Courtesy of Benedictine University
LISLE, Ill. -- It is with great pleasure that Benedictine University announces the appointment of Rich Nassif to the position of Head Men's Soccer Coach.
"I am excited to have Rich join our staff at Benedictine," Benedictine University Director of Athletics Mark McHorney stated. "Rich has worked his way up from a proven winning program at the highest level of Division I and will help establish a solid culture not just for soccer, but all programs here at Benedictine."
Nassif has spent the last three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Northwestern University. This fall, Northwestern won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and finishing ranked 22nd in the nation. During his tenure at Northwestern, the Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament on six occasions and received a ranking as high as second nationally.
"First and foremost, I'd like to thank Athletic Director Mark McHorney and his staff for all of their efforts in the search process," Nassif said. "They made me feel very much at home and displayed a family dynamic comprised of people who believe in Benedictine's mission and who love to work here. I was impressed with how eager this whole university was to get this program going, and cannot wait to start working with our student-athletes. All the experiences I endured at Northwestern under Head Coach Tim Lenahan, taking a program with relatively little success to nine straight years with a winning record and six NCAA Tournament appearances, will be put to use immediately. I look forward to setting new standards from day one and creating a team culture that breeds success in the classroom, on the field, and in the community here at Benedictine."
Nassif worked with the goalkeepers daily and helped mentor all-time shutout holder Misha Rosenthal as well as 2011 First Team All-Big Ten and Freshman All-American selection Tyler Miller. Additionally, Nassif was involved in all aspects of recruiting, conditioning, scouting, and travel.
Nassif graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a double major in history and political sciences. Nassif worked his way from a walk-on who joined the soccer program after an injury late in preseason, to a captain prior to his senior campaign. Nassif began his professional tenure at Northwestern as the Director of Operations in 2007.
The Chicago resident holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
"Benedictine has a lot to offer with strong academic programs, an athletic department committed to success, and being in the middle of such a tremendous soccer community," Nassif added. "There is a ton of support for our student-athletes and the future is very bright. We will turn this program into one that players want to be part of and will never forget the memories made during their careers at Ben U. It all starts with getting quality student-athletes in the program and creating a family atmosphere that demands doing things the right way in order to achieve success. Obviously it will be a challenge from day one but I feel we have all the right pieces - players, administration, support staff, and facilities - to make this program a winner year in and year out. I cannot wait to get started with the team, bring the next class of players to campus, and begin the newest chapter of Benedictine Soccer."