Maria is an alumni from SJEB, playing from 2003-2008. In that time, her team was ranked top 5 in New Jersey and made it to the Super Y-League Nationals in Tampa, Florida. Maria was also picked to attend the Super Y- League National Training Camp in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Along with SJEB, Maria played for the U-15, U-16, and U-17 NJ ODP teams. She attended Regional Camp (Region 1) all three years in Rhode Island.
Coach Maria Grady attended Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Newfield, NJ) for high school from 2004-2008. While at OLMA, she set the school record for career goals with 86. Maria was an All-South Jersey Non-Public B First Team pick as well as Cape Atlantic League National Conference First Team all 4 years at OLMA. As a junior, Grady received the prestigious honor of Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year from the Daily Journal of Vineland, NJ.
She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science (2008-2012). As a sophomore, she converted in the seventh round of a PK shootout in the NJAC Championship to lift the Lions to the conference title over Stockton University. In that same season, Maria helped lead the Lions to the 2009 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas but ultimately fell 1-0 to Messiah College in the semifinals. In her 4 years at TCNJ, the Lions helped Coach Joe Russo reach his 400th career win, won 3 NJAC Championships as well making it to the NCAA tournament each year.
Maria also became an assistant girls soccer varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Holy Cross Academy (Delran, NJ) from 2014-2016. While there, she helped coach the girls to a South Jersey Non-Public A State Championship.
At the collegiate level, Maria served as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Bucks County Community College for the Fall 2018 season. In her inaugural season, she was able to coach the women to the program's first ever NJCAA Region 19 District C Championship game. Not only did the Centurions finish the season undefeated in conference play, they also broke five of seven team records that were set in years prior; Most Wins in a Season, Most Goals in a Single Game, Most Goals in a Season, Most Goals Per game (Average), as well as Best Record/Win Percentage. Along with the record breaking season, Coach Maria had 4 of her players receive All-Region 19 Honors as well as one player who was voted to be the EPAC Player of the Year.
Currently, Coach Maria is an Assistant Coach at Rowan College of South Jersey- Gloucester. In the 2019 season, Maria helped the Roadrunners get to the NJCAA Region 19 Championship, like she did with Bucks, but this time, the team pulled off a win and punched their ticket to the 2019 NJCAA National Championship Tournament. This team also generated another All-American Player for the program.