Chris Grassie is entering his fourth year as an assistant coach with the Wolverines. Before stopping in Ann Arbor, Grassie played professionally in England, most recently with Kidsgrove Athletic, then a part of the Alliance Premier League, and Northwich when it was part of the Football Conference.
Grassie worked as an assistant soccer coach at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., from 2004-06, where he focused on team training, goalkeepers and recruiting. While there, he also received his master's degree in exercise science with a focus in athletic administration. Grassie worked as the head goalkeeper coach for West Virginia's Olympic Development Program during his time at Marshall.
Prior to coaching at Marshall University, Grassie was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Alderson Broaddus College in Phillippi, W. Va., for the 2003 season.
While playing in college at Alderson Broaddus, he won multiple all-conference awards as well as taking the lead as team captain. He double majored in political science and history.
Grassie, who holds an NSCAA premiere license, spent four seasons as camp director of Dan Gaspar's Star Goalkeeper Academy which takes place at various locations throughout the U.S. He also worked as the technical director for St. Catharine's Concord Soccer Club in St. Catharine's, ON. In addition to coaching and evaluating talent, he handled the administrative aspects of the club. He began his coaching career as the head coach of Westlane Secondary School from 1996-97 in Niagara Falls, ON.
Grassie is married to Kara, a French teacher and musician. The couple resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.