Wofford College announced on Wednesday, January 2, the hiring of Emily Grant as head coach of the women’s soccer program. Grant has spent the past three seasons as assistant coach at Georgia Southern.
“We are excited to welcome Emily to Wofford,” said Wofford College Director of Athletics Richard Johnson. “She has a strong coaching and playing background that will benefit the team. She will bring a new energy to the women’s soccer program and we look forward to having her on campus.”
“First, I’d like to thank Richard Johnson, Mark Line, Elizabeth Rabb and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity,” said Grant. “From the moment I stepped on campus, the people at Wofford made me feel at home. The integrity, character and hospitality of the people within the department and the College, are things that made my decision to accept the position very easy. It is very rare to find a program that competes at the highest level athletically while having an impeccable academic reputation and I feel honored to be given the opportunity to be the head women’s soccer coach. It is an exciting time at Wofford and I look forward to working with the staff and players to build upon the great tradition of the women’s soccer program.
“I cannot express enough gratitude to Georgia Southern University, head coach Brian Dunleavy and the members, current and former, of the women’s soccer team,” continued Grant. “During the three years I was a part of this program, we were able to accomplish a lot and I look forward to following the program’s continuous growth.”
Grant recently completed her third season on the coaching staff at Georgia Southern. After the first two seasons as an assistant coach she was promoted to associate head coach in 2018. She was a key piece to the recruiting and operational tasks for the Eagles. Along with coaching, Grant handled offseason training packets, recruiting visits, ID Camps, and travel accommodations on the road. During the season, she coached the forwards and midfielders and helped run the in-season training sessions.
Grant came to Georgia Southern from UNLV, where she coached two years as an assistant coach. While with UNLV, Grant was also the head coach of the U-15 and U-17 girls at Heat Football Club in Las Vegas.
Prior to her coaching position with UNLV, Grant attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in classical civilization in 2012. Grant also coached the U-10 and U-14 girls at the Tennessee Soccer Club in Nashville and helped guide the team to the 2012 Tennessee State Cup Finals.
In her time at Vanderbilt, Grant was a two-time team captain and helped the Commodores reach two SEC Tournament quarterfinal rounds during her career. Grant was named overall MVP as a senior and, following graduation, was captain of the Philadelphia Fever of the Women’s Premiere Soccer League in the summer of 2012.
A native of Adamstown, Maryland, Grant also holds a master's degree in sports management from Northeastern University.