Feb. 28, 2005
Santa Barbara, Calif. - It was announced today that UC Santa Barbara's national finalist men's soccer program has added Grant Porter to the coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach. Porter, currently an assistant for the Georgia State University men's team, was a four-year letterwinner at the University of North Carolina, helping guide the Tarheels to a National Championship in 2001.
"With the success that our program has achieved, adding Grant to the staff will allow us to meet the demands that are now put on the program," said Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg. "[Assistant Coach] Leo [Chappel] and I are extremely excited to have him become a member of our coaching staff, and we are confident that he will do a great job and help the men's soccer program at UCSB continue on its path of success."
Porter comes to Santa Barbara after spending one season at Georgia State, helping guide the Panthers to a semifinal appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and a 9-8-1 overall record. On course to receive a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from GSU, Porter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UNC at Chapel Hill where he was awarded the Athletic Director's Scholar Athlete Award in 2004.
As a four-year starter with the Tarheels, Porter helped lead the squad to an Atlantic Coast Conference title in 2000, and an NCAA National Championship in 2001. Porter also served as North Carolina's team captain his senior season ('03), earning the team's most valuable player honors the same year.
"I first met Grant when I was recruiting him as an assistant at [UNC] Charlotte," commented Chappel, "he was a smart, hard-nosed player with a great work rate which should make him an excellent fit to our program. He was the starting defensive midfielder all four years he was at Chapel Hill, and was one of the reasons that they won a national title. He was a great player who I knew would make an excellent coach."
Porter will join the Gauchos in the spring and is expected to be involved in all aspects of the coaching process, including recruiting, academics, development, and administrative duties. UCSB's coach staff is now comprised of Vom Steeg, the 2004 NSCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, Chappel, the 2004 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, Porter, and goalkeeper coach Ryan Sparre who has elected to change his status from full-time to volunteer assistant coach.