By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University women's soccer head coach Matt Grawrock became the all-time wins leader in women's soccer program history during the 2013 season.
Since becoming Southern Virginia's head women's soccer coach in 2007, Grawrock has compiled 53 career wins — more than any other women's soccer coach in school history. He tied the former best mark of 49 wins held by Joe Bouchelle (1999-2002) in a 7-0 victory over Penn State Harrisburg on Sept. 28, then broke the record with a 7-0 win over Fisher College on Oct. 11.
"It's been very rewarding to be the head coach of the women's team," Grawrock said. "The ability to be associated with the young women who have come through here is wonderful. I'm very honored to represent the university with them.
"The program is where it's at because of the girls who have bought in to what we're trying to sell. They buy into the idea that you can be smart, athletic, and successful at both. To have been the head coach for seven years has been a very rewarding experience.
"Certainly there are challenges, but you get to coach the sport you love and be associated with great young people. I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a head coach."
Grawrock has also led the women's program to tremendous postseason success, capturing a USCAA national championship in 2008, followed by fifth- and third-place finishes in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
In the program's first season in the Capital Athletic Conference, Grawrock led the Knights to a respectable 3-5-1 record in the difficult league and a 7-11-1 overall record. The Knights went on to compete in a mini postseason tournament in Chicago, Ill., designed for provisional NCAA D-III programs like Southern Virginia. The team defeated Illinois Tech, 2-0, before falling to Nebraska Wesleyan in the championship game, 1-0, in double overtime.
He has also served as Southern Virginia's athletics compliance officer since 2011, spearheading the university's transition to NCAA D-III membership. During his time at the helm, Grawrock has coached 18 USCAA All-Americans and 29 USCAA All-Academic Team recipients.