(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Kris Geier as the new varsity women’s soccer head coach. Geier replaces Steve Vagnini who stepped down last week.
Kris was born and raised in Windsor and graduated from Walkerville High School. Geier attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on a soccer scholarship, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Recreation.
Geier also earned his Bachelor of Education Ontario Teaching Certificate from the University of Windsor in 1994. He then went on to earn is Masters in Human Kinetics from Windsor in 1997.
Kris is returning to St Clair where he was the women’s head coach from 1987 to 2002. While at St Clair, he led the Saints to OCAA Gold in 1988, OCAA Silver in 1987, and OCAA Bronze in 1999. He earned OCAA Coach of the Year in 1988.
Geier went on to be the head coach of the University of Windsor women from 2003-2007. He spent the past three seasons working under Vagnini as an assistant with the St Clair women.
Also joining Geier on staff will be lead assistant coach Gadeer Sobh.
Sobh spent the last four seasons as an assistant with Vagnini at St Clair. After playing for Eastside Kickers Soccer program and the University of Windsor Lancers she entered the coaching ranks beginning at Massey High School and then at Eastside Kickers. She was also an assistant the University where she attained her Pre-B coaching license in 2013.
“Kris is a very passionate and driven coach who will push our athletes to achieve at the highest level,” said St Clair College Athletic Director Christina Gatto. “We are very pleased to have him on board and at the helm of our women’s soccer program moving forward.”
She then coached at Massey from 2009 to 2011 from 2012 to 2015. She was also an assistant coach at the University of Windsor in 2013 and attained her Pre-B coaching license that same year.
“I am very pleased to come back to where it all started for me 30 years ago. We are looking forward to building on the recent successes of the team and continuing on with the new standards and culture that coach Vagnini has instilled in the program,” said Sobh. “Gadeer and I have some really big shoes to fill but we are eager and anxious to get started with a new group of players.”