January 21, 2016
The Richmond Strikers are pleased to announce that Jeff Gettler has joined the organization as the new Director of Coaching for U13-U18 Boys and Girls Travel Soccer. Gettler is no stranger to the Richmond soccer community, as he served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Richmond from 1995-2008. Most recently, Gettler was the Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Deputy Athletic Director, and Academic Liaison at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, for the past six seasons, where his teams won two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships and one NAC regular season championship.
Gettler, who previously spent two years on the Strikers Board of Directors, commented, “I’m really excited to come back to the Strikers. I’m looking forward to working with the staff, coaches, and players and finding ways to bring continued excellence to the club.” In his Director of Coaching position, Gettler will be overseeing the older boys and girls travel soccer program, coaching a boys team, and enhancing coaching education programming and opportunities for the staff.
Jay Howell, Executive Director of the Strikers, said of Gettler’s new role with the club, “I'm excited to get to work with Jeff again, and it is fantastic to have someone with so much experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm join the Strikers."
Throughout his 39-year collegiate coaching career, Gettler has held head coaching positions at Bates College, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Lafayette College, the University of Richmond, and Husson University and was an assistant coach at Bradley University in 2009. Gettler has been honored as the coach of the year at four different institutions.
Gettler has coached and studied the game worldwide throughout his career, attending every World Cup and European Championship since 1990. He holds numerous licenses and certificates and has years of international experience. Among Gettler's credentials are a USSF A License, FA International Coaching certificate (Bisham Abbey, England), KNVB certificate (Zeist, Holland), DFB International Trainer-Kongress (Aachen, Germany) and a CBD diploma (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). In addition, he has attended the B license coaching course in Toronto, Canada and two English FA's Manager's and Coach's courses in Cheshire, England.
From 1995-1998, in Richmond, he hosted, organized, and directed the four largest-ever and most successful NCAA Men's Soccer Division I Final Four Championships. As a member of the NSCAA since 1973, he has served as a National Staff Coach for the Academy; Clinician at the national convention in '84, '90, and '94; he hosted and organized four Regional Conventions in New England; and was the National Convention Program Director for the NSCAA national conventions in '85, '86, and ’87. He received an NSCAA Letter of Commendation at the 2016 Convention in Baltimore.
Gettler, who holds a master's degree in Human Movement from Boston University and a bachelor of arts from Lycoming College, has also helped 18 of his previous assistants obtain head college coaching positions.