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Boys Soccer: Grunberg takes helm for Hubs

April 12, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

Pete Grunberg has been the junior varsity boys soccer coach at North Hagerstown High School since 2002 and served as an assistant to varity coach Glenn Singer, so it seemed he was the logical choice to take over after Singer retired after the 2012 season.

“I wanted the job because I enjoy coaching and interacting with the kids,” said Grunberg, who was officially named as Singer’s successor recently.

Born in the South American nation of Chile, Grunberg lived there for four years before the family moved to Hagerstown in 1970.

“(Chileans) love their soccer, they are passionate,” said Grunberg, who has been able to return to his home country several times. “My father liked the sport.”

Grunberg played soccer at North and went on to Towson University, but decided to play only tennis in college before graduating in 1990.

He has long been a volunteer coach at the Hagerstown YMCA and has had the privilege of seeing his three children grow up playing the game.

Daughters Morgan and Megan have played for the Hagerstown Freedom summer travel teams and he coached Megan with the Freedom 91 team. He said Megan began playing soccer at age 4.

“I never coached Morgan and never was able to coach Mark until he was a freshman (at North),” Grunberg said of Mark, currently a junior three-sport athlete at North.

“(Mark) would play soccer as a hobby, always playing baseball and football,” Grunberg said. “When the kids were younger and got involved, that’s when I started to help coach.”

Grunberg has seen the sport evolve into its current state.

“There was the soccer explosion of the late 90s, early 2000’s and it became very big,” he said.

When Grunberg takes the sidelines as head coach next season, he will try to follow up on North’s 10-7 record, despite losing three All-County first-teamers and many other experienced players.

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