Mark Duble begins his 25th season as the Lady Scots’ head soccer coach in 2018. He is the longest-tenured coach and athletic administrator at Covenant. Duble also serves as an associate director of athletics.
He began coaching the Lady Scots club team in 1993 before the program became varsity in 1994. He "grew up" at Covenant, as his father was a Vice President for Advancement at Covenant College in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and he played for, and captained, the Scots soccer team as a player.
In 24 seasons with the Lady Scots his squads have compiled a 257-159-31 overall record. The 2006 team won the NAIA Region XII tournament to advance to the NAIA national tournament for the first time in program history. Duble has earned a conference Coach of the Year award six times, and a regional Coach of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. In his 23 seasons, Duble's teams have finished at or above .500 20 times.
All told, during Duble’s tenure as head coach, the program has produced 33 All-Americans, two national tournament appearances (one in the NAIA and one in the NCCAA), and 12 total conference championships spanning both the NAIA and NCAA. Excellence on the field also translated into sportsmanship as the program has received an NSCAA Team Ethics award 11 times since 2001.
In addition to the tremendous on-field success, 54 players have earned national scholar-athlete awards from either the NAIA or the NCCAA. Duble's teams are regularly recipients of the NSCAA Team Academic Award for their excellence as a group in the classroom. Additionally, over the last four years Duble's teams have collected 75 USA South All-Academic honors, including a program-record 20 in the 2015-16 academic year.
2017 was a special year for Duble and the program. Duble collected his 250th career coaching win with the Lady Scots' 4-0 victory over Oglethorpe on Homecoming Weekend (Sept. 16). The team ended the year 11-7-1 overall with a 5-2 mark in the USA South and an appearance in the semifinals of the USA South Tournament. It was the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Covenant finished the year with a winning record.
The 2016 edition of Duble's team had its best conference finish since joining the USA South as the Lady Scots placed second in the West Division in the regular season with an 11-3 record. The 11 victories set the program mark for most conference wins in a single season.
In 2013, the program's first year as full members of the USA South Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III, Duble's squad battled through injuries to compile a 10-9-2 overall and a 7-3-2 mark in conference play. The Lady Scots advanced to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament before falling to eventual champion Piedmont.
In 2012, the Lady Scots posted a 15-5-1 record and 9-1 in GSAC play which earned them a share of the conference regular season title, a first at the NCAA Division III level. The 15 wins was tied for the second most in school history. Covenant placed seven players on the All-Conference team and had two NCCAA All-Americans (Kathryn Allison and Katelyn Newsome).
Active in professional coaching organizations, he has served eight years as the conference soccer chair, five as regional chair, and two years as the NAIA Women’s Soccer National President. He and his wife Lynn, also a Covenant alum and former athlete herself, have been married for 33 years, and have five children: Allen, Chelsey, Charles, Faith, and John Mark.
Year-by-Year Coaching Records
2004: 14-3-1 (9-0 AAC)
2005: 13-4-3 (8-0 AAC)
2006: 15-4 (8-0 AAC) - NAIA Tournament appearance
2007: 10-6-3 (4-0-3 AAC)
2008: 10-7-2 (4-1-2 AAC)
2009: 9-9-4 (3-1-3 AAC) - NCCAA Tournament appearance
2011: 10-9-2 (6-1-1 GSAC)
2012: 15-5-1 (9-1 GSAC) - GSAC Regular Season Champs
2013: 10-9-2 (7-3-2 USA South)
2014: 9-10-1 (7-4 USA South)
2015: 10-5-1 (8-3-1 USA South)
2016: 13-5 (11-3 USA South)
2017: 11-7-1 (5-2 USA South)
Total: 257 wins, 159 losses, 31 ties in 24 seasons