Emory and Henry College

Emory & Henry Athletics
P.O. Box 947 - 12228 Itta Bena Rd Emory, VA 24327
Division 2 Virginia Northeast
Private Very Small National competitor


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Didier Grillet

Didier Grillet is entering his second season as Head Men's Soccer Coach at Emory & Henry College and his fifth season overall on staff.

As an assistant for his first three seasons on staff, Grillet took over the reins of the program in the summer of 2020. As an assistant, he was involved in all the day-to-day operations of the program including training sessions, match planning, camps, equipment, travel and recruiting.

Grillet played for four years in goal for E&H between 2013 and 2016. During that span, he played in 55 matches making 53 starts, totaling 4,743 minutes in goal, placing him second all-time in total career minutes played. Grillet finished his career as the career record-holder for wins and shutouts and is third all-time in career saves.

Grillet attended High School at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, he competed on the varsity squads for soccer, swimming and pole vault. Grillet was nominated to the All-Conference squads for all three sports.

He graduated from Emory & Henry in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in sport management. He is a member of the United Soccer Coaches and possesses coaching qualifications from the organization.

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Justin Gilfert

Justin Gilfert is entering his second year as an Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Emory & Henry College.

Gilfert joined E&H after serving during the fall of 2020 as an assistant coach at then-Martin Methodist College (now University of Tennessee Southern) in Pulaski, Tennessee. While with the FireHawks, he also served as the head JV coach. In addition to working with Martin Methodist, he also worked with Oak City United Futbol Club, a Women's Professional Soccer League side out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

From the spring of 2019 to the fall of 2020, Gilfert was an assistant coach for Pfeiffer University, working with the women's team. During his time in Misenheimer, the Falcons posted a 13-5 overall record, winning the 2019 USA South Athletic Conference regular season championship. He saw nine players named to the All-USAS East Division Team including seven first-teamers.

Gilfert spent the summer of 2019, with Discoveries SC a USL League 2 U-23 program. He was the head coach of the reserves squad and an assistant with the first team. In the first half of 2019, Gilfert was the head coach of the U-15 and U-16 boys' teams for NC Fusion.

During the 2018 season, Gilfert served on the women's soccer staff at Greensboro College, helping lead the Pride to a 17-1 overall record and a perfect 7-0 mark in league play for a USAS regular-season title. Eight players for Greensboro were named to the all-conference east division teams with three making it to the first team. Gilfert was also had a spell as interim head coach in the spring of 2019.

Gilfert got his start in college coaching on staff at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York during the 2017 season.

Gilfert completed his undergraduate degree in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in forensic science/criminal justice from Hilbert College. A native of Olean, New York, Gilfert holds Grassroots certifications from the United States Soccer Federation.

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