Marc Fournier was hired in the spring of 2011 as an assistant coach for the UH women’s soccer team and elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2017 season. Fournier’s primary responsibility is working with the team’s goalkeepers. He also oversees the program’s academic progress and helps coordinate the team’s various youth camps.
2016 was a standout year for Fournier and the Rainbow Wahine. Under Fournier’s tutelage, goalkeeper Monk Berger tied the program’s single-season shutouts record with seven, and broke the program’s career shutouts record, finishing with 15. Berger was an all-Big West Conference Honorable Mention selection following her stellar senior campaign, and earned Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors once during the season. In addition to the seven shutouts, Berger held five more opponents to just one goal in 2016.
With Fournier’s guidance, the Rainbow Wahine also excelled in the classroom in 2016. The Rainbow Wahine posted a 3.51 team GPA during the fall 2016 semester, the highest ever in program history and the highest team GPA among UH athletics teams for the semester. Eleven UH players were selected to the Big West Conference All-Academic team, a program record and the most of any Big West women’s soccer team in 2016. Raisa Strom-Okimoto became the first UH player to earn first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors since Joelle Sugai in 2004. Additionally, the Rainbow Wahine soccer team had the highest team GPA of any UH team during the fall of 2016.
Fournier has helped mentor record-setting goalkeepers Kanani Taaca and Monk Berger. In back-to-back seasons, Taaca did not miss a single play, tallying more than 3,500 consecutive minutes in front of the net. Berger, meanwhile, enjoyed one of the best freshman seasons in program history in 2013. She set a new single-season record with seven shutouts and earned National Freshman of the Week honors and conference weekly honors (twice) before being named to the all-Big West freshmen team at season’s end.
UH has also achieved success in the classroom under the guidance of Fournier. The program earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award list in 2012 and 2013 with a team GPA better than 3.0. UH also has had nearly 40 academic all-league citations during Fournier’s tenure.
Fournier, 34, has coached on the collegiate, high school and club levels in Hawai‘i. He first worked with head coach Michele Nagamine in the fall of 2009 when he helped train the goalkeepers at Kamehameha Schools. He also developed and trained girl’s U14 and older for the Le‘ahi Soccer Club.
For two years, Fournier served as the goalkeepers coach for the men’s program at HPU. In 2009, he mentored all-conference keeper Matt Terry, who was rated as the nation’s 14th-ranked keeper with a goals-against-average of 0.75. Terry also posted four shutouts while surrendering 10 goals in 14 matches. In addition to his on-field duties, Fournier also assisted in recruiting, travel, fundraising and recruiting for the Sea Warriors.
Fournier played collegiate soccer for two seasons at UH-Hilo and was a member of the inaugural team in 2006. As a senior for the Vulcans in 2007, he posted 53 saves in 18 games. He averaged 2.94 saves per match and halted 58 shots on goal, earning PacWest Conference second-team honors in the process.
Fournier, a native of the Bordeaux region in France, earned his master’s in human resource management from HPU. He graduated from UH-Hilo with a BA in geography and also holds a degree in marketing, management and sales from the University of Bordeaux.
He is married to former Rainbow Wahine soccer standout Joelle Sugai and is also a licensed shiatsu massage therapist.