Director of Recreational Soccer Programs

Chris Gnehm was appointed as Director of Recreational Soccer Programs in March 2017. He is currently also the Head Coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic Women’s soccer program. He became the fifth head coach of the PBA women’s team on July 12, 2014.  Prior to taking the reins for the Sailfish, Gnehm spent two years on the staff of head coach Paul Hogan at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Before his time at CCU, he also spent one season at the University of Colorado and nearly a decade on the women’s soccer coaching staff at Florida Atlantic University. In his first season at CCU, Gnehm helped guide the team to eight more victories than the previous season while competing as a member of the Big South Conference. The 2013 campaign saw CCU once again reach double-digit wins while qualifying for the conference tournament for a second straight season and posting a school-record of 10 shutouts along the way. Coach Gnehm’s time with the Chanticleers also saw him help oversee 10 player selections to the Big South All-Conference teams in just two seasons. Gnehm, who has a background in goalkeeping, played a key role in directing an excellent FAU defense from 2001-11. In 2006, the Owls led all NCAA Division I teams in shutout percentage (.762), holding opponents scoreless in 16 of 21 matches. A year later, FAU’s second year in the Sun Belt Conference, the team posted nine shutouts and allowed just 15 goals. Gnehm’s collegiate coaching career started at his alma mater, Averett (Va.) University, where he was an assistant coach from 1996-98. He then became the assistant coach for the men‘s soccer program at Monmouth (N.J.) University from 1998-99 before heading to Ferrum (Va.) College to be the head men’s soccer coach as well as a women’s tennis coach from 1999-2001. Gnehm earned a bachelor‘s degree in physical education in 1997 from Averett, where he was a four-year starter at goalkeeper and team captain from 1993-96. He still holds Averett’s school record for most saves in a single season and career. He is originally from Bayville, N.J., graduating from Central Regional High School where he earned first team All-State soccer honors as a senior in 1992.