PHILADELPHIA — Brian Grazier
, who has served as an assistant coach for eight seasons at the NCAA Division I level, has been named an assistant coach for Temple University
men's soccer, new head coach Brian Rowland
"I am very excited to welcome Brian to the Temple Soccer family," said Rowland. "Brian will be a tremendous asset to the players and the program as a whole. He has a fantastic reputation as a coach and recruiter, in addition to a wealth of experience at all levels of soccer in this country. We have very ambitious goals for Temple Soccer, and I am confident that Brian shares that passion for success, and he will be instrumental to our growth and future achievements."
"I would like to thank the Temple family for this great opportunity and I am excited to work for Coach Rowland," said Grazier.
Grazier comes to Temple from Saint Louis University, where he served the previous four seasons as the assistant coach of the Billikens' men's soccer program. At SLU, he helped his teams win 36 games with the 2014 squad posting a 14-5-2 overall mark and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2007 SLU graduate served as a senior graduate manager for Billikens' men's soccer in 2009 before moving to Rutgers with his former head coach, Dan Donigan, who took over the reins of the Scarlet Knight program.
An assistant at Rutgers for four seasons (2010-13), Grazier was involved in recruiting, scheduling, planning and coordinating travel as well as assisting with training sessions. Grazier also played a pivotal role in coaching the Scarlet Knights to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
A standout player, Grazier was a four-year starter for the Billikens. He saw action in over 70 games, helping his team to 49 wins and make three NCAA appearances from 2003 to 2007.
Following his college playing career, Grazier played professionally for one season with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. In 2008, he was selected in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft, while he was the 47th overall pick.
Prior to his college career, the Edwardsville, Ill. native was a member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team, and participated in the U-17 2003 World Cup qualifier in Guatemala as well as the 2003 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
As an undergraduate at Saint Louis, Grazier was a double major in finance and economics with a minor in marketing.