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Erie Commodores NPSL Mens Soccer

Rich Wall // Head Coach

Rich Wall returns for his second season leading the Erie Commodores NPSL program. In 2023, the team finished 5-6-1 overall, marking the most wins for the team since 2019.

Previously, Wall spent five years in various roles with USL2 clubs, Tri-Cities FC Otters (2017-2019), and West Virginia United (2015-2016, formerly known as the West Virginia Chaos). The 2015 Chaos reached the 2nd Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup where they were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Throughout Wall’s career, his primary roles have been with NCAA men’s and women’s programs. Currently he is the head women’s soccer coach at Mercyhurst University. During his first season with the Lakers in 2023, the program went 16-4-1 overall, claimed the PSAC West Division championship, and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He was named the PSAC West Division Coach of the Year.

Prior to Mercyhurst, he was the associate head women’s soccer coach at Coastal Carolina University (2022), and an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Cincinnati (2020-2021) and Ball State University (2019). The 2020 Cincinnati Bearcats were American Athletic Conference Tournament Finalists.

From 2015-2018, he was the head men’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae College. At LMC, the program peaked at #12 in the NCAA National Rankings during the 2017 season. During the 2018 season, Wall was named to the United Soccer Coaches 30-Under-30 program.

Prior to his first head coach stint, Wall was an assistant men’s soccer coach at Brevard College (2014) and Belmont Abbey College (2013). Wall began his coaching career at his alma-mater, Gardner-Webb University (2012). At the youth level, Wall has coached in various roles for the New York Red Bull Academy Training Programs, North Carolina ODP, Waxhaw Soccer Club, and GCCSA.

To date, Wall has earned the United States Soccer Federation A-Senior License, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and Goalkeeping Level II Certificate. Rich resides in Erie, PA with his wife, Jessica Wall and their 2-year-old son “Tre.”