Brendan Grady is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of CUYS, assuming the role in July 2018 after five years as the Program Director with CUYS, formerly Chester Upland Soccer for Success. Prior to leading CUYS, Grady enjoyed a decorated soccer career over the past two decades both playing and coaching men's soccer. A four-year starter and two-year captain for Swarthmore College, Brendan returned to his alma mater in 2013 as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach. He also spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Widener University Men’s Soccer team. College accolades include leading Swarthmore to the team title and also earned places on the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Centennial Conference teams, as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. In addition, Grady was a member of the California North Olympic Development Program’s A Team from 1999 through 2001 and he captained the San Juan Predators and Santa Clara Ruckus to the US Club National Championship and Y-League National Championship, respectively. On the scholastic level, he was most notably a member of the Bellarmine College Preparatory 2002 squad which was ranked #1 in the nation. Grady earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Swarthmore College in 2009 and his master’s degree in Fine Arts and Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in 2012. He currently holds a USSF “B” coaching license.
Brent Jacquette is the CEO and Co-Founder of CUYS, having been the founding Director of Chester Upland Soccer for Success whose efforts helped him be named the Philadelphia Union’s nominee for the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest in 2014. He is also in his tenth season as the head men’s soccer coach at Widener, where has led the program to some of its most successful seasons in program history. Brent most recently piloted the Pride to their first Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Tournament appearance since 2008 this past season. Brent also enjoyed a successful collegiate playing career in which he was named an All-American as well as a two-time All-Big Ten Conference defender at Penn State. The four-year starter and team captain was tabbed a Collegiate MVP by Soccer America in 2002 and was selected to participate in the Major League Soccer combine in 2003. Furthermore, he competed in the United Soccer Leagues with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Minnesota Thunder. A native of Wallingford, Jacquette graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications in 2002 and more recently with a master’s degree in public administration from Widener in 2016. He currently holds a USSF “A” License as well as an NSCAA Premier Diploma.