WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named Chris Gbandi an assistant men's soccer coach, as announced by head coach Marco Koolman and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Gbandi joins the Crusaders staff after spending last season as the Assistant Director of Soccer Operations at Connecticut, helping to lead the Huskies to the NCAA Quarterfinals and a 19-3-3 record.
"I am excited to have Chris on board as my assistant coach," said Koolman. "His extensive playing background and knowledge of the game will be a tremendous asset in creating our new identity within the program. Chris relates well to the players, has a good eye for talent and has important recruiting contacts throughout the country. Entering the college coaching circle, Chris is in the right place to gain experience in what it takes to become a well-rounded college coach."
Gbandi, who was born in Liberia and graduated from Connecticut in 2002, enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Husky history. He was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2008 and was also honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He earned All-America honors those years as well. Gbandi led the 2000 Huskies to a NCAA Championship title and won the Hermann Trophy as the National Player of the Year.
Following his collegiate playing days, Gbandi was drafted with the first overall pick of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas, where he played until 2007. He was honored as FC Dallas's Defender of the Year in 2006. Gbandi then transferred to Norwegian club FK Haugesund, where he spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Most recently, Gbandi spent the 2010 season playing for the USSF Division 2 club Miami FC.