Head Coach Rob Wright is now in his 13th season as head men’s soccer coach at Plymouth State in 2014. Wright took over in 2002 becoming just the seventh head coach in the 58-year history of the Panther men’s soccer program.
Wright has led the Panthers to LEC post season berths seven times, and ECAC post-season berths in five of his 12 seasons. He was also an assistant on the 2001 PSU squad that captured the ECAC New England Championship.
The Panthers won the Little East Conference regular season title in 2006 and shared the title in 2003 under Wright, and made two Little East final appearances in 2006 and 2008. PSU has registered a 95-98-23 overall record during his tenure. In addition, the Panthers have been appeared in the regional rankings while also cracking the National Top 20.
A native of England, Wright completed a Bachelor's degree (with honors) from De Montfort University (England) in 1996. He attained both a post-graduate degree from Cheltenham & Gloucester College (England), a sport psychology diploma from Newcastle College (England), and the Hanson’s coaching award from North Herts College (England). While at NHC, Wright coached and played as the starting goalkeeper on the team that went to the 1997 National Championship game. Most recently, Wright finished a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from PSU, graduating with a perfect gpa.
As a coach, Wright has worked across the world for various coaching organizations, including the academy system at English Premiership club Arsenal FC. Wright has attended countless professional games throughout the world, including three FIFA world cups, and holds the highest coaching licenses in the country; the USSF 'A' license, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Advanced National License, NSCAA Goalkeeping License, as well as several licenses from the English FA / UEFA.
In addition to his duties at PSU, Wright has served as the head goalkeeping coach for the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program and currently serves the ODP program as both the head coach for the U-17 Boys Team and as the Assistant Director of Coaching. Wright also works as a licensing instructor of New Hampshire Soccer Association, and as a staff coach for the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Boys program. Wright is on the coaching advisory board for ‘Coaches Across Continents’ (a group dedicated to using soccer for empowerment in developing nations) and is the Coaching Director for both Complete Soccer Coach (an organization providing comprehensive online soccer resources) and Goals Galore Soccer Camps. Wright also worked for eight years as the Director of Coaching for PLAY SOCCER, recruiting and training hundreds of foreign coaches to work in communities throughout the northeast.