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NOTRE DAME COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY

“There is nowhere else like Notre Dame. The Notre Dame experience is truly unique. Notre Dame creates an environment of growth like no other place in the world. You will be pushed and supported to become the best version of yourself in life, on the field, and in the classroom. There is simply no other place like this. We have world class facilities, but most importantly, we have world class people. There is no other program in the country that has the people we have guiding and supporting our team.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 NCAA Tournaments in 7 seasons as a head coach
  • 1 NCAA Quarterfinal, 4x NCAA 2nd Round
  • 1st head coach in Notre Dame program history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals in debut season (2018)
  • 4 straight Ivy League titles (2014-17), the 1st head coach in 32 seasons to win four consecutive titles
  • 3-time Ivy League Coach of the Year
  • 6 MLS Draft Selections
  • 2 United Soccer Coaches All-Americans
  • 36 all-conference selections over 6 seasons (32 Ivy League, 4 ACC)
  • 3 Conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2 Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 4 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
  • 4-time Notre Dame monogram winner
  • 2nd in career assists (32) in the Notre Dame record book

20+ PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS WHO PLAYED UNDER RILEY

RILEY AS A PLAYER

  • 4-year monogram winner from 2000-03 at Notre Dame as a midfielder
  • 2nd in career assists (32) in the Notre Dame record book
  • Led the Irish to win the 2003 BIG EAST title
  • Three-time BIG EAST All-Conference selection
  • 2003 Team Captain

COMING HOME

In January of 2018, Riley accepted the Notre Dame men's soccer head coaching position, returning to take the reins of his alma mater. Riley produced the most successful first year as a head coach in program history, leading the 2018 team to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round after earning the No. 7 seed.

ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN PLOTKIN

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 years as an assistant coach at the DI level
  • 30 players over the past six seasons have earned All-Conference status
  • 4 straight NCAA Championship appearances (two years at ND and two years at Dartmouth)
  • 6 straight winning seasons and five consecutive campaigns of 10+ wins
  • Helped Jack Lynn improve from three goals as a freshman to 10 as a sophomore, earning All-ACC Second Team status
  • In two seasons under Plotkin’s guidance, Dartmouth’s Wyatt Omsberg earned two United Soccer Coaches All-America citations and two Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors
  • During his three seasons at Loyola (Ill.) (2013-15) the program improved each season, going from 6-11-2 in 2013 to 10-4-5 in 2015
  • Member of Loyola staff that received Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2014
  • Got his start in coaching with both Sockers FC Chicago and the Chicago Fire youth academy

PLOTKIN AS A PLAYER

  • 2006 MLS SuperDraft 20th overall pick by the Chicago Fire
  • 5 seasons as a professional with the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and Carolina RailHawks
  • 2006 US Open Cup Champion with the Chicago Fire
  • 2006 Chicago Fire Educator of the Year
  • 2008 Columbus Crew MLS Cup Champion
  • 2003 & 2004 National Champion at Indiana
  • 2005 Hermann Trophy Award Runner-Up
  • 2005 First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year
  • 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 24 Goals & 36 Assists in four-year career at Indiana University

ASSISTANT COACH MIKE GRACZYK

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 11 years of coaching experience at professional, DI and club levels
  • Director of goalkeeping for New Mexico United (USL)
  • 5 seasons as associate head coach at New Mexico
  • Assistant coaching stops at Stanford (3 seasons) and Harvard (1 season)
  • Recruited Hermann Trophy winner Jordan Morris to Stanford
  • Key role in New Mexico's 2016 Top 5 ranked recruiting class (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
  • 5-win improvement in short stint at Stanford
  • 2 First Team All-Conference goalkeepers under his direction (2013 Stanford & 2010 Harvard)

GRACZYK AS A PLAYER

  • 19th overall pick by the Colorado Rapids in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft
  • 3 seasons in the MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids
  • 2-time captain at the University of New Mexico
  • 2005 College Cup Final starting goalkeeper for the University of New Mexico
  • 1st in University of New Mexico record book for career shutouts (30), wins in a season (18) and shutouts in a season (13)
  • 44 career wins at the University of New Mexico
  • 4-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference champion with the University of New Mexico
  • 2002 Gatorade New Mexico Player of the Year

ASSISTANT COACH ADAM LAPLACA

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013 National Champion at Notre Dame
  • 2 seasons as an assistant coach at Notre Dame
  • 2014 Spirit Award Recipient from Notre Dame
  • 2014 Francis Patrick O'Connor Award winner
  • 4x Big East Academic All-Star
  • Pursuing his Law degree at Notre Dame

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS CHRIS ROLFE

  • Second year on staff at Notre Dame as director of operations
  • Previously the volunteer assistant coach for the Denver University women's program
  • 12-year professional career
  • Played 9 seasons in MLS and 3 seasons in Danish Superliga
  • Made 299 appearances over his professional career
  • Totaled 71 goals and 33 assists in MLS career
  • Earned four club Golden Boots (2005, 2008, 2012 – Chicago Fire; 2015 – D.C. United)
  • 10 caps with the US Men's National Team
  • Named Team MVP twice (2012 Chicago Fire & 2015 DC United)
  • Played collegiately at Dayton (2001-04)
  • Scored 31 goals and set the program record for career assists with 25 at Dayton
  • Named an NSCAA All-American during his senior season