The Otters will be in good hands once again in 2019 as Graeme Jaap slide over to the head coach’s chair to lead the team into the 2019 season. Jaap, who joined the Otter staff as the top assistant coach to Shane Carew in 2018, owns significant collegiate head coaching experience as well as several years as an assistant at the NCAA Division I and II levels.
He most recently served as the assistant at Division I Stetson University under former All–CCAA player Kyle Gookins in 2017. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Division I Florida International.
Jaap began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Brescia University in Ownesboro, Ky. While there as head coach, he led the Bearcats to the 2010 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.
He left Brescia to join the staff at NCAA Division II power Rollins College. The Tars averaged 18 wins per season in Jaap’s four years on the bench, winning three Sunshine State Conference titles while making four NCAA Tournament appearances.
After beginning his collegiate playing career at the University of Mary (N.D.), Jaap transferred to Bresica, where he earned NAIA All–America honors as a sophomore in 2003. Injuries limited his role over his final two collegiate seasons.
He played club soccer in his native Scotland with the Hamilton Accies and earned two caps with the Scotland U18 National Team.
Jaap graduated from Brescia University in 2006 with a degree in business concentrating in human resources.