UC Davis returns to the road for matches against Southeast Missouri State and Air Force at the 2014 Falcon Invitational
Inaugural games of the season include trips to area rival and San Diego State
Sydney Burger and Dana Fujikuni, two members of UC Davis' incoming class, have captured championships with their former teams and look to achieve that same level of success with their current one
Season-opening #CausewayCup clash, tournament at Air Force, 10 home contests and four matches against College Cup opponents highlights 2014 slate
UC Davis women's soccer officially hired its first assistant coach by adding Robin Grossman to its staff as announced on Thursday by head coach Twila Kaufman. Grossman's primary responsibilities include involvement in daily field player trainings, game management and recruiting in addition to his duties as the program's goalkeeper coach.
"When I was looking to build my staff I knew I wanted to hire someone who was a very good teacher of the game and saw the game similarly to me. I have found this in Robin," said Kaufman "I wanted a true partner who was not interested in just `flipping a program," a knowledgeable and well-respected professional who was willing to work hard, do things the right way and take no shortcuts. He is a guy who lives life each day making sure he, and the people around him, are getting better. I truly believe we are in a partnership where iron will sharpen iron.
"His heart for helping young student-athletes grow into women of character is evident; this program is proud to call him one of its leaders."
"I think women's soccer has the potential to become a flagship program at UC Davis, that is what excites me the most about this opportunity," said Grossman. "I have seen first-hand the level of commitment Aggie administrators possess, they are willing to provide the support and invest the time and hard work needed to help women's soccer achieve its goals."
"Robin is a very talented coach and recruiter who possesses a great mix of confidence, humility and a desire to help young women become leaders with great character. I am really looking forward to partnering with him here at UC Davis," added Kaufman.
"I have previous experience working at two unique environments where academics and character were a high priority, especially at Air Force with its military component," said Grossman. "I am excited about working with UC Davis student-athletes who value the importance of education, possess the skills and an unparalleled drive needed to achieve academic and athletic success."
Prior to joining the Aggies, Grossman served as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team at Air Force. Throughout his three seasons in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Falcons' success was not limited to the pitch as 23 players were named to the Mountain West's all-academic team in addition to another two who received scholar-athlete awards-the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference.
On the pitch, Air Force's goalkeepers flourished under his tutelage. In addition to helping them break numerous school records, his netminders were part of a program that earned one all-region and a combined eight all-Mountain West Conference and media selections.
Starting in 2011 in addition to his duties at the Air Force Academy Grossman was the youngest member on staff for the United States Soccer Federation's Market Training Centers in Colorado. He helped train and evaluate the top players in the state, from which he helped provide recommendations for the United States Youth National Teams.
From 2009-11, Grossman helped Colorado College women's soccer compile a cumulative 20-13-6 record as one of the team's assistant coaches. As was the case at Air Force, numerous student-athletes received All-Conference USA accolades.
In all, a combined nine Tigers were represented on one of Conference USA's three all-league teams with another 34 collecting academic honor roll awards. Shortly after the 2009 season concluded, a Colorado College `keeper was named to the league's third team; the following year saw Conference USA reward another goalie with second team recognition.
Prior to starting his career in college athletics, the Colorado Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club hired him in 2009 as one of its directors of coaching. Grossman worked primarily with the club's U15 girls' premier program and assisted the U12-U18 teams.
"His strong work ethic helped him become one of the youngest coaching directors at a Rush Club (a nationwide youth soccer organization that possesses a membership of more that 34,000 players), an integral part of the operations at the U.S. Soccer Federation's Colorado-based market training centers and was a key reason why his soccer teams at Air Force and Colorado College evolved into successful programs," said Kaufman.
Before relocating to Colorado, the native of Taos, N.M., served as the Guatemala program coordinator for Soccer Without Borders-a non-profit, community-led youth development program that focused its efforts in underprivileged areas. Grossman helped organize sports-based extracurricular activities as an advisor, and doubled as the organization's trainer throughout his trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua.
As an undergraduate at Pacific University (Ore.), the men's soccer program experienced one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2006. He was named a team captain for his efforts in 2007, and he concluded his time at Pacific by earning a psychology degree the following year.
A premonition of things to come, Grossman worked extensively as a staff coach for Willamette United Soccer Club's Player Development Program and Technical Skills Academy during his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Kaufman's staff