Salisbury University head men’s soccer coach Alex Hargrove announced on Thursday that he will step down from his position effective March 1, 2021.
Hargrove has been involved with the SU men’s soccer program for 15 years as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He joined the staff as an assistant in 2010 and took over as the head coach when former head coach and current Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Dr. Gerry DiBartolo stepped down in 2016.
“On behalf of the entire SU Athletics family, I’d like to thank Alex for his many contributions as a player and as a coach to the men’s soccer program,” DiBartolo said in a news release. “He was a great leader and mentor to countless student-athletes and we all wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
As the program’s head coach, Hargrove tallied 35 wins, with 16 coming in Capital Athletic Conference play. He led the Sea Gulls to three CAC Tournament appearances and helped 12 players receive All-CAC honors.
The best season for Hargrove’s Sea Gulls came in 2018 when the team boasted an 11-3-1 record and reached the CAC semifinals.
“I want to thank Dr. DiBartolo, our athletic department staff, alumni, student-athletes and local community members for the trust and support they have shown me during my time here at SU,” Hargrove said in a news release. “This is truly an outstanding institution and community. Making the decision to leave a place I have called home for the last 15 years was not easy for me but was made with great care and consideration."
“I will continue to support this University, the athletic department and the men’s soccer program as a proud alumnus from the west coast where I’ll be joining my family in 2021.”
The university will begin a national search for Hargrove’s replacement after the Fall 2020 Semester.
By NICK LEWIS
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