February 6, 2018 > Women?s soccer coach Gerace retires from Cal State
Women?s soccer coach Gerace retires from Cal State
Submitted By Steve Connolly
After serving as Cal State East Bay's head women's soccer coach for the past 17 years and accumulating 111 career victories, Amy Gerace recently announced her retirement from collegiate athletics. She steps down as the longest-tenured coach in program history.
"I'm so thankful for the opportunities this university has given me, not only in my education, but in providing me the privilege to meet so many great people and create so many amazing memories," said Gerace. "I stepped on this campus for the first time as a sophomore in high school to watch my brother play football. After four years as a student, and 17 as the head soccer coach, I have quite literally grown up here."
Gerace has been a Pioneer for more than 20 years, transferring to Hayward from Diablo Valley College as a student in 1996. She competed for the women's soccer team for two seasons, capturing All-Northern California Athletic Conference honors as a junior and earning a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1998.
The East Bay native spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Chabot College in Hayward while she worked toward her master's degree in kinesiology at Cal State East Bay. After completing graduate school, she was hired as the Pioneers' head coach prior to the 2001 season.
"Amy has had a tremendous impact on Pioneer athletics and the university during her time here," said Jason Carmichael, Director of Athletics. Prior to the 2009 season, Gerace guided the program through the transition to NCAA Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Since then, she has coached eight All-CCAA honorees and two CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients. In 2016, she became the second head coach in program history to record 100 career victories.
Gerace's teams have performed at a perennially high level academically during her tenure. She has coached 68 Academic All-CCAA honorees, the most of any CSUEB squad since the Pioneers gained membership in the conference. In addition, her teams have collected the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic award, for achieving at least a 3.0 collective grade point average, every single year since joining Division II.
"I have had the opportunity to coach some amazing young women and work with some incredible people," Gerace added. "Leaving East Bay was a very difficult decision, but I will be changing careers to join a real estate team whose flexible schedule will allow me to spend more time with my three children and be more active in their busy lives. Coaching has meant the world to me, and I'm excited for what's to come."