Jeff Gross is in his sixth year as an assistant coach at UNCG under women's head coach Michael Coll in 2019. Gross has helped Coll and the Spartans win the last two Southern Conference Tournament Championships to claim the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.
This past season the Spartans boasted their best overall record, 15-5-1 and 7-2-0 in the SoCon, in the last five years. UNCG outscored its three SoCon opponents by a combined score of 11-4 to claim to its ninth SoCon Tournament title in program history. Cienna Rideout was named SoCon Player of the Year after leading the league in points (37) and goals (14), and Nicole Souply won freshman of the year. Six players garnered All-SoCon accolades, and three freshmen made the all-freshman team.
The previous season the Spartans went 11-8-3 and 5-2-2 in the Southern Conference. UNCG won its last three regular season games and then the SoCon Tournament, the first since 2010.
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, its 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 25 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
Stefani Workman completed her second season as an assistant coach under head coach Michael Coll in 2018. Helping the Spartans win the SoCon Tournament Championship in both years in Greensboro, she works primarily with the Spartan goalkeepers.
Workman has guided Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper to rank among the top goalkeepers in the SoCon in her first two seasons. In 2018 Tyler-Cooper was selected to the All-SoCon Second Team with a 15-5-1 record on the year. She ranked in the league second in shutouts (six), third in saves (87), fourth in save percentage (.813) and fifth in goals against average (0.97).
In Tyler-Cooper’s first season, Workman helped her place among the best in the Southern Conference in every statistical category. Cooper ranked in the SoCon first in save percentage (.848), second in saves (106) and shutouts (eight) and third in goals against average (0.94). She allowed just one goal in the conference tournament with a .032 goals against average, 0.952 save percentage and 20 saves that allowed the Spartans to win its eight SoCon Tournament and first since 2010.
Workman comes to Greensboro following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. In 2016, she helped the Flyers capture an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and a birth in the NCAA tournament, finishing the season with a 9-10-3 overall record. During her run in the Buckeye State, Workman served as the director of goalkeeping for Thunder United in Cincinnati and was the Ohio South ODP head coach.
Before joining the Dayton staff, Workman coached for one season as an assistant at the University of Georgia. While in Georgia, she mentored three All-Southeastern Conference performers as the Bulldogs achieved a 10-8-2 record during the 2014 campaign, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to making the move to Athens, Georgia, Workman spent four seasons in Athens, West Virginia as the head coach of NCAA Division II program Concord University. From 2010-14 the Mountain Lions posted a 34-31-4 record, garnering 14 all-conference selections.
Workman spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at the University of West Virginia as goalkeeper coach, helping lead the Mountaineers to 26 shutouts and a pair of postseason appearances during her two seasons. She got her start in coaching in 2005 as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, working with the Bearcat goalkeepers and defense for three seasons.
In addition to her experienced at the collegiate level, Workman was part of the staff of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development program from 2009-2014. She has a USSF "B" license and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, the highest level of education for goalkeeper coaches.
In her playing career, Workman started all four seasons in goal at Morehead State University. As a senior in 2004, she recorded 80 saves, was twice named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, and helped the Eagles to the OVC Tournament. She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Morehead State in 2005, graduating with summa cum laude honors. She also attended the NCAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference and was the Champ Life Skills Coordinator for Athlete Activities. While at Morehead, Workman worked extensively with the Kentucky Youth Olympic Development Program. She also spent time at the Region II ODP Development Group, training goalkeepers.
A native of Poca, West Virginia, Workman was named the 2000 West Virginia Soccer Coaches goalkeeper of the year. A four-year starter at Poca High, she was named to the all-state team four times, including first-team recognition in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Workman played club soccer for West Virginia United from 1999-2001.