New University of Illinois Springfield women’s soccer coach Molly Grisham is coming back home and returning to a school where she once studied.
Today is the first day on the job for the 1992 Chatham Glenwood High School graduate. She was the head coach at NCAA Division II Wayne State College in Nebraska the previous four seasons.
Grisham received a master’s degree from UIS in 2002. At the time, the school did not yet have a women’s soccer program.
“I have nothing but good memories, especially the men’s soccer program,” she said. “The opportunity to develop on the women’s side is there.
“I’m excited about the opportunity of me having a chance to be back in the soccer community, which is a real draw. It is a chance to recruit in-state players and take the program to the next level.”
The 39-year-old is the second coach since UIS began its program in 2008. She replaces Pete Kowall, now an assistant at Indiana State University. He was 16-56-4 in five seasons beginning with the inaugural season.
The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on June 6, 2013.
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