The College of New Jersey
Coach Maria Grady attended Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Newfield, NJ) for high school from 2004-2008. While at OLMA, she set the school record for career goals with 86. Maria was an All-South Jersey Non-Public B First Team pick as well as Cape Atlantic League National Conference First Team all 4 years at OLMA. As a junior, Grady received the prestigious honor of Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year from the Daily Journal of Vineland, NJ.
She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science (2008-2012). As a sophomore, she converted in the seventh round of a PK shootout in the NJAC Championship to lift the Lions to the conference title over Stockton University. In that same season, Maria helped lead the Lions to the 2009 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas but ultimately fell 1-0 to Messiah College in the semifinals. In her 4 years at TCNJ, the Lions helped Coach Joe Russo reach his 400th career win, won 3 NJAC Championships as well making it to the NCAA tournament each year.
Following graduation, Coach Grady started coaching at the youth level with a club she played for, South Jersey Elite Barons (SJEB). She is currently with the club, now known as SJEB Rush, and trains both the 2004 and 2005 girls’ teams. Maria also became an assistant girls soccer varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Holy Cross Academy (Delran, NJ) from 2014-2016. While there, she helped coach the girls to a South Jersey Non-Public A State Championship.
Maria is currently a Physical Education and Health Teacher at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School in Philadelphia, PA.
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