FOND DU LAC - Chris Gaskin has been named the sixth head coach of the Marian University women's soccer program, as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Tony Draves.
"I am excited to announce Chris Gaskin as our new head women's soccer coach," said Draves. "Coach Gaskin impressed all of us during the entire interview process. We're all excited for him to lead the women's soccer program and build upon the excellent foundation that has been established."
Gaskin brings with him a wealth of coaching experience across a variety of levels including college, high school, and club. Most recently, Gaskin served as the head women's soccer coach at NAIA Iowa Wesleyan for three seasons. He was able to turn the program around at IWU leading the Tigers to a berth into the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament in his final year after Iowa Wesleyan won just three games the year prior to his arrival. Four student-athletes would earn all-conference recognition including a pair of second-team selections.
Prior to his time at IWU, Gaskin served as the head coach at Green Mountain College, a former NCAA Division III institution in Vermont. In his lone season at the helm of the Eagles program, he would lead Green Mountain College to a Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) Championship and the first winning season for the program since 2006. His collegiate coaching experience also saw a stint at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs. The Cardinals would have seven all-conference selections between both programs during his tenure.
"I'd like to thank Interim Director of Athletic Tony Draves and the entire search committee for this opportunity," said Gaskin. "I believe Marian is the right fit for me to continue my coaching career. Having wached many games from last season, I believe this program is in a great position. I'm very excited to arrive in Fond du Lac, meet the team, and get to work to continue the progress made by the previous coaching staff. Go Sabres!"
Gaskin played collegiately at Green Mountain College for four seasons where he played in 58 games scoring eight goals with six assists. He was a highly-decorated student-athlete with the Eagles earning three All-North Atlantic Conference selections, Green Mountain College Male Athlete of the Year honors as a sophomore, and the GMC James M. Pollock Senior Male Athlete of the Year. After earning his bachelor of science in sociology from Green Mountain College in 2013, he would take his talents overseas. Gaskin played in Scotland, for Riverside Football Club and the University of Stirling. He would serve as a team captain for the University of Stirling and earned his master in sports psychology in 2015. The University of Stirling went on to finish second at the Scottish National Futsal Finals.
His coaching certifications include a United Soccer Coaches advanced national diploma, USSF F License, and Scottish FA Levels 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3.