Grant Named Head Coach at Bakersfield
Jan. 14, 2014
Richie Grant, who coached 15 seasons at the University of Memphis compiling a 135-116-22 record, has been named the head men’s soccer coach at Cal State University-Bakersfield. CSUB Director of Athletics Jeff Konya made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to have attracted such a quality coach to lead our men’s soccer program here in Bakersfield,” said Konya. “Richie brings an impressive resume from an established, winning program in a major conference so we know he is the right person to help continue the success of our men’s soccer program make a mark on the national level.”
Grant is the all-time winningest coach in Memphis history. He was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004. In both those seasons, he led the Tigers to new program records for victories while also leading Memphis to the 2004 C-USA Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
“On behalf of (wife) Jodi and I, I would like to thank both the University of Memphis and the Athletic Department for the wonderful experience we’ve enjoyed over the past 15 years,” Grant said. “I am especially grateful to Chris Bartels and Bobby Kilpatrick for recommending me for the position in 1999.”
During his career at Memphis, Grant led the Tigers to a berth in the C-USA Tournament eight times. The Tigers also qualified for the American Athletic Conference Tournament last fall in the program’s first season in the new league.
“I want to thank Richie for his years of service to the University of Memphis and our athletic program,” said Memphis Director of Athletics Tom Bowen. “I speak for the entire coaching and administrative staff in wishing he and his family much success.”
The University of Memphis will launch a national search for its next men’s soccer coach in the coming days.