|Soccer and Grant Serafy were synonymous In Macon for more than two decades after he took over the boys program at Stratford Academy in 1988. In just his third season, he led the Eagles to the first of six GISA state titles while compiling an overall record boys record of 215-64-13.
While Serafy enjoyed unparalleled success with the boys team, his greatest accomplishments came while coaching the girls team at Stratford. He guided the girls squad to nine consecutive GISA state titles with an overall record of 153-14-4. The Stratford girls were nationally ranked three times while he was at the helm.
He entered the college ranks in 2004 taking over the Mercer University women’s program, and he coached the Bears for eight seasons before stepping down in 2011. By his third year with the Bears, his team had recorded a program-best 11 wins, and he was named the A-Sun Conference Coach of the year. His final Mercer team in 2011 finished with a 10-8-2 record, which gave the Bears their fifth consecutive winning record, the longest sustained winning record in program history. The 2011 squad advanced to the A-Sun Championship game for the fourth time in five seasons. His 2008 team won the A-Sun regular-season title, and his 2010 squad won the conference tournament, earning the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
His Mercer teams performed well in the classroom, as well. During his tenure, he had a total of 106 student athletes honored as A-Sun All-Academic team members, and his team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award.
Serafy left Mercer in 2011 but didn’t leave the sport. He briefly coached the New York Red Bulls Youth team of the MLS and continued to play in adult leagues while working in graphic design. In his graphic design business, he has done soccer coaching templates for UConn, UAB and N.C. State, among others. He took over as the boys head coach at the Lovett School in Atlanta in 2017.