Scott Grzenda enters his 27th season as women's soccer head coach at the University of Delaware in the fall of 2016.
The only coach in UD women's soccer history, he has compiled an impressive career record of 237-202-44 (.536), led his teams to three second place finishes in America East Tournament play in 1994-96, and been named league Coach of the Year three times. His teams have posted 16 winning seasons and posted 10 or more wins 11 times.
In addition he has coached eight all-region players, 15 first team all-conference selections, and seven CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic recipients during his tenure.
He enters the 2016 season ranked No. 55 on the active NCAA Division I women's soccer coaching win list and is third among Colonial Athletic Association mentors.
Grzenda has led 13 of his teams to league post-season play, including a streak of three straight seasons in which the Hens have advanced to the CAA Tournament in 2011-13. His teams made three straight America East Tournament championship game appearances in 1994-96 and have advanced to the league tournament semifinals eight times.
Grzenda (pronounced "gruh-zenda") led Delaware to a 10-7-4 record in 2011, when the Blue Hens finished fourth in the CAA standings and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 2005. UD defeated Hofstra, 1-0, in the quarterfinals before dropping a tough 201 decision to eventual champion William & Mary in the semifinals.
The Hens postsed an overall record of 9-8-1 in 2012 and made a second straight trip to the CAA Tournament with a sixth place finish. The Hens dropped a 1-1 verdict on penalty kicks to host UNCW in the quarterfinal round.
The Blue Hens enjoyed one of their finest seasons in 2005 when they posted a record of 10-6-4, placed third in the CAA regular season standings, and advanced to the the CAA semifinals before losing to eventual champion Hofstra. Grzenda was named CAA Coach of the Year for his efforts.
In 2002, Grzenda led the Blue Hens to a record of 9-9-1 and sixth place finish in the team's first season in the CAA. The Hens placed sixth in the regular season and were defeated by No. 3 seed Hofstra in the CAA quarterfinals.
In 2003, the Blue Hens posted a record of 10-6-3, placed third in the CAA with a league mark of 5-2-2 (the team's highest league finish since 1996), and fell to George Mason in the CAA quarterfinals.
In 2001, Grzenda led the Blue Hens to a record of 11-8-1 and a fourth place finish in America East regular season play with mark of 5-5-1. The team won a first round playoff game before falling to eventual champion Boston University in the semifinals.
In 2000, Grzenda led his squad to a record of 11-7-1, including a 4-5 mark in America East play that placed sixth overall. The Hens opened the season with a mark of 6-0-1, including a 2-0 win over Ivy League power Pennsylvania.
He earned consecutive America East Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1993, when his Blue Hens finished 11-6-1 overall with 10 freshmen on the roster, including six in the starting lineup, and in 1994 when Delaware made an appearance in the inaugural America East championship game and had a school-best 16-2-1 record.
Grzenda was named as the first varsity women's soccer coach at the University of Delaware in August 1990. In his rookie campaign he led the Hens to an impressive 14-2-1 record.
Grzenda, a 1987 graduate of the University of Delaware, was a three-time All-East Coast Conference selection at midfield from 1984-86 and earn regional All-American honors during his playing days for the Blue Hens.
He finished his four-year career with 23 goals and seven assists and was the Hens' leading scorer his senior year in 1986 with eight goals and two assists in leading the team to the ECC championship game. He was a team captain in 1985 and 1986 and still ranks in Delaware's all-time top 10 lists for goals scored and points.
Grzenda began his coaching career at Lynchburg (Va.) College as a graduate assistant coach for the women's soccer team in 1987 and 1988. In 1989 he served as a graduate assistant coach for the men's program at Lynchburg. In addition to his duties at Delaware, Grzenda assists with the Olympic Development Program.
Grzenda is a native of Trenton, N.J. He and his wife, Beth, reside in Lewisville, Pa.with their sons, Zachary and Nathan, and daughter, Kaitlyn.
Grzenda, who was a soccer and baseball standout at Steinert (N.J.) High School, was inducted into the Steinert Athletics Hall of Fame in April, 2012 and into the Mercer (N.J.) County Soccer Hall of Fame in April, 2015.
Grzenda Year by Year Head Coaching Record
|Year||Record||Conference Record (Finish)||Highlights|
|1990||14-2-1||-||1st Varsity season|
|1993||11-6-1||0-3-1 (4th)||America East Coach of the Year|
|1994||16-2-1||3-1 (2nd)||America East Runner-up
America East Coach of the Year
|1995||11-8||4-2 (2nd)||America East Runner-up|
|1996||10-9-1||4-3 (3rd)||America East Runner-up|
|1997||10-9-1||5-4 (4th)||America East Semifinalists|
|1999||8-9-1||6-3 (4th)||America East Semifinalists|
|2001||11-8-1||5-5-1 (4th)||America East Semifinalists|
|2002||9-9-1||4-4-1 (6th)||Colonial Athletic Association Quarterfinals|
|2003||10-6-3||5-2-2 (3rd)||CAA Quarterfinals|
|2005||10-6-4||7-3-1 (3rd)||CAA Semifinals|
|2011||10-7-4||5-3-3 (4th)||CAA Semifinals|
|2012||9-8-1||6-4 (6th)||CAA Quarterfinals|
|2013||9-7-3||3-3-2 (6th)||CAA Tournament First Round|
|2015||8-9-2||3-4-2 (6th)||CAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Totals (26 yrs.)||237-202-44 (.536)||94-96-22 (.495)||-|