RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers announced the installation of Jen Grubb as the new Avenging Angels head soccer coach. Grubb coached two seasons with Meredith as an assistant and assumed the reins with the turn of the New Year.
"Jen is a born leader, and I am excited to have her back in our soccer program," said Myers. "Her style of teaching and building team culture makes the student-athletes gravitate to her."
A four-year student-athlete at the University of Tennessee, Grubb helped the Volunteers to a SEC championship in 2002 and earned All-Conference honors for her efforts. She served as captain two seasons at UT and set three records - single game assist, single season assist, and career games played.
"I am so excited about the opportunity to join the Meredith College family as head coach of the soccer program," said Grubb. "It is an honor to join a program with such a successful history and to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading these young women as they grow on and off the field."
Grubb began her coaching career with Raleigh's Capital Area Soccer League in 2003. During her three-year tenure with CASL, Grubb's teams won two state championships, one regional title, and one team advanced as a national semifinalist. In 2008 she returned to her alma mater as assistant coach with UT. The Lady Vols collected three Southeastern Conference championships during Grubb's tenure with the program. Grubb will continue to serve as a staff coach with Team First Soccer Academy as well.
Prior to her four-year career with the Lady Vols, Grubb completed a decorated varsity career at Hunt High School in Wilson, North Carolina. A four-year All-Conference, All-State, and All-Region honoree, Grubb set two new North Carolina state records in season and career goals scored.
"Not only is she driven to develop their skill, improving their ability to compete, but also to develop their individual ability to lead as young women, making her the perfect fit for Meredith College," said Myers.
Grubb will continue the recruiting efforts initiated by the former coaching staff and welcomes the committed prospects to Meredith soccer.
"I am grateful for Jackie Meyers and the rest of the leadership at Meredith for their support, belief in me, and unwavering commitment to women's soccer and to developing strong female leaders," said Grubb.
While a student-athlete at Tennessee, Grubb was also named to the Academic All-SEC team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in sport management and a minor in business.