The Elon University men's soccer team has hired Marc Reeves as its new head coach, the school announced late Wednesday night.

Reeves had previously been the head coach at Radford University for seven seasons, leading the Highlanders to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Reeves replaces Chris Little, who left after three seasons to take the Director of Coaching job at the Seattle Sounders FC Academy.

“I am truly thankful to [Director of Athletics] Dave Blank, President Lambert and the search committee for the opportunity to lead Elon men’s soccer,” Reeves said in the press release. “I have great respect for the program’s previous coaches, especially most recently Chris Little and Darren Powell. Both are incredibly high caliber coaches of great character and they have left a very strong program in place that we will look to build on for the future. My family and I are eager to join the Elon University and become a part of its exceptional community.”

In an interview with the Roanoke Times Wednesday night, Reeves stressed that the decision was made with his family — wife Suzanne and kids Robert, Olivia and Jackson — in mind.

“It was a decision based upon what’s best for the future of my family,” Reeves said. “A private institute [such as Elon] does allow for some tuition breaks when you have three kids who are going to want to go to college. It was a really, really tough decision but something my wife and I believe is best for the future of our kids.”

Reeves went 75-43-20 in seven seasons, winning the Big South Conference regular season championship in his last three seasons in charge. He was a two-time Big South coach of the year.

Elon played Radford each year Reeves was in charge, with the Phoenix winning twice, drawing twice and losing three times to the Highlanders. Radford beat Elon each of the past two seasons.


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