Boys Soccer: Nate Grosse resigns as coach at St. Laurence
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 14, 2013 3:46PM
Nate Grosse has resigned as St. Laurence soccer coach. | File photo
Updated: September 17, 2013 7:52AM
Nate Grosse, the Chicago Fire/SouthtownStar 2012 Boys Soccer Coach of the Year, resigned last week from his positions as a Spanish teacher and soccer coach at St. Laurence.
Grosse has accepted an assistant coach’s job in the men’s soccer program at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
“I threw my name out at a couple of colleges in June and I thought the opportunity with Cornell had passed,” Grosse said. “The offer came a little later than anticipated. I had to make sure the pieces would fall in place, and I decided to go for it.”
St. Laurence has named Bill Gaichas interim coach, according to the school’s website.
Grosse led the Vikings to a 14-8-1 mark in 2012, his third season as coach. St. Laurence won its first regional championship since 1988 and its second straight Catholic League White title.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Grosse said he has had his sights set on the college game for a long time.
“In college when I first started thinking about coaching, my dreams were to run a high school program and then also try to get into college coaching,” he said. “I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Grosse said one of the hardest parts about his decision was the timing, leaving late in the summer and “putting (St. Laurence) in a tight position.”
Things also have been hectic on his end.
“Cornell’s camp starts Friday,” he said. “It’s been kind of crazy trying to piece everything together and get out there. I’m not sure I’d recommend it. We’re going to make it work, though. I’m hoping to get out there by Saturday and miss only one day of camp.”
Grosse, who was an assistant at St. Laurence for four years before taking over as head coach, is confident the program will continue to move in the right direction.
“I feel like there a lot of positive things happening at St. Laurence, and that’s the hard part, knowing I won’t be directly part of it,” he said. “I was fortunate and blessed to be a part of the program for seven years. I know they’ll still be able to take the program to the next level.”
St. Laurence athletic director Tim Chandler could not be reached for comment.