Suzie Grech Promoted to Houston Soccer Associate Head Coach
July 31, 2013
"Suzie has been very valuable to the growth of our soccer program over the past year,” Pfau said. “Her head coaching experience has allowed her to come in and make an immediate impact on and off the field. I am very excited to name her as an associate head coach this season as we head into a new conference.”
Elevated to associate head coach, Grech served as an assistant for the Cougars during the 2012 season after being hired June 25, 2012.
“It is an honor to work for the University of Houston and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my career alongside the incredible staff, student-athletes, and administration as the associate head coach,” Grech said.
“Houston is a special place with great people and I am excited about the direction in which head coach Chris Pfau is leading this program as we enter the American Athletic Conference,” Grech said. “I consider myself very fortunate to work for a head coach of his caliber. I would like to thank Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades, Senior Woman Administrator DeJuena Chizer, and coach Pfau for entrusting me with this position."
2012 SEASON at HOUSTON
Grech, an exceptional goalkeeper in her playing days, worked directly with the keepers in 2012, and helped junior Cami Koski pitch four shutouts to bring her career total to 15 – a total which is now tops for any goalkeeper in Cougar history.
PRIOR TO HOUSTON
Grech, whose name is pronounced Gr-etch (rhymes with sketch), joined the Houston program after spending three seasons as the head coach of the Western Michigan women's program. There, she put together one of the most successful three-year runs in program history, appearing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament title games in 2010 and 2011.
ABOUT PLAYING CAREER
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. She also holds a United States Federation (USSF) National "B" License and has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) advanced national goalkeeping diploma.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2013 SEASON TICKETS
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