Penn State Beaver names men's, women's soccer coaches
Daniel G. Grant, of Sewickley, Pa., has been hired as the new coach of the Beaver Nittany Lions soccer team, and Brian Stoddard, of East Liverpool, Ohio, has been hired to coach the newly-established Lady Lions soccer team, which will begin its first season of play this fall.
Grant played intramural soccer for the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, then went on to play for the New Jersey Rangers Soccer Club in the United Soccer League (USL), now known as Major League Soccer. He has been involved in the Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer program and was director of coaching and player development for Sewickley Area Soccer. He currently holds that position with the Hotspurs Classic Soccer Club, official partner of the Riverhounds professional soccer team. As part of a Soccer Goodwill visit, he took area youth soccer players on a tour of the U.K., where they trained at the Arsenal Soccer School and the Hearts Soccer Club, and played several youth soccer squads. Grant, a United States Coach at the D level, is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is an emergency medical technician. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Portsmouth and has completed post-graduate work in business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Grant is a chartered engineer and a member of the British Computer Society as well as a member of the British American Business Council and the Southside Chamber of Commerce. He also owns Intelligent Safety Solutions and Parallel Group.
Stoddard is the assistant women’s soccer coach at Youngstown State University as well as the director of coaching for the Keystone Soccer Academy in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was the head varsity boys soccer coach for five years at Beaver Local High School in Lisbon, Ohio, and spent a year as coach of the Beadling Soccer Club in Bridgeville, Pa. He was a staff member of the Ohio-North Olympic Development Program for three years and spent four years as assistant director of coaching for the Phoenix Soccer Club in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition, he was coach of the Springfield Soccer Club for five years.
In May Stoddard will receive a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in physical education from Youngstown State University. He holds B, C, D and E licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and a state goalkeeping diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Stoddard has grade 9 referees licenses and is certified in CPR and sports medicine.
Grant can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3878, and Stoddard can be reached at 724-773-3826.