Courtesy of WMU Sports Information
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard announced today that Suzie Grech will become the interim head coach of the Western Michigan women's soccer team, effective immediately, after the resignation of former head coach Mike Haines.
"I'm proud to announce Suzie Grech as the new leader of our women's soccer program," Beauregard said. "She has done a tremendous job as an assistant over the last two seasons and after talking with members of my staff and our current student-athletes we feel she is absolutely the right choice to lead the Broncos into the 2009 season."
"I'd like to thank Kathy Beauregard for entrusting me with the Western Michigan women's soccer program and I'm excited about the possibilities for the upcoming season," Grech said. "Furtheremore, I'd like to sincerely thank Coach Haines for bringing me to Western Michigan. His mentorship during these last two seasons has been incredibly valuable in my growth as a coach."
Grech, the third head coach in school history, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant at WMU and was acting head coach during a portion of the recent spring season when the Broncos compiled a record of 4-0-1. In her second season in Kalamazoo, Grech helped the Broncos move up seven spots in the standings and finish fifth in the Mid-American Conference in 2008 with a 7-10-1 overall mark and 6-4-1 in the conference.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native arrived in Kalamazoo after spending the 2007 preseason at Michiagn as a volunteer assistant coach. She also served as the assistant girl’s soccer coach at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School during the 2007 season.
Prior to her stint around Ann Arbor, Grech was an assistant at Marshall for two seasons, acting as the goalkeeper coach. With the Thundering Herd, she was in charge of technical and tactical training of the goalies and assisted with on-field instruction. She also was highly involved in recruiting, travel and other administrative duties.
Grech played at Michigan from 2000-2003, and left the women’s soccer program as the all-time leader in goals-against average and shutouts, ending her career with a record of 36-18-3. Her Michigan teams made four NCAA appearances in 2000, 2001, 2002 (Elite Eight) and 2003 (Sweet Sixteen), and in 2001, she earned Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region honors.
Grech also participated internationally for Spain, where she earned a silver medal at the European Women’s U-18 Championships in 1999 and 2000. She garnered six International Caps with the full national team, and 14 International Caps with the U-18 national team.
From 2003 to 2005, she coached at Brighton (Mich.) High School and served as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan’s Soccer Club.
Grech graduated from Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2005 and received her master’s degree in sports administration from Marshall in 2006. She holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “B” License and has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) advanced national goalkeeping diploma.