Cumberland women’s soccer head coach Gavin McKinney announced this week the promotion of Adam Grant to full-time assistant coach effective immediately for the 2014 season.
Grant has spent the last two years as a graduate assistant with the Bulldog program.
At Cumberland Grant will assist in all aspects of the program, with his primary responsibilities helping and scheduling team and individual training sessions, recruiting and scouting of opponents.
“Adam brings a wealth of knowledge about the game and really understands coaching and teaching the tactical aspects,” McKinney said. “It also provides some cohesiveness for our program since he’s been around the players the last two years as well. He has been an integral part of our success the last two seasons.”
Cumberland has posted records of 16-4-1 and 19-3-0 in each of the last two years, winning a match in the NAIA Championship Opening Round and advancing to the NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., both seasons.
The Dublin, Ireland, native graduated from Pobalscoil Neasain before playing three years at Lambuth University, earning first team all-conference honors as a freshman and second team all-conference accolades as a junior. The Eagles won a conference championship his freshman season and he captained the 2010 club to a 12-5-2 overall mark.
Grant served as an assistant coach with the U13 and U14 girls teams for the Jackson Wolves Futbal Club in 2009-10, helping plan and organize team and individual sessions, monitoring fitness and player development and teaching techniques and tactics of the game. The following year he was the head coach of the U14 squad. He holds a “D” coaching license with the US Soccer Federation, completed in August 2012.
Grant graduated to Martin Methodist College to complete his coursework, earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management in May 2012. He received his master’s in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy from Cumberland last month.