Robert Spain Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Jan. 8, 2016
PITTSBURGH -- Duquesne head men's soccer coach Chase Brooks has announced the addition of Robert Spain to the coaching staff. Spain, the former head coach at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, comes to the Bluff from Northern Illinois University where he served as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach this past season.
"Robert has a background that is well rounded and proves he is ambitious and wants to win at the highest levels," said Brooks. "He has seen success at almost every level if the game; from his time with the LA Galaxy and their championship runs to his head coaching experience at Pitt Greensburg and his playing days at the University of Charleston. Robert has the tools to help us build on the framework we have in place here at Duquesne and I am looking forward to our time ahead."
Prior to his stint at NIU, Spain was head coach at Division III University of Pittsburgh 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.
"This is an exciting time to be at Duquesne," said Spain. "I'm thrilled to be joining coach Brooks and coach Faga. I'm very fortunate to have spent time learning beside coach Luzzi, coach Biller and coach Brady at Northern Illinois and I'm excited to apply my experiences to help us to continue to maximize our potential here at Duquesne. I believe in where Coach Brooks has this program headed and I'm thrilled to be a Duke."
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 Advanced National Diploma.
Spain replaces Bryce Cooper who recently accepted the head coaching position at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C.