Bob Gray Retires as @HerdMSoccer Head Coach
Gray retires as third active winningest coach with 445 career wins
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s Bob Gray has announced that he is retiring as the Thundering Herd’s men’s soccer head coach, Thursday morning.
“Marshall men’s soccer would not be where it is today without Bob Gray,” said Mike Hamrick, Marshall’s Director of Athletics. “He is one of the sport’s winningest coaches and his impact on the lives of the young men who came through this program will forever be immeasurable. I thank him for his dedication to building a winning tradition at Marshall.”
Coach Gray ended the 2016 season as the third active winningest coach in Division I with 445 career victories during 40 years of coaching. He spent the past 22 years at Marshall and compiled 190 wins.
“I have enjoyed my time at Marshall and I am amazed at how far the program has come with regards to facilities, competition and respect,” Bob Gray said. “I have loved every moment and, most importantly, have cherished my relationships with all of my players and alumni at Marshall.
“I would like to thank all of my former and current assistant coaches for their hard work and making life easier for me. I would also like to thank the current administration, Mike Hamrick and Jeff O’Malley (Chief of Staff) for their support of both soccer programs and building the new facility.”
Gray was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1998 and the West Virginia Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Coach Gray began his coaching career at Baptist College (S.C.) in 1977 and then moved on to Alderson-Broaddus in 1978 where he stayed through the 1991 season. He then spent the next three seasons coaching at Mobile before coming to the Herd in 1995. Gray’s teams reached the NAIA Championship game in 1981, 1988 and 1994. He won the WVIAC League Title seven times and was named the conference Coach of the Year five times.
In 1991, his final season at Alderson-Broaddus, Coach Gray was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year.
During his time with the Herd, Marshall finished as the Mid-American Conference Regular Season Co-Champions on 2000, when he was also honored as MAC Coach of the Year, and reached the Conference USA Championship match in 2009 and 2015. Several of his players have gone on to professional careers in soccer in the U.S. and overseas including 2015 senior Nick Edginton currently for STK Samorin, a professional team in Slovakia.
Players under his tutelage at Marshall have been honored 79 times as all-conference selections and grabbed six specialty awards. Current Herd women’s soccer assistant coach Daniel Withrow was named Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012.
His players have also excelled in the classroom racking up 156 selections on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for a GPA of 3.0 or better during an academic year, and 31 C-USA Academic Medalists for a GPA of 3.75 or higher during an academic year. Marshall joined Conference USA in 2005. Seven players were selected as MAC Academic All-Conference and 10 players were honored as Conference USA All-Academic including 2016 senior Trevor Starcher.
“A special thanks to my family for putting up with all of the road trips and my time away from home,” Gray said. “It will be strange not to wake up thinking about what we will be doing at training today. Finally, I would just like to thank everyone for their support these past 22 years.”