Jan. 17, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- During its annual convention last week in Kansas City, Mo., Marshall University head men’s soccer coach Bob Gray was recognized with a Letter of Commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Each year, the NSCAA awards individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to the sport both on and off the field of competition, and this year, it was the Thundering Herd coach’s turn to be recognized.
In his 37 years of collegiate coaching, Gray has done plenty to earn the respect of his colleagues, most recently by leading the Marshall men’s soccer team to a winning regular-season and Conference USA tournament berth. Gray’s recognition stems far beyond his most recent achievements, though, as he has long cemented himself in West Virginian and American soccer lore.
Boasting 411 career wins, Gray is among the top-5 winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I men’s soccer. Also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, Gray has coached for four different institutions, including the University of Mobile and his alma-mater, Alderson-Broaddus, and left each one with a winning record. In 1991, following a successful 13-4-2 season at Alderson-Broaddus, he was recognized as the NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
A chairman on various soccer boards across the nation and state, Gray has also become very involved in the soccer community off the field by serving as director of the West Virginia Rowdies club teams that have won multiple state championships. He is also the chairman of the player selection committee for the MLS Combine, and in 2004 was appointed to the USSF National Instructional Staff.