July 7, 2004

Matt Granstrand Named New Soccer Coach At NMU


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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ KenGodfrey the athletic director at Northern Michigan University has announced that Matt Granstrand hasaccepted the position of head women's soccer coach at NMU.  "We areextremely lucky to get a coach the quality of Matt Granstrand," Godfreysaid.  "The number of outstanding candidates for the job made the decisionthat much more challenging.  But it was a good problem to deal with."  Granstrandhas spent the past two seasons at the University of North Dakota.  He is theall-time win leader at UND with a career mark of 24-9-3. His 2002 squad went 10-6-1 and his squad last season finished with a14-3-2 mark.  Granstrand led the Sioux to theirfirst NCAA Tournament in 2003. 

He was named the Central Region's Coach ofthe Year as well as the North Central Conference's co-Coach of the Year for the2003 season.

In his two seasons at UND, Granstrand hasproduced two All-Americans, four All-Central Region selections, five All-NorthCentral Conference picks and six academic all-conference award winners. 

Granstrand served as the assistant women'ssoccer coach at the University of Oklahoma from1999-02.  He was the head men's and women's soccer coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. for one season in 1998.  Granstrand served on the high schoollevel in 1996-97 as he coached at Page High School in Franklin, Tenn.  In 1997 he directed the boys' team to the Region V championshipand was named the A/AA Coach of the Year.  The same season he led the girls'team to the state's final four and was named the District XI Coach of the Year.

Granstrand spent time as the head coach ofthe United States Air Force base teams in Shreveport, La. in 1991-92 (Barksdale AFB) and in Spokane, Wash. in 1993-94 (Fairchild AFB).

A 1995 graduate of Eastern Washington Universitywith a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, Granstrand began his collegiateplaying career at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg in 1984.  Hethen transferred to Maryville (Tenn.) Collegewhere he played for two seasons.  Granstrand, who was a two-time captain andMVP, holds the Maryville career record for assists and set theschool's single-season assist mark in 1989.

The Brandon, Fla. native played for two years on the Tennessee Men's Select Team inexhibition matches against professional teams.  He also spent time as a playingcaptain with the previous mentioned U.S. Air Force base teams.

Granstrand and his wife, Jennifer, haveone son, Owen.

 



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