Emory and Henry College

Emory & Henry Athletics
P.O. Box 947 - 12228 Itta Bena Rd Emory, VA 24327
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Very Small National competitor

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Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson is entering his sixth year as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Emory & Henry College.


Richardson came to E&H after serving as an Assistant Coach at Brevard College for the 2012 season. While with the Tornadoes, Richardson was involved in all facets of the operation of the men’s soccer program with an emphasis on recruiting, training and administration. He also worked closely with BC’s women’s soccer team, training goalkeepers and assisting with the team’s tryout process.


Prior to Brevard, Richardson was an assistant at Earlham College in Indiana for the 2011 season where he helped lead the Quakers to a NCAC title game appearance. He was an assistant coach with Tusculum College in 2010 and saw the Pioneers’ goalkeeper rank ninth in Division II in saves.


Richardson got his start in college coaching with a three-year stint at Earlham in 2007-10. The team posted its best three-year period since the late 1990’s as he was responsible for recruiting, training and scouting of opponents.


Prior to his start in the collegiate ranks, Richardson coached at the club level both in the United States and England. He held the position of Area Director from 2000-04 with United Soccer Academy in New Jersey, coaching multiple intramural and travel teams.


Richardson holds coaching licenses from the English and Scottish FA’s, the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


A native of Seaham, County Durham, England, Richardson earned a Bachelor of Sport Science degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy.

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Dider Grillet

Didier Grillet is in his second fall season as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Emory & Henry College. He is involved in all the day-to-day operations of the program including training sessions, match planning, camps, equipment, travel and recruiting.


Grillet played for four years in goal for E&H between 2013 and 2016. During that span, he played in 55 matches making 53 starts, totaling 4,743 minutes in goal, placing him second all-time in total career minutes played. Grillet finished his career as the career record-holder for wins and shutouts and is third all-time in career saves.


Grillet attended High School at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, he competed on the varsity squads for soccer, swimming and pole vault. Grillet was nominated to the All-Conference squads for all three sports, while finishing second in pole vault at the conference meet. He has coached at the Sardis Forest Swim Club, as well as serving as a lifeguard.


He graduated from Emory & Henry in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in sport management. He is a member of the United Soccer Coaches and possesses coaching qualifications from the organization.

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