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Welcome Raptors 2020 Outdoor Head Coach Nate Grosse!

The Iowa Raptors FC are very excited to announce we have come to terms with our Head coach for the 2020 Outdoor Season, Nate Grosse (pronounced GROW-see). Nate brings many years of coaching experience to the team in its inaugural season and with his previous coaching accolades, we are in good hands!

Nate Grosse was named the 2017 Midwest Conference Coach of the Year and then next year lead them to a historic 14-3-2 campaign, and the programs first berth in the MWC Tournament since 1991. Cornell's 2018 team fielded four all-conference performers and its first-ever all-region selection. The Rams won six matches in Grosse's first two seasons, doubling the total of the four seasons combined prior to his arrival. Grosse's 2016 Rams (8-6-4 overall) achieved the program's first winning season since 1991 and tied the school record for wins in a season. The 2017 squad (8-9-1) equaled the season wins record. Prior to his arrival in Mount Vernon, Grosse spent seven years coaching and teaching at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill. He was head varsity boys’ soccer coach for three seasons, winning two Chicago Catholic League championships (2011, 2012) and claiming a regional title in 2012.

Grosse earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2005. He is a current member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA). Grosse has earned an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma-Distinguished Pass, GK Diploma, several NSCAA Special Topic Diplomas and plans to complete his Premier Diploma in 2020. He also owns E and National D Coaching Licenses from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

Grosse and his wife, Loli, reside in Lisbon with their four young children.

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