Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE SOCCER ; Marshall Hires UC's Grassie as Men's Coach

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE SOCCER ; Marshall Hires UC's Grassie as Men's Coach

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After leading the University of Charleston men's soccer team to the NCAA Division II national championship game in two of the last three seasons, Chris Grassie has been named the next coach of the Marshall men's soccer team. "It was great to be around such a great group of guys and we achieved so much in the six years I was at Charleston, Grassie said. "Building those relationships and bringing that culture of excellence where we were perennially one of the best teams in Division II was a rewarding experience I'll never forget as we laid the foundation for long-term success.

The native of Newcastle upon Tyne in England got his coaching start at the Division I level with the Thundering Herd, serving as a graduate assistant for former coach Bobby Gray from 2004-06 before taking an assistant coaching job at the University of Michigan and eventually becoming the head coach at UC in 2010.

He'll take over for Gray, who retired from his post at Marshall after 22 seasons and 190 wins with the Thundering Herd.

"It's a really cool opportunity. Marshall was my first Division I program I worked at and it was the first puzzle I ever played with thinking about what I could do there if I ever got to become a head coach, Grassie said. "I learned a lot from Bobby and he's been a great supporter of mine throughout my career, who has always been willing to help me with anything. So I hope I can do him proud and improve on what he's built there and start to compete to win some championships and make it a successful new chapter.

During his time at UC, Grassie became the school's winningest coach in program history - compiling a record of 99-20-8 - and won a conference championship in all six of his seasons at the helm while making three consecutive trips to the Division II national semifinals.

"We are fortunate to have found a coach with this amount of success, Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. "We are excited to have someone who has competed for championships, who has played professionally and has developed professionals. He has a degree from Marshall and he lived in Huntington and wanted to come back and be part of the Thundering Herd family. That makes this a perfect fit.

While Grassie was an assistant at Michigan, the Wolverines won the Big Ten championship in 2010 and appeared in the College Cup, losing in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Akron. …

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