Jeff Gross is in his third year as an assistant coach at UNCG under women’s head coach Michael Coll in 2015. Gross helped the Spartans to a 9-8-3 overall record in his first year, including a 5-3-1 record in Southern Conference play.
In Gross' second season the Spartans posted a 9-9-3 record and improved to 6-2-1 in the Southern Conference. The team earned a No. 3 seed in the SoCon Tournament, it's highest in four seasons and seven players earned All-SoCon honors.
Gross came to UNCG after being the Director of Coaching for the East Meadow Soccer club in Long Island, New York after finishing his fifth year with the club in 2014. He has been instrumental in the club’s ability to gain entry into the Elite Clubs National League for girls, the National Premier League for boys and into every major tournament and showcase in the country for both boys and girls.
Prior to working with the East Meadow Soccer Club, Gross worked five years as the Director of Coaching at the Football Club Frederick in Frederick, Maryland from 2004-2009. During his time there he led the U-16 Girls team to the Maryland State Cup Championship in 2009 and a Region I finalist.
Over a coaching career that spans 20 years to this point, Gross has been involved in several high level soccer environments including boys elite leagues/cups, girls elite leagues/cups and several tournament championships. He has worked with players that have played in the youth national teams, at all ages, and a multitude of players that have gone onto successful college soccer careers.
From 1994 through 2004, Gross was the head coach of the Maryland Olympic Development Program leading the U-16 squad to a ODP National Championship finalist in 2000. Also his U-15 team was a Region I Regional Champion in 1999.
Gross played his collegiate soccer career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1991. Gross holds the USSF “A” license and the NSCAA “Premier Diploma” and the US Soccer National Youth License.
Camp Staff / Assistant Coach
Megan Kinneman was hired as the assistant women's soccer coach May 2, 2016. Kinneman has a vast knowledge of soccer and has competed at the collegiate and professional levels.
Kinneman joins the Spartans after playing a season with the Arna Bjornar Professional Football Club in Bergen, Norway. Arna Bjornar is part of the highest level of professional soccer in Norway. Prior to her stint overseas, Kinneman was a reserve for the Houston Dash in Houston, Texas. She was called up the several first team matches in the National Women’s Soccer League during her year 16 months with the Dash.
A four-year letter winner at Louisiana State University, Kinneman was the team captain for two years and was a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She started three years in Southeastern Conference play for the Tigers and earned 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team and All-Freshman Team honors.
Kinneman excelled both on and off the field during her time at LSU. She was named to the SEC All-Academic Honor Roll twice and collected multiple weekly honors during her time in Baton Rouge. Brian Lee, who Kinneman played for at Louisiana State University, believes she will have a positive impact on the program at UNCG. “Megan is going to be an outstanding addition to UNCG soccer,” said Lee. “She has a sharp soccer mind and a tireless work ethic. Her leadership skills are as strong as any player I have coached and her positive personality is infectious.”
She helped the Tigers to a 2011 SEC West Division Championship and a year prior was named to the LSWA Honorable Mention All-Louisiana Team. “The current team, future recruits and overall campus community will all benefit as Megan begins what I am sure is going to be a long and productive career in coaching,” Lee added.
All throughout her professional career she gained experience coaching through representing her club at youth clubs and clinics. While in Bergen, Kinneman coached the 8-12 year olds in the Arna Bjornar club’s academy program.
While playing in Houston, Kinneman also spent time as a personal coach in the Huston Dynamo/Dash Academy Goalkeeper Program. Randy Waldrum, the head coach of the Dash, believes Kinneman has what it takes to coach such a storied program at UNCG. “I am extremely excited for both Megan and the UNCG women’s soccer program,” said Waldrum. “Megan first and foremost is an amazing young lady with outstanding character, an extremely high work ethic and is very loyal. I know the history of UNCG women’s soccer and the high standards of UNCG will only be reinforced by adding Megan to the staff.”
Kinneman got her start in coaching at the Dynasty Goalkeeping Camp in Raleigh, N.C., where she has been a staff coach since 2011. At Dynasty, she has coached elite goalkeepers ages 14-21 and educated them on the physical, technical, tactical and psychological dimensions of goalkeeping.
She was the boy’s soccer goalkeeper coach at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge and served a summer internship wit the Baton Rouge Soccer Club where she developed skills in management, communications as well as assisting in the tryout process and evaluations.
Kinneman will serve primarily as the goalkeeper coach at UNCG but will assist in all facets of the program under Coll and assistant coach Jeff Gross. “Megan is very familiar with North Carolina and she’ll be fully involved in all aspects of UNCG soccer,” added Coll.