecock staff, Molinary spent eight years as the head men's soccer coach at Hampden-Sydney College.
During his tenure at Hampden-Sydney, Molinary compiled an impressive list of credentials, including a 94-57-6 (.618) overall record, with his victory total and winning percentage rating as the best in school history. Along with his record number of coaching victories, he guided the Tigers to a national ranking of No. 22 in 1997, marking the first-ever appearance by a Hampden-Sydney soccer team in the national poll. Molinary served six seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney prior to taking over as the program's head coach.
At Hampden-Sydney, Molinary coached a pair of NSCAA/adidas All-Americans, 25 NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selections and 21 first-team All-ODAC selections.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Molinary served as the Chairman of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Soccer Coaches Committee, as the South Region Chairman of the NSCAA Men's All-America Selection Committee and as a member of the NCAA South Region Advisory Committee.
Throughout his career, Molinary has coached 12 players that have either been drafted or entered professional soccer. Included in the group along with the 2011 MLS draftees are USL participants Tyler Ruthven, Will Traynor and Mark Wiltse, while Erik Ozimek was a fourth-round selection by San Jose of the MLS, and Andy Kwon, a member of the U-20 National Pool who was a third-round selection by Rochester of the A-League. Molinary has also been involved in coaching the South Carolina Olympic Development program. He served as the head coach for the 1992 age group in 2006-07, the 1994 age group in 2007-08 and the 1996 squad for the 2008-09 season.
Molinary served as head coach of the Columbia Patriots Soccer Club from 1990-94, leading the team to five South Carolina State Cup Championships.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Molinary played two years for former Hampden-Sydney head coach Mike Reilly at Spartanburg Methodist College. In those two years, SMC compiled a 29-5 record and in 1985, reached the Southeast Region Finals of the NJCAA Championships, attaining a final national ranking of seventh.
Molinary is a 1984 graduate of Spring Valley High School, where he played for the highly-respected coach John Boulware.