ASSISTANT COACH Third year UMBC, 1991
Jeff Gross is in his third year as an assistant coach at UNCG under women’s head coach Michael Coll in 2015. Gross helped the Spartans to a 9-8-3 overall record in his first year, including a 5-3-1 record in Southern Conference play. In Gross’ second season the Spartans posted a 9-9-3 record and improved to 6-2-1 in the Southern Conference. The team earned a No. 3 seed in the SoCon Tournament, it’s highest in four seasons and seven players earned All-SoCon honors. Gross came to UNCG after being the Director of Coaching for the East Meadow Soccer club in Long Island, New York after finishing his fifth year with the club in 2014. He has been instrumental in the club’s ability to gain entry into the Elite Clubs National League for girls, the National Premier League for boys and into every major tournament and showcase in the country for both boys and girls. Prior to working with the East Meadow Soccer Club, Gross worked five years as the Director of Coaching at the Football Club Frederick in Frederick, Maryland from 2004-2009. During his time there he led the U-16 Girls team to the Maryland State Cup Championship in 2009 and a Region I finalist. Over a coaching career that spans 20 years to this point, Gross has been involved in several high level soccer environments including boys elite leagues/cups, girls elite leagues/cups and several tournament championships. He has worked with players that have played in the youth national teams, at all ages, and a multitude of players that have gone onto successful college soccer careers. From 1994 through 2004, Gross was the head coach of the Maryland Olympic Development Program leading the U-16 squad to a ODP National Championship finalist in 2000. Also his U-15 team was a Region I Regional Champion in 1999. Gross played his collegiate soccer career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1991. Gross holds the USSF “A” license and the NSCAA “Premier Diploma” and the US Soccer National Youth License.
HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH Seventh year Virginia Tech, 1997
Danny Wheel is entering his seventh year as head strength and conditioning coach at UNCG in the 2016-17 season. Wheel brings more than 17 years experience to the Spartans in 2015. Prior to his arrival in Greensboro, Wheel spent 10 years as a member of East Carolina University’s Strength and Conditioning department. He spent six years as the coordinator of Olympic sports at ECU. He worked directly with the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, volleyball and women’s soccer programs while also assisting with football. During Wheel’s first four years at East Carolina, he was the assistant director of strength and conditioning. He also assisted in organization and design of the new weight room in the Murphy Center. Wheel graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, and received his master’s degree in health education from Virginia Tech in 2001. While receiving his graduate degree, Wheel served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant under the direction Mike Gentry. He played football for Frank Beamer’s Hokies from 1993-1998, finishing his career as a three-year letterman and a two-year starter. Wheel was also a member of the corps of cadets for four years. Wheel is a certified member of the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association. He is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Wheel closes out his certifications by being an Olympic Club Coach certified. Wheel also competes in strongman and power lifting events.