July 14, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va – Marshall men’s soccer head coach Chris Grassie announced Friday that Petsa Ivanovic will join the team as a volunteer coach. Ivanovic played and coached for Grassie at the University of Charleston.
“I’m extremely excited to add Petsa to our staff,” coach Grassie said. “I know how lucky our players will be to get to work with a coach of his talents on a daily basis. It also gives me great pleasure that Petsa has decided to get back into college coaching, as he is one of the best young coaches in the country.
“Having worked with him for three years, I am very familiar with his work rate, professionalism, and aptitude for this position. Marshall soccer will benefit significantly from having him on staff.”
Ivanovic joins Alex Fatovic and Conor Branson as assistant coaches in coach Grassie’s first season at the helm.
Ivanovic rejoins Grassie after working together for three years at the University Charleston from 2012-14. Originally from Palanka, Serbia, Ivanovic moved to Mladost Apatin academy at the age of 12. He made his professional debut when he was 17. Ivanovic spent another year playing second division in Serbia before arriving at the University of Charleston in 2008. In 2009, Ivanovic was one of the key players in Charleston’s squad that ended the season in the Elite 8 and ranked number seven in the NCAA DII.
For his efforts on the field Ivanovic earned All-American accolades. In 2010 he moved to NCAA DI Jacksonville University in Florida where he captained the team for two years earning Academic All-Conference First team award in his senior year.
After graduating from Jacksonville University with a degree in Business Management, Ivanovic returned to West Virginia to play PDL soccer for the WV Chaos, which at the time was at coached by Chris Grassie. After working together in the PDL, Coach Grassie brought Ivanovic on staff at Charleston, first as a volunteer, and then as an assistant coach.
In his three years at UC, Ivanovic played a big role in helping the Golden Eagles to the school’s first NCAA National Final in 2014. UC also spend most of the season as the No. 1 nationally ranked team. Ivanovic took key roles in video analysis, development of nutrition and fitness programs as well as coaching training sessions. He was also instrumental in getting UC’s Junior Varsity team up and running.
While at UC, Ivanovic also earned a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership, graduating in Dec. 2014. He currently holds a USSF D license and has been working with numerous youth soccer clubs in the Charleston/Huntington area for eight years winning three state championships along the way.
Ivanovic is also the head coach for WV ODP 2000 boys’ team, WV Futbol Club 2002 boys’ team, and WV Futbol Club 2004 girls’ team.