July 24, 2012
Houston Soccer Assistant Coach Suzie Grech is in her first season with the Cougars in 2012.
She spent the previous three seasons at Western Michigan, where she assembled one of the most successful three=year runs in program history, appearing in the Mid-American Conference Tournament title games in 2010 and 2011.
Grech, whose last name rhymes with sketch, joined Western Michigan as an assistant coach in 2008 before being promoted to head coach in 2010.
Prior to Western Michigan, Grech was an assistant at Marshall for two seasons (2005-2006) and coached at the high school level (2007). Grech, a standout goalkeeper at the University of Michigan from 2000-2003, is the all-time leader in goals-against average and shutouts and ended her collegiate career with a record of 36-18-3.
The Philadelphia, native also participated internationally for Spain, where she earned a silver medal at the European Women's U-18 Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Grech received her bachelor's degree in physical education in 2005 from Michigan and received her master's degree in sports administration from Marshall in 2006.
You can read more about Coach Grech's outstanding career by visiting her profile here. To learn more about Coach Grech personally, keep reading!
What celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I can honestly say that I have never been mistaken for a celebrity, however, I have been on more than one occasion been told that I remind people of Queen Latifah. I am still trying to figure that one out, but I will take it because she is a talented woman.
What is something that no one else knows about you?
I'm not sure that I have a ton of secrets. Can't really think of any at the moment so may need to get back to you with this answer.
What was your favorite junior high musical group/artist?
I was all over the place with the music I listened to in middle school. It ranged all the way from Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey to Nirvana and R.E.M. One of my all time favorite bands that I started listening to in middle school is Counting Crows.
If you could have dinner with one person past or present who would it be? Why?
If I could only pick one person it would probably be my grandfather Satur. He passed a little over 10 years ago and I never really had the full opportunity to talk to him about coaching. He coached professionally in Spain throughout the 50's and 60's. I would just love to know what his experience was like working at that level and get to know his secrets of the game. Get a chance to talk soccer with him.
Do you have a hidden talent?
My only hidden talent is I can wiggle my ears. Not very special I know.
What are your pre game rituals?
The only thing that i know I do every single game is during the national anthem I sway and rock up and back on my toes. I started this when I was playing in college at University of Michigan and it has stuck with me ever since. Sometimes I'll shake my my legs out too as if I am about to play.
If you could be famous for something other than coaching what would it be?
I have always wanted to be in a Broadway production. To be able to sing and dance on stage without being completely petrified and of course do both well would be amazing.
If you could coach any other sport, what sport would it be? Why?
I would like to try to coach swimming. I used to swim and I love the water. Plus I like the idea that it is so drastically different from soccer. In the water, an individual sport, the technique and strength that goes into it. Plus I would get to play in the water all day.
What is your favorite memory?
One of my favorite memories is getting my first dog, Baxter. I first saw him when he was 8 weeks old sitting in his crate just staring at me with sad eyes. It was over at that moment. I had to have him. It was quite the ordeal to adopt him though. He was from a Humane Society in Ann Arbor, MI but because I wasn't a MI resident at the time, they would not give him to me, so my friend and teammate Abby did me a huge favor and signed all the papers. I waited down the street because I had visited him so much that I didn't want the Humane Society to figure out that I was behind his adoption.