|Position:||Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator|
Chris Rich joined the Duke men's soccer staff as an assistant coach in May of 2015. Rich works closely with the goalkeepers as well as handling many scouting duties and also serves as the recruiting coordinator. He also is on the United Soccer Coaches National Staff and a Scout for U.S. Soccer.
Rich, one year after landing a top recruiting class, spearheaded bringing in another top group with Top Drawer Soccer ranking the 2018 contingent as the sixth-best class nationally and features a host of players with youth national team experience.
As mentioned above, after helping to land one of the top classes, Rich was instrumental in Duke’s return to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The Blue Devils, after struggling defensively at times in recent seasons, were excellent in 2017 in allowing just 1.05 goals per game, the lowest goals against average since 2013. Under Rich’s watch, rookie goalkeeper Will Pulisic anchored the defense to seven shutouts en route to earning All-ACC third team honors. He was the first Duke goalie to earn All-ACC honors since 2012 and the first Blue Devil freshman to land on an All-ACC team since 2009. Pulisic finished the season with a 13-4-3 overall record, a 1.01 goals against average and an ACC-best .761 save percentage.
In his first season with the Blue Devils, Rich was crucial to mentoring goalkeeper Robert Moewes. With the help and guidance of Rich, Moewes earned an invite to the Major League Soccer Player Combine and was drafted in the third round by Toronto FC. Moewes earned the team's Most Valuable Player Award after anchoring the defense and playing all but 28 minutes during the season.
Rich, a 2007 graduate of Barry University, comes to Duke after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at North Carolina for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also has established local contacts as the head coach for local club Triangle United.
During his two seasons in Chapel Hill, Rich helped lead the Tar Heels to a 30-7-5 record in the two seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. North Carolina’s defense was among the top in the league in 2014, allowing just 0.73 goals per game. In 2015, goalkeeper James Pyle ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally with an impressive .839 save percentage.
Prior to moving to the Triangle, Rich oversaw game day scouting and video analysis for the Hokies during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. He also served as the goalkeeper coach, mentoring first team All-ACC keeper Kyle Renfro in 2013. Renfro, under Rich’s watch, led the ACC in saves in both seasons and was third and fourth in the league in save percentage those year years, respectively.
Previous to his two seasons in Blacksburg, Rich worked as an assistant coach at Florida International University for the 2011 season. He assisted in most aspects of the program with a specific focus on domestic recruiting.
After graduating from Barry in 2007, Rich spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He served as the goalkeeper coach for the men's team for four seasons and the women's team for three seasons.
As a student-athlete at Barry, Rich was a captain and a four-year starter in goal for the Buccaneers. An All-Sunshine State Conference pick, Rich notched 28 career wins and eight shutouts during his four seasons. For his career overall, Rich started 48 games for the Buccaneers.
Rich holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, a USSF 'B' license, and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
Rich earned a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2007 and a master's degree in sport management in 2009 from Barry.
Rich is married to the former Korie Sawyer.