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Profile: Lauren Gregg, the first woman to serve as an assistant coach for any of U.S. Soccer's national teams, was an assistant for the U.S. Women's National Team from 1989-2000. She was an assistant coach for the USA at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and assisted the squad that won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.
At the end of the 1995 college season, Gregg retired as head women's soccer coach at the University of Virginia, where she earned a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1991 and a total of seven consecutive NCAA tournament bids (1988-94). She was named the NSCAA Coach of the Year in 1990, the only woman to receive that honor. Gregg was the first, and one of only two women to lead a team to the NCAA Division I Final Four.
Gregg, who holds a U.S. Soccer "A" coaching license, obtained her master's degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard where she was the women's assistant coach for two years. She earned her undergraduate degree at UNC in psychology and received the Marie James post-graduate scholarship as the ACC's top female graduating student-athlete. As an undergraduate, Gregg attended Harvard for a year as a visiting student.
Prior to joining the Harvard coaching staff, Gregg was an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, winning a national title.
An All-American at UNC, Gregg played on the 1981 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national soccer championship team and was captain of the 1982 NCAA championship squad, UNC's first ever. Her international experience includes playing with the U.S. Women's National Team in the North American Cup in 1986.
Gregg was listed in the 1997 Who's Who in Women of the World selected by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England.
An accompished speaker and clinician, she gives numerous speeches on women's soccer around the country every year. Gregg was named to the Presidentís Council on Physical Fitness and Sports this past spring, is also on the Governorís Council of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is the spokesperson for the Smoke Free Soccer program sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Gregg also served as head coach for the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team, which won the Nordic Cup in 1997 and 1999, both times defeating Norway. She led the USA Under-21s to the Nordic Cup final in 1998, but fell to Norway to earn the silver medal. The Nordic Cup is widely considered to be the unofficial world championship for Under-21 women.