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Niall Lepper is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach for Loyola's men's soccer team. Lepper, one of Loyola's all-time finest defensive stoppers, was a first-team All-MAAC selection each of his playing years at Loyola, earning the conference's Player of the Year award as both a junior and senior.
Lepper captained the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and led the `Hounds to an impressive 42-11-6 record his three seasons with the program. He played under Mark Mettrick at Mount St. Mary's as a freshman and transferred to Loyola when Mettrick came to Evergreen in 2000.
In his first season at Loyola, Lepper was named team co-MVP, leading a Greyhound defense that allowed a total of 10 goals all season. He earned first-team All-MAAC honors, scoring two goals on three shots. As a junior, Lepper anchored a defense that allowed eight goals in the team's final 19 games. He was the MAAC Player of the Year and a South Atlantic Regional All-America.
In his final season at Loyola, Lepper once again made the MAAC first-team and once again won Player of the Year honors. He led the `Hounds to a second-straight NCAA postseason appearance and finished his career with 22 points.
A native of Scotland, Lepper played on Scotland's Under-18 National Team. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola in 2003 and is currently pursuing a masters in international business at Loyola.