Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the appointment of Greg Cathell as head women’s soccer coach. Cathell replaces Cord Farmer, who resigned to become the assistant soccer coach at the University of Nevada.
“It is nothing short of an honor to be selected as the new head women’s soccer coach at Rensselaer,” said Cathell. “I am thrilled to begin this exciting new journey and look forward to working with this driven group of young women to achieve success in all phases of their lives.”
“We are thrilled to have Greg take over our women’s soccer program,” said Knowlton. “He is passionate about the game, knows how to support successful programs, and has a history of developing young women on and off the field.”
Cathell, a native of Delmar, Md., joins the Engineers with coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, and club levels. Before becoming the head coach at the Sage Colleges in January 2014, he spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Salisbury University in his home state. He helped the Sea Gulls to two Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular season championships (2011, 2012) and two CAC championship game appearances, including the 2011 title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Cathell, who participated in recruiting, operations, and designing and implementing training sessions, coached 12 All-CAC First Team honorees and four All-Region student-athletes in his tenure at Salisbury. His high school coaching career began while Cathell was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, serving as the head boys coach and head girls coach at Delmar High School in his hometown. He began with the boys in 2003, leading them to an overall record of 31-15-2, and he took over the girls program in 2007, posting a 23-9 mark in two seasons. He was the Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year and the Delaware State Girls Soccer Coach of the Year in 2008.
Cathell’s additional coaching experiences include a three-year stint as the assistant coach and technical trainer for the U-18 Farmingdale Freedom Region I Girls Soccer Team, as well as camp director at two collegiate programs.
Cathell is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with a National Coaching Diploma. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies teacher education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a four-year Division I scholarship student-athlete.
Cathell, who owned and operated his own business for more than a decade, earned a master’s degree in post-secondary education from Salisbury in 2012.