Celebrate Cougar Soccer, Oct. 14-15.
Graeme (pronounced Graham) Abel is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Cougar soccer program. He has been an assistant at Brescia (Ky.) in 2004, Nevada (2005-07) and Oklahoma (2008-09).
He is Washington State's goalkeepers' coach, a position he excelled at in Reno. In addition, he coordinates the program's external operations.
While at Nevada, Abel worked primarily with the Wolf Pack's goalkeepers. During his tenure, Nevada enjoyed 30 wins and three-straight trips to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, including the 2006 WAC Championship and the program's only NCAA Championship appearance (2006).
In addition, Abel's pupils helped anchor a Nevada defense that recorded 23 shutouts in three seasons (Nevada had three in program history prior to his arrival). He also handled aspects relating to compliance and recruiting with the Nevada soccer program.
The Liverpool, England native also has experience in other levels of the sport. He was the head goalkeeper coach for the Nevada Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, and served as an Olympic Development Program Coach with Kentucky Youth Soccer.
A two-time NAIA All-American, Abel was the 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP while leading Lindsey Wilson to the national title. He played for Everton FC (1994-97), Stockport County FC (1997-99) and Chester City FC (2001).
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