Cedarville University

Cedarville University Athletic Dept
251 North Main Street Cedarville, OH 45314
Division 2 Ohio Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Brett Faro

Brett Faro has been the head men’s soccer coach at Cedarville University since the 2013 season.

He guided the Yellow Jackets to consecutive Great Midwest Athletic Conference championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as the school’s first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament berth in 2015.

Faro’s teams have averaged more than 12 victories per season with six straight appearances in the G-MAC semifinals while advancing to the title match four times. He is a three-time G-MAC Coach of the Year.

Faro was honored as the league’s top coach in 2018 with his club ending the regular season in second place. The Jackets finished 11-6-2 overall and 10-2-2 G-MAC with yet another tournament semifinal appearance.

The Yellow Jackets were 12-8-3 overall and 7-3-2 G-MAC in 2016. They finished as the conference runner-up and advanced to the NCCAA Midwest Region semifinals.

Cedarville rolled to records of 15-4-2 overall and 10-2 G-MAC during 2015 in winning its third straight league trophy via penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw on the home turf vs. Alderson Broaddus.

The Jackets then posted a 3-0 victory over Quincy in their NCAA debut before falling to national semifinalist Rockhurst.

CU finished 14-4-2 and 7-0-1 G-MAC in 2014. The Jackets hosted the G-MAC Tournament and defeated Davis & Elkins, 1-0, in the title match.

Faro was named the program’s interim head coach in July, 2013 and later had the interim tag removed in November just before the G-MAC Tournament.

Cedarville played host and #1 seed D&E to a 0-0 draw in the final and then claimed the 2013 trophy on penalty kicks. The Jackets ended up 13-3-4 and 6-1-1 G-MAC.

Prior to becoming the head coach, Faro served as the program’s top assistant in 2011 and 2012. CU went 31-10-4 those two years while winning the 2011 NCCAA region banner and placing third at the national tournament.

Faro came to Cedarville after serving as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy during the 2010 campaign. He helped guide the Midshipmen to a 7-5-4 record.

Faro has been involved in multiple levels of soccer in coaching and administration. He coached the U17 Maryland Nike Rush ‘93 in 2010-11 and helped lead the NCSL Division I squad to three tournament championships.

Faro was team manager of Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2010. He also coached and trained players in the Hershey Youth Soccer Club in 2007 and 2008.

Faro was a four-year standout during his playing career at perennial NCAA Division III powerhouse Messiah College from 2005-09. He was a member of four national championship teams, was a two-time team captain, and tied the school record for the most games played in a career with 99.

Faro is a 2009 graduate of Messiah with a degree in sports management. He was a Dean’s List student at the school and was recognized as an NSCAA Academic All-Region Scholar-Athlete.

Faro earned a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) in 2014. He also possesses an NSCAA National Diploma and a TOVO Academy Diploma in Spain.

Brett and his wife, Shelley, reside in Xenia with their son Lincoln, born in October, 2018.

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Grant Knight

Former Yellow Jacket Grant Knight has been part of the men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach since 2011.

The Wellington, Ohio native played three seasons for Cedarville in 2003-04 and 2006 and was a two-time team captain. He appeared in 55 matches with 45 starts totaling 11 goals and 6 assists for 28 points.

Knight was a member of the 2006 NCCAA national runner-up squad. He was an NCCAA Midwest Region Team selection, was tabbed NCCAA All-America honorable mention, and was an NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.

Knight, a 2006 CU grad with a degree in psychology, gained three years of PDL experience playing for the Cascade Surge in Oregon. He was a two-time team captain and served as the squad’s community director.

Knight had a short stint playing professionally for SV Gerasdorf in Austria and later spent time in Amberg, Germany and in Porto Alegre, Brazil training with FC Amberg and Gremio Esportivo Sapucaiense.

Knight has coached at various levels with club and academy in the U.S. and in Austria. Currently, he works with CUSA SC in Centerville, Ohio as their Director of Coaching Methodology and Outreach.

Knight travels regularly internationally using soccer as a vehicle to affect change in the community. He partners with organizations that seek to use soccer as a platform to raise awareness of current issues impacting the country.

Knight holds a USSF A coaching license. He’s earned the United Soccer Coaches Master of Coaching diploma along with various coaching diplomas from Spain. He is currently finishing his UEFA B coaching badge from the Irish FA.

Knight has conducted various internships and coaching visits around the world some of which include: D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders from the MLS, FC Schalke in the German Bundesliga, and Red Bull Salzburg from Austria. Most recently, he returned from Argentina visiting Boca Juniors.

Grant and his wife, Lisa Marie Knoetig, reside in Xenia with their son, Liam Wesley, and daughter, Lilli.

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Isaac Nelson

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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