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McGahey Adds Two Assistants to CMU Soccer Coaching Staff
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – First-year Central Michigan soccer head coach Peter McGahey has announced the addition of two assistants to his coaching staff, Gretta Arvesen and Joe Nemzer.

Arvesen comes to CMU after five seasons at Minnesota State University. She served under McGahey as an assistant on this staff from 2008-2013 before being appointed as interim head coach following McGahey’s move to Central Michigan. While at MSU, the Mavericks amassed an impressive 74-21-13 overall record and made four NCAA postseason appearances. 

Prior to Minnesota State, Arvesen spent 2007-08 as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State University. In her lone season at SDSU, she helped coach the conference defensive player of the year, as the Jackrabbits went 9-4-4 in their first season in the Summit League.

Arvesen possesses a United States Soccer Federation National ‘D’ Coaching License and has completed NSCAA ‘C’ Coaching coursework. A Pine Springs, Minn. native, Arvesen received her bachelor’s degree from Creighton University before earning a master’s degree in education leadership from Minnesota State in 2010.

While at Creighton, Arvesen was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and helped guide the Bluejays to Missouri Valley Conference championships and NCAA Championship berths in 2004 and 2005.

At CMU, Arvesen will serve as the Director of Internal Affairs with duties to include acting as Director of the Chippewa Soccer Academy, budget and travel coordinator, and liaison with compliance, academics, and facilities. She will focus her coaching attention on the supervision and training of the midfielders.

Nemzer joins CMU after holding the position of head assistant women’s coach at Division II Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan. since July 2011. At FHSU, in just the program’s second year of existence, he helped the Tigers double their win total from the previous year, capture a MIAA Conference Championship, and earn an NCAA Championship berth. 

Prior to his time at Fort Hays, Nemzer was an assistant coach for the women’s program at Ottawa University for one season, helping the Braves compile a record 15-3-2 and claim a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.

In 2009, Nemzer was an assistant with the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. At Huntsville, he was part of a quick turnaround in the fortunes of the men’s program. In one year, the Chargers went from a team with a 2-10-4 record, its fifth straight losing season, to a team that made its first conference championship appearance in 10 years and went unbeaten in Gulf South Conference play.

Nemzer played collegiately at Penn State Abington, serving as the team’s starting goalkeeper. During his career, the Lions made consecutive conference tournament semifinal appearances (2007-2008).

Originally from Philadelphia, Nemzer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Penn State in the spring of 2009 and is pursuing an MBA. He holds a United States Soccer Federation National ‘D’ License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping diploma.

At CMU, Nemzer will act as the Director of External relations. He will fill the roles of recruiting and video coordinator and will oversee scheduling and advanced scouting. On the field, Nemzer will train the goalkeepers.