Prior to joining the FGCU men’s soccer staff, Prizant served as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville. In his one year at Evansville, Prizant helped the Aces reach the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. A record-tying four players made the All-Midwest Region Team in 2009. The 2009 team was recognized by each of the major national polls, receiving votes in the Soccer Times and NSCAA national polls as well as being ranked nationally in the Top Drawer Soccer polls.
Prizant's coaching career began shortly after he graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Prizant served as Head Coach at SUNY Old Westbury in Old Westbury N.Y. from 2001-04, At age 23, he was the youngest Division III head coach in the country. In his time at Old Westbury, Prizant served on the ECAC selection committee and the NSCAA Metro Region Rankings committee. In each of his four seasons, Old Westbury finished in the top half of conference standings and had at least one Regional All-America selection each season.
After four seasons at Old Westbury, Prizant joined US Youth Soccer to work as the Associate Director of Coaching for the state of Alabama. In Alabama, Prizant was responsible for the training and development of 2000+ registered coaches, as well as the co-director for the states’ Olympic Development Program.
After a successful tenure in Alabama, Prizant moved to Florida to resume a more hands on approach in coaching with various youth soccer organizations in Southwest Florida. In addition, Prizant has served on the staff of the Olympic Development Program in Florida since 2006, and is currently on the Region III ODP Staff.
Prizant has coached various club teams to several major accomplishments including finalists or championships in:
In addition Prizant has been fortunate to work with several players that have featured for NCAA Division I Men's and Women's teams as well as both the MLS and WPS.
Mark's Core Beliefs:
I believe players who are fundamentally sound will play the game for life and be more successful over the long term. All players inherently want to keep the ball. All players are capable of playing the game in an attractive possession style, they simply need to be trained and encouraged to play that way. Players should receive honest feedback at all times- even if that means a player will not like what I have to say. When a player receives an honest compliment it means so much more.