"I have decided to step down as head coach of the men's soccer program at NC State University," said Tarantini. "I want to say a special ‘thank you' to all of my players, coaches and administrators with whom I worked. I have met so many wonderful people that have touched my life and soul forever."
"We want to thank George for all he accomplished for NC State Soccer," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow. "The NCAA appearances and tournament championship made a difference for us. George also valued having an academically-sound team, something we appreciate. We wish him the best of everything in his retirement."
Tab Ramos, Roy Lassiter, Henry Gutierrez, Dario Brose, Scott Schweitzer, and Pablo Mastroeni, all members of the U.S. National Team at one time during their careers, played for Tarantini at NC State. In all, he produced 12 All-Americans and four ACC Players of the Year during his tenure, with Aaron King earning the most recent All-America nod. NC State has enjoyed success on the international level as well, boasting a player on five of the last six U.S. World Cup squads (Tab Ramos in 1990, 94, 98 and Pablo Mastroeni in 2002, 06).
Tarantini earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1992 and 1994 and was the NCAA regional coach of the year in 1994. He directed the Wolfpack to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips in the last eight seasons. In 1990, the Wolfpack won the ACC championship and advanced to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion UCLA on penalty kicks.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately, chaired by Senior Associate Athletic Director and soccer sport supervisor, Chris Kingston. Dan Popik will continue in his current role as Associate Head Coach and will manage the team in the interim.