Chris Gnehm has been the top assistant coach for Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer program since the summer of 2008, and has been working to help develop players in the Owls' program since 2002. His coaching emphasis is on goalkeeping.
Gnehm has played a key role in directing an excellent FAU defensive side. In 2006, the Owls led all NCAA Division I teams in shutout percentage (.762), holding opponents scoreless in 16 of 21 matches. A year later, FAU's second year in the Sun Belt Conference, the team posted nine shutouts and allowed just 15 goals.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Gnehm's wealth of coaching experience includes assistant coaching roles at six colleges, including FAU, and leading with the Soccer Plus Goalkeeping School (Wethersfield, Conn.) during the summer of 1995. His collegiate coaching career began as the assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Averett University (VA), a position he had from 1996-97. He then moved to be the assistant coach at Monmouth University (NJ) from 1998-1999 and then enjoyed one semester as assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney College (VA). He also served as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University (NC), during the spring of 2000, and Ferrum College (VA), from the fall of 2000 to December of 2001.
Gnehm earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1997 from Averett University, where he was a four-year starter as goalkeeper and team captain from 1993-96. He still holds Averett's school record for most saves in a single season (1996) and career saves (1992-1996). He earned first-team all-state soccer honors as a high school senior in 1992.
Away from the soccer field, Gnehm participated in nearly 60 commercials as an actor/model from 1979-1988. He helped advertise products such as Cracker Jack, Nike, Colleco Vision, Cheetos, Life Cereal and Jell-O Pudding. He also appeared in print ads for Wrangler Kid, Gravy Train and FAO Schwartz.