Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey today named Matt Grawrock director of soccer.
In addition to his duties as head women's soccer coach, Grawrock will now coach and recruit for Southern Virginia men's soccer.
"Matt [Grawrock] has proven himself a successful coach and recruiter as head women's soccer coach over the past six years," said Doxey. "He brings a wealth of soccer knowledge to our men's program and his leadership will be vital as we transition to full NCAA Division III membership over the next four years."
Grawrock became Southern Virginia's head women's soccer coach in 2007 and has since compiled 46 career wins—the second-most coaching wins in program history—highlighted by a USCAA national championship during his second season in 2008. He has also guided women's soccer to fifth-place (2009) and third-place (2010) finishes at nationals, while coaching 15 USCAA All-Americans and 14 Academic All-Americans over the past six seasons.
With one game still remaining for Southern Virginia women's soccer in 2012, the Knights have already netted 53 total goals—the most of any Grawrock-coached team—compared to 40 goals by their opponents.
Grawrock inherits men's soccer from Assistant Athletic Director Tony Caputo, who is stepping down as the program's all-time winningest coach (62-47-2) after being named head men's basketball coach last May. Caputo also coaches men's tennis at Southern Virginia, in addition to his assistant athletic director responsibilities.
"We're very thankful to Tony [Caputo] for his contributions to our men's soccer program," Doxey said. "Matt will continue to build upon the foundation laid by Tony, as well as the team's previous coaches."
Prior to becoming Southern Virginia's head women's soccer coach, Grawrock was head girl's soccer coach at Valley Catholic High School (Beaverton, Ore.) from 2002-05, amassing a 36-19-6 (.639) record during that time, including four league playoff appearances and two trips to the state tournament.
While a student at Southern Virginia, Grawrock served as an assistant women's soccer coach under the program's all-time winningest coach, Joe Bouchelle (49-24-2), from 1999-2001. The Knights went 37-14-1 (.721) under Bouchelle and Grawrock culminating in a 2001 NSCAA national championship.
Grawrock also played keeper for one season on Southern Virginia's 1998 men's soccer team that placed sixth at the NSCAA national tournament.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity," said Grawrock who is also the athletic department's head compliance officer. "I'm grateful to Tony for the groundwork he's paved for the men's program and I'm looking forward to the challenge of a Capital Athletic Conference schedule next fall."
As a provisional NCAA Division III member, Southern Virginia has accepted an invitation to join the Capital Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2013. Twelve of Southern Virginia's 13 sponsored sports will play full CAC schedules during the 2013-14 academic year with only football remaining independent.
"We'll definitely face the toughest schedule in school history next fall," Grawrock said. "But we have a lot of talent returning and we'll recruit hard this summer. Our goal is to be very competitive as soon as we enter the CAC."