Former Pitt Greensburg head coach comes to the Bluff from Northern Illinois
Email Coach Spain: email@example.com
Robert Spain, the former head coach at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, joined the men's soccer coaching staff in January of 2016.
Spain came to the Bluff from Northern Illinois University where he served as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach in 2015.
Prior to his stint at NIU, Spain was head coach at nearby Division III Pitt Greensburg where he engineered a one-year turnaround from a 3-16 record in 2013 to 12-7-1 in 2014. Spain's Bobcats posted the program's first postseason win and first winning season in a decade.
Prior to Pitt Greensburg, Spain was an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. He also spent time working in the front office of the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer during their 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup championship seasons.
Spain played collegiately at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W. Va., where he was co-captain of a 2009 team which finished 19-4 in advancing to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. The `09 squad, which earned a No. 7 national rank, experienced one of the top turnarounds in D-II that season, improving from a 4-11-2 record in 2008.
A native of Alexander City, Ala., Spain graduated cum laude from Charleston with a degree in sport administration in 2010 and was awarded the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma.