PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 21, 2014) – Former Rutgers men’s soccer Scarlet Knight Bryant Knibbs was elevated to assistant coach, it was announced this week by head coach Dan Donigan.
Knibbs had served as a graduate assistant with the program since 2012. He replaces former assistant coach Brian Grazier, who returned to his alma mater at St. Louis.
"I am thrilled to add Bryant Knibbs to our full time coaching staff. He is a tireless worker, well respected and a first class person,” said Donigan. “He will be assisting Coach Beck and myself in recruiting the very best student-athletes and continuing to help develop our current student-athletes on and off the field.”
“Coach Knibbs understands the meaning of being a Rutgers student-athlete first hand. He helped bring our program into the national spotlight as a captain with the 2011 Sweet 16 team and now will have an opportunity to do the same on the sidelines as we enter one of the best academic and athletic conferences in all of college sports – The Big Ten,” added Donigan. “He knows our philosophies as a program, not only as a student-athlete, but also having worked side-by-side with our staff as a graduate student manager.”
A four-year letterwinner in the midfield from 2008-11, Knibbs appeared in 72 contests for the Scarlet Knights and helped lead Rutgers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2011.
During his senior campaign, the Scarlet Knights captured one of the best turnarounds in BIG EAST history, finishing second in the Red Division, and earned an at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. During the tournament run, Knibbs and the Scarlet Knights gave RU its first third round appearance since 2001, defeating Colgate and upsetting No. 4 and eighth-ranked Boston College along the way. Knibbs totaled 21 starts on the season and was among the Scarlet Knights’ top point totalers with four goals and three assists.
The former Scarlet Knight was the recipient of the Richard Ferraro Award, given to RU’s most inspirational player, as a sophomore in 2009 and was the George Dochat Sportmanship Award winner as a senior in 2011.
Knibbs came to Rutgers as a two-time all-state and first team regional selection out of Pine Bush High School in New York. He played for four seasons on New York ODP, earning Regional All-American honors, and played with the Wallkill Fire from 1999-2008.
Knibbs began his coaching career last season, joining the Rutgers men’s soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Last year, the Scarlet Knights made a late season run in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, which included an upset of top-seeded and seventh-ranked Louisville in the tournament quarterfinals. Additionally, RU knocked off No. 19 Memphis and took No. 5 Akron to double overtime during the regular season.
Graduating from Rutgers in 2012, Knibbs earned a degree in sociology and is currently working on his master’s degree in management and labor studies.
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