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College Soccer Coaching Carousal - A Look at the 2020 Coaching Changes

West Virginia, Boston College, George Mason, San Diego State, Boston University, College of Charleston, Harvard, UMKC and Incarnate Word will be under new management in 2020. FIU, Purdue Fort Wayne and Eastern Illinios have not yet announced their new coach.  


West Virginia - The Mountaineers stayed within the West Virginia family with the hire of Dan Stafford as their new head coach. Stafford, who hails from London, England, played collegiate soccer for the Mountaineers from 2004 through 2007 and served as a team captain his senior season.  West Virginia appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times during Stafford's tenure as a collegiate player. He has both an undergraduate degree and a master degree from West Virginia and served as an assistant coach at West Virginia from 2011 through 2013.

Stafford returns to Morgantown after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Charleston from 2014 through 2016 and as the Golden Eagle head coach from 2017 through 2019. He led the Golden Eagles to a 61-4-5 record as the head coach, won the Division II National Title in 2017 and 2019, and the  coaching staff was named the United Soccer Coaches Division II Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017 and 2019. 

Stafford is a player centered coach who views player development, the ability of his players to make good decisions, an environment of trust, the growth of the student athlete, and recruiting players that will be the right fit for the desired culture of the of the program as important ingredients.  It is an additional plus that Stafford was a teammate of West Virginia assistant coaches Andy Wright and Nick Noble who were All-Americans during their playing days at West Virginia and are very knowledgeable and  experienced coaches.

Stafford takes over the reins of the program from Marlon LeBlanc who resigned at the conclusion of the 2019 season. LeBlanc served as the West Virginia head coach for fourteen years during which time the Mountaineers were 138-100-34 and earned six berths in the NCAA Tournament including the 2019 season in which they were 10-9-2, won the Mid-American Conference Tournament, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  


Boston College - When Ed Kelly announced he was retiring after thirty-two seasons as the head coach at Boston College,  he indicated that he hoped that "another Eagle who understands what a special place he Heights is" would assume his role and lead the program to continued success.  Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond accomplished that when announced that Bob Thompson, who came to Chestnut Hill twenty years ago as a student athlete,  would follow Kelly as the Boston College head coach.  

During Kelly's thirty-two year tenure, Boston College was 289-239-67, earned a total of thirteen NCAA Tournament berths, advanced to the Elite Eight in 2002 and 2015, had a total of fourteen double digit seasons, and won conference titles in both the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conferences. 

Thompson played as a midfielder for Boston College from 1999 through 2002 during which time the Eagles won two Big East championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  He was a key element on the 2002 squad that still holds the school single season win record with eighteen victories.  Thompson then played three season of professional soccer including two for the New England Revolution. 

Thompson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Northeastern University in 2007. He then served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Tufts University for two years before returning to Boston College as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2012 and 2013.

Thompson then accepted a position as an assistant coach and later became the associate head coach at UMass Lowell from 2014 through 2017. In 2016 Thompson was recognized by College Soccer News as one of the top twelve assistant coaches in the country.  He returned to his alma mater and served as the associate head coach under Ed Kelly in 2018 and 2019.

Thompson should hit the ground running with plenty of talent to work with.  He will inherit a young team that was 9-6-3 overall last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Boston College had a lot of freshmen, including three members of the All-ACC Freshman Team, in the starting lineup in 2019.  


George Mason - The Patriots made the most high profile and perhaps most unexpected hire when they announced that highly regarded and respected veteran coach Elmar Bolowich would be their new head coach.  Bolowich comes to George Mason with a proven track record of success at the collegiate level at both North Carolina and Creighton.  

Bolowich returns to college soccer after serving as the Boy's DA Technical Director for the Armada Youth Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in 2019.  He was the head coach at the University of North Carolina for twenty-two years during which time the Tar Heels were 280-144-40. Bolowich led North Carolina to fifteen NCAA Tournament appearances, four trips to the College Cup (Final Four) and won the program's first national championship in 2001. He left Chapel Hill to accept the head coaching job at Creighton at the conclusion of the 2010 season.  Bolowich was the head coach at Creighton for eight years (2011 through 2018) leading the Bluejays to a 115-40-17 overall record, six berths in the NCAA Tournament, and two trips to the College Cup.

Bolowich takes over the leadership role at George Mason from Greg Andrulis who resigned as the Patriots head coach after fifteen seasons at the helm of the program with a 124-114-39 overall record, two conference championships, and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament with the most recent  in 2014. 

George Mason has had success at times but Bolowich who has never shied away from a challenge has some rebuilding and catching up to do since he takes over a program that was 4-12-1 last year with a 3-5-0 mark and seventh place finish in the Atlantic 10.

Bolowich stated, "We want soccer at George Mason to rise to a nationally competitive level and we want to create a soccer culture on campus." He added, "I look forward to this challenge and I'm ready to get going."  


San Diego State - Ryan Hopkins was named the fourth head coach in San Diego State history taking over the reins of the program from veteran Lev Kirshner who had served as the Aztec head coach for twenty seasons during which time his teams were 142-179-57 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2016.  

Hopkins comes to San Diego State after spending two highly successful seasons as an assistant coach under George Gelnovatch at the University of Virginia. Before that he served as an assistant coach at Denver for five years  under Bobby Muuss and then Jamie Franks during which time the Pioneers won four Summit League regular season and tournament titles and secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament four times. His resume also includes serving as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 2012, as an assistant coach at Cal Poly from 2009 through 2011, and at his alma mater Concordia from 2009 through 2011.

Hopkins played collegiate soccer at Concordia where he was a four-year starter in goal from 2000 through 2004 and a two-time All-America selection.

College Soccer News recognized Hopkins as one of the Top Twelve Assistant Coaches in the country in three out of the last four seasons. It is a plus that he has been associated with successful programs and knows firsthand what it takes to succeed at the highest level.  He has been given high marks by Gelnovatch, Franks, and Muuss for his passion for the game, work ethic, and commitment to developing student athletes. 

Hopkins stated, "It is a dream to come home to California and lead a Pac-12 soccer program.  San Diego State provides a great platform for our student-athletes to excel in the classroom, on the field and in the community.  I look forward to helping them find the best versions of themselves everyday as we continue to push the program to new heights."

Hopkins will have his work cut out for him as he faces the very real and daunting challenge of moving the Aztecs upward in the hierarchy of the highly competitive Pac-12 Conference where the margin for error is very slim. Last year San Diego State was 4-12-2 overall with a 1-9-0 mark in conference play.


Boston University - It is tough to follow someone like Neil Roberts who has been the face of Boston University soccer for a long time but that is the task new head coach Kevin Nylen faces.

Roberts retired at the conclusion of the 2019 season after serving as the Terrier head coach and an ambassador for college soccer for the past thirty-five years.  During that thirty-five year span Boston University was 367-218-93, secured nineteen conference and regular season tournament titles, and earned fifteen invites to the NCAA Tournament. 

Nylen who is from Ipswich, Massachusetts looks to be a good fit for Boston University. He comes to BU  after serving as the head coach at FIU for three seasons during which time the Panthers were 29-15-9. In 2017 Nylen was named the CUSA Coach of the Year after FIU was 12-2-4, won the program's first ever regular season conference title,  and was awarded a berth in the NCAA Tournament.   

Nylen played collegiate soccer as a defender for St. Anselm College from 1999 through 2002 and was the team captain his senior season.  He then had a six-year professional career playing with the Wilmington Hammerheads for three seasons and the Charleston Battery for three years.   

Nylen began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Amherst College in 2009 followed by two seasons as an assistant coach at Boston College in 2010 and 2011. He then served as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at FIU from 2012 through 2015. Nylen left FIU to serve as the chief scout for the Orlando City SC Development Academy in 2016 before accepting the head coaching job in 2017.  

Nylen inherits a Boston University team that was 4-12-1 with a 3-6-0 mark in Patriot League play in 2019. The Terriers didn't qualify for the six team Patriot League tournament last year for the first time in six years.


Harvard - Josh Shapiro assumes the head coaching job at Harvard after ten very successful seasons as the head coach at Division III Tufts where his teams were 126-37-28, appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times,  and were national champions in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Shapiro took over a program at Tufts in 2010 that had won only two games the previous two seasons and led them to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2012.

Shapiro was a four-year letterman at Middlebury College and was a team captain as a senior in 1997. He was an assistant coach at Lafayette in 2003, George Mason in 2004 and American University in 2005 before serving as an assistant coach at Georgetown from 2006 through 2009. 

Shapiro has a successful track record of putting in place a winning culture. His focus at Tufts included  the creation of a team oriented culture,  a solid work ethic, a culture of continual improvement,  and a focus on team oriented goals.  His teams at Tufts attacked but they were also very effective on the defensive side of the ball.

Shapiro takes over the reins of the program from Peter Lehrer who had a 42-58-13 record during seven seasons as the Crimson head coach. 

Shapiro faces the challenge of bringing about improvement on both sides of the ball as he inherits a program at Harvard that last year scored eight goals while allowing forty-seven in route to a 0-14-1 overall record.  


College of Charleston - The Chris Wiggins era will begin in 2020 at the College of Charleston. Wiggins assumed the leadership of the program after Ralph Lundy who has been synonymous with College of Charleston soccer for a long time retired at the conclusion of the 2019 seasons after thirty-three seasons at the helm of the program.  During Lundy's tenure the Cougars were 323-277-53, earned five conference championships,  and made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament field.

Wiggins played college soccer for the College of Charleston from 2000 through 2004 where he was a three-year starter in goal and a two-time All-Southern Conference and All-South Region selection. He holds the program record for career goals against average, wins, shutouts, and saves.  He then played seven years for the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League. 

Wiggins began his coaching career as an assistant coach at West Virginia for two seasons. He then returned  to the College of Charleston where he served as an assistant coach under Lundy for nine seasons and as the Associate Head Coach in 2018 and 2019.

Wiggins will seek to put his stamp on the program in 2020 as he takes over a team that was 2-12-2 overall with a 1-6-1 record in Southern Conference play last year. 


University of Missouri-Kansas City - Ryan Pore was named the new head coach at UMKC after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa from 2013 through 2016 and as the Associate Head Coach from 2017 through 2019 under head coach Tom McIntosh.   

Pore had a banner career as a collegiate player at Tulsa from 2002 through 2004 where he was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-American.  Pore was the top goal scorer in the country as a senior in 2004. He then played professional soccer for seven years including four seasons with Sporting Kansas City.

Pore takes over the leadership of the program from veteran Rick Benben who retired at the conclusion of the 2019 season after twenty-two years at the helm of the program during which time the Roos were 148-212-42, won seven conference championships, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2001, 2003, and 2008.

Pore takes over a team that was 6-11-0 last year and that will begin play in the Summit League in 2020.


University of Incarnate Word - Kika Lara returns to his alma mater Incarnate Word as the head coach after serving as the head coach at Eastern Illinois University for five years during which time his teams were 20-53-13.  Prior to that he was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton from 2009 through 2014 and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013 for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Lara played at Incarnate Word from 2001-2003 during which time the team earned berths in the NCAA Division II NCAA Tournament in 2002 and 2003 and had a cumulative record of 58-15-6. He then played professional soccer from 2004 through 2008.

Lara comes to UIW with high marks from former coaches amd will seek to leverage the experience he has gained as a player and a coach at Dayton and Eastern Illinois to make a positive impact on the program at UIW.

Lara replaces Chris Fidler who served as the programs interim head coach in 2018 and 2019 and as an assistant coach for five seasons prior to that. Incarnate Word was 5-12-0 with a 2-9-0 record in WAC play in 2019.


Momentum Builds for a Change in the Division I Men's College Soccer Season

January 15, 2020 - The concept for a change in the time frame of the college soccer season is not a new one but it is a change whose time may have arrived. Proponents of the change have been facing an uphill battle for many years but recently the change appears to be gaining momentum. The proposed change, C-2019-90, is sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference, and the Pac-12 Conference.

If you are not aware of the change proposed, the reason for it, and the obstacles it faces - now is a good time to learn a little more about it.

The proposal which is currently before the NCAA would change the college soccer season from the current fall time frame to an academic year season that would consist of fall and spring segments.  

The current fall season is a one term approach that begins in late August and ends in mid-December with the NCAA Tournament title match.

Under C-2019-90 the fall season would get underway around the end of August and would consist of twelve weeks of practice and play with up to fourteen contests. The fall segment would conclude no later than Thanksgiving Day. There would then be a break from the later part of November through the later part of February. The spring segment of the season would then get underway in late February or early March and would consist of ten weeks of play with up to nine contests. The spring segment of the season would conclude with the NCAA Tournament which would begin in early May.

Under the proposal the fall segment could include no more than two midweek games and the spring segment no more than one midweek game. The season would consist of twenty-three games. The total number of days in the season would not change. In other words, it would keep the current twenty-two week and 132 day time frame for playing and practice sessions. .   

Proponents of the change point out that injury related data supports the position that the current fall season compresses too many contests into too short a time frame which increases the likelihood of injury. By redistributing the playing and practice time into two segments, student athletes would be much less likely to sustain the types of injuries that are attributed to the wear and tear that can result from two contests in a week and the grind of playing a total of twenty-five contests in a relatively short time frame.

Advocates also point out that the two-segment season within the academic year will provide student athletes with additional time to focus on academics.

In addition, under the redistributed season, the NCAA Championship (Final Four) would be played in May instead of mid-December when weather conditions are almost always less than desirable. This would enhance the NCAA Tournament experience for participants and it is highly likely that it would enhance attendance and increase the exposure of college soccer. No data is required to support this viewpoint. Anyone who has had a child or grandchild play recreation soccer is fully aware of the drawbacks of playing or watching a soccer match when temperatures are frigid.   

The proposal was recently unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed in a letter to the NCAA Division I Council that was signed by Maryland head coach Sasho Ciroviki, Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch, Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn, St. John’s head coach Dave Masur, Connecticut head coach Ray Reid, North Carolina head coach Carlos Somoano, Pittsburgh head coach Jay Vidovich, UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim Vom Steeg, and Indiana University head coach Todd Yeagley. Other head coaches have also expressed their support for the change.

It seems foolish to discount the viewpoint and years of experience of these individuals. It is clear that the support that they have expressed for the proposal is not based on the belief that it will give their programs some sort of competitive advantage but on the sincere belief that it is in the best interest of college soccer and the well-being of college athletes and their life as college students.      

College Soccer News has found over the years that thoughts and viewpoints regarding the primary role of college soccer vary among individuals, including those who write for us, which in turn impacts the way in which they measure the success of college soccer.  Some focus more on the role of college soccer in developing players for the professional level. Others focus more on the impact, the value, and the growth it has for the vast majority of individuals who play college soccer but don’t seek to play professionally.  While our viewpoint is more aligned with what is best for the vast majority of student athletes, we recognize the merit and the importance of developing the skills of those players who seek to play professionally. It is our viewpoint that the proposed switch to a redistributed season with fall and spring segments will benefit both the development of players who seek to play professionally as well as the vast majority who will not.  In other words, the proposal will be good for the sport across the board. 

College athletics are deeply ingrained in the culture of our nation. The environment around all college sports changes incrementally overtime. However, structural or legislative related change does not occur overnight in any college sport. For example, those who have been around for a while know that when initially presented there was resistance in college basketball to the adoption of a shot clock and the implementation of a three-point shot.  Those changes only came about when it was accepted that college basketball had evolved to the point that they were warranted.

The rule changes in college football to reduce the risk of concussions and other injuries related to initial contact with the crown of the helmet (spearing) evolved over time based on injury related data and the acceptance of the fact that change was needed to protect players from serious injury. 

It is unlikely that college soccer will ever enjoy the popularity of football or basketball or produce the level of revenue that they do. Nonetheless it makes sense to give serious thought to the fact that college soccer has evolved as well and that the change proposed will enhance the college soccer experience, improve the level of play, and reduce the occurrence of soft tissue injuries to hamstrings and groins that tend to result from fatigue and require rest.   

Major legislative change in any arena almost always only occurs when there is, for lack of a better word, bipartisan support. In the case of college soccer bipartisan in our view means that the chances of implementation of the proposal are much greater if it is supported by coaches as well as athletic directors, by the larger conferences as well as the mid-major conferences, by the traditional powerhouses in college soccer as well as those programs that are not, and last but not least any major change has to be financially feasible for large as well as small programs. 

It should be noted that the proposed change in the time frame of the season could present logistical challenges for some programs due to the overlap it might cause in the use of facilities. There also may be other issues or legitimate concerns that we are not aware of but it is hoped that they can be worked through and resolved without jeopardizing the existence of any college soccer program. It would also appear that the cooperation of the MLS would be needed to shift the time of their annual draft from the month of January to the conclusion of the spring season so that the draft would not take place until after the completion of the fall and spring segments.

The proposed effective date of the change is August 1, 2022 in order to provide time to make the necessary adjustments to transition to a segmented season.   

Expect to hear and learn more about the proposal as it is vetted over the next few months and then likely voted upon by the NCAA in April 2020.


Top Assistant Coaches 2019 - Fifteen Who Are Difference Makers

Jaunary 9, 2020 - College Soccer News annually seeks to recognize assistant coaches across the country who are excelling at their work. The 2019 honorees include several familiar faces as well as a few new faces. In making these selections, we acknowledge up-front that some very deserving assistant coaches will not be included as is always the case when individuals are singled out for recogniation. It should be noted that our current selections take into consideration team success on the field of play in 2019 with additional weight given to consistent success over multilple seasons. 

There are many excellent assistant coaches in the collegiate ranks across the nation who have a positive impact on college soccer and player development. The very best are effective teachers, communcators, motivators, recruiters, and ambassadors for their respective programs. Some, but not necessarily all, aspire to become a head coach at some point. All seek to make a positive contribution in their current role. 

Assistant coaches recognized in past years by College Soccer News who are now head coaches include Kevin Grimes at California, Cameron Rast at Santa Clara, Bill Irwin formerly at Portlant, Robert McCourt at Monmouth, Bobby Muuss at Wake Forest, Mike Jacobs formerly at Evansville, Todd Yeagley at Indiana, Jesse Cormier at FGCU, Kelly Findley at Liberty, Erik Ronning at Colgate, Brian Wiese at Georgetown, Darren Powell formerly at Elon, Damon Rensing at Michigan State, Jamie Clark at Washington, Kevin Anderson at Columbia, Sean Phillips at UIC, Eric Pogue at Oakland, Ralph Polston formerly at Wofford, Scott Calabrese at UCF, Brad Ruzzo at Mercer, Andy Fleming at Xavier, Carlos Somoano at North Carolina, Ryan Anatol at Stony Brook, Johan Cedergren at Kentucky, Jared Embick at Akron, Chris Volk formerly at UC Irvine, Kylie Stannard at Yale, Mario Sanchez formerly at SIUE, Nick Carlin-Voight at Portland, John Murphy at Georgia Southern, Brian Maisonneuve at Ohio State, Brian Rowland at Temple, Brian Gill at Penn, Zach Samol at American, Johnny Torres at Creighton, Leonard Griffin at San Francisco. 

Matt Chulis

Virgnia 

Chulis has been a member of the coaching staff at Virginia for fifteen years and has served as the Associate Head Coach since 2010 under head coach George Gelnovatch. The Cavaliers have been in the NCAA Tournament field every year that Chulis has been a member of the coaching staff and have advanced to the College Cup five times including the 2019 season in which they were 21-2-1 overall and played in the national final. Chulis had an outstanding career as a player at Virginia from 1996 through 1998. He was a three-time All-America selection and was named the National Defender of the Year in 1998. Chulis holds a USSF "A" coaching license. 

Mike Casper

Georgetown

Casper joined the coaching staff at Georgetown under head coach Brian Wiese in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach at Northwestern in 2018 under Tim Lenahan. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Bobby Clark for three seasons and was the head coach at Saint Francis (Pa.) from 2007 through 2014 where he had a 71-61-21 record. Casper played college soccer at UMBC during which time the Retrievers were 54-19-11. He has an A License from the United State Soccer Federation and an advanced regional diploma from the United Soccer Coaches.  Georgetown had a banner season in 2019 winning the program’s first ever national championship with a program best 20-1-3 record while claiming both the Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles.    

Jason Hotaling

UC Davis

Hotaling has been an assistant coach at UC Davis for a total of fifteen years under Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer and has served as the Associate Head Coach since 2014. Shaffer stated, “Jason has been on my staff for many years, working his way up from a volunteer assistant to associate head coach.” Hotaling has played a key role in developing several top-notch Aggie goalkeepers including most recently Willis Lapsley whose stellar career included being named the 2019 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year and a 2019 Scholar All-American. UC Davis had a banner season in 2019 in which they won the Big West Tournament Title and were awarded the number fourteen seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies finished the season ranked among the top twenty-five teams in the country in both the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News Polls. Hataling played collegiate soccer at Santa Rosa Junior College and Chico State and has an Advanced national coaching license and a National goalkeeper license with the NSCAA. 

Paul Souders

UCF

Souders became a member of the Knights coaching staff under head coach Scott Calabrese in 2016 and was named Associate Head Coach in 2018. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at New Mexico for nine years including seven seasons as the Associate Head Coach under head coach Jeremy Fishbein. He was twice named the Far West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year while at New Mexico and was part of several very successful Lobo teams. Souders was an assistant coach at Dayton for three years before coming to New Mexico. Souders played collegiate soccer for Clemson. UCF was a program best 15-3-2 in 2019. The Knights claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season title and a berth in the NCAA Tourney for the second year in a row, they were awarded a number nine seed, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. 

Phil Jones

Clemson

Jones has been a member of the coaching staff at Clemson under head coach Mike Noonan for ten seasons and has served in the capacity of Associate Head Coach since 2012. He serves as the primary recruiting coordinator and is involved in daily training sessions and scouting among other duties. He was an assistant coach at Brown University under Noonan in 2009. Jones played for Wigan Athletic Football Club, a Premier League team in England. He also played played college soccer for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach. Jones has a UEFA B-License and a Premier Coaching Diploma. Clemson had an outstanding 2019 season with an 18-2-2 overall record. The Tigers were awarded the number two seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight. 

John Mark Andrade

Providence

Andrade has been a member of the coaching staff at Providence for eleven seasons and served as the Associate Head Coach under head coach Craig Steward since the 2013 campaign. He was the head coach at Dean College for one year before joining the staff at Providence. Andrade was a four-year starter at Syracuse and an All-Big East and All-Northeast Region selection in 2000 and 2001. He has been actively involved in developing youth soccer at Bayside FC in East Providence and worked with the Rhode Island ODP. Providence has had a winning season in nine of the eleven seasons that Andrade has been on staff. The Friars were 16-7-0 in 2019 with a 6-3-0 mark in Big East Conference play. They were awarded a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2016 and defeated NJIT and Penn State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. 

Jeff Rowland

Washington

Rowland has been a member of the coaching staff at Washington under head coach Jamie Clark since 2011 and has served as the Associate Head Coach since 2011. Rowland's resume includes serving as an assistant coach at Creighton in 2010 and as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard under Clark in 2009. He played college soccer for New Mexico where he was a two-time All-America selection and a prolific goal scorer. As a senior in 2005, he was a vital ingredient in the Lobo team that advanced to the College Cup.  Rowland then played in the MLS for Real Lake and FC Dallas. Washington has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in nine of the eleven seasons that Rowland has been on staff including the 2013 and 2019 teams that advanced to the Elite Eight. The Huskies were 14-4-0 in 2019 and claimed the Pac-12 Conference title with an 8-2-0 mark in league play. 

Oige Kennedy

Stanford 

Kennedy has been a member of the coaching staff at Stanford under head coach Jeremy Gunn for five seasons and has served in the capacity of Associate Head Coach for three years. Before Stanford he was the head coach at Fort Lewis from 2009 through 2015 where he had a 102-37-9 overall record and secured two NSCAA Division II National Championships.  His playing experience includes four seasons at the professional level in Europe and several seasons for Ireland's youth national teams where we was a team captain.  Kennedy's main focus has been on developing the Cardinal goalkeepers and on the play on the defensive side of the ball.  Andrew Epstein (2016), Nico Corti (2017) and Andrew Thomas (2018 and 2019) are among the highly regarded Cardinal netminders Kennedy has mentored. Stanford had another stellar season in 2019 during which they were 14-3-5 overall and advanced to the College Cup for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Scott Buete

Maryland 

Buete joined the coaching staff at Maryland in 2014 under head coach Sasho Cirovski.  He has utilized his experience as a player at Maryland and the knowledge gained during his tenure to date as a member of the coaching staff to help develop and mentor the Terp players. Buete is a former All-American and was a three-year captain at Maryland under Cirovski  from 2001 through 2003. The Terps have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament during each of the years that he has been a member of the staff and won the National Championship in 2018. Maryland was 11-8-2 in 2019 and secured a double-digit win season for the twenty-sixth consecutive season.  

Ryan Hopkins

Virginia 

Hopkins joined the coaching staff at Virginia under head coach George Gelnovatch in 2018 after serving as an assistant at Denver for five seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Wisconsin for a single season, at Cal Poly for four season, and at Concordia University for four seasons.  Hopkins played college soccer at Concordia where he was a four-year starter in goal and twice named an NAIA All-American.  He holds a USSF A License and a USSF National Goalkeeping License. While at Denver Hopkins mentored and developed several top notch goalkeepers including Nick Gardner who was named the 2016 Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year. Colin Shutler, the starter in goal at Virginia for the past two seasons, was a 2019 First Team All-American with fifteen shutouts and a 0.53 goals against average. The Cavaliers had an outstanding 2019 season in which they were 21-2-1, won the ACC Championship, and advanced to the national championship match. 

David Janezic

St. John's 

Janezic joined the coaching staff at St. John's as an assistant coach under head coach Dr. Dave Masur in 2017. Prior to that he served for a year as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson under the guidance of head coach Seth Roland. His resume also includes serving as an assistant coach at NJIT for three seasons and as the head coach at Brookdale Community College in 2012. Janezic played college soccer at Monmouth from 1992 through 1996 were he was a team captain. He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Monmouth in 1997. A relatively young St. John's squad had a very productive 2019 season during  which they were 14-5-1 overall, returned to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since the 2013 season, were awarded the number sixteen seed, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  

Steve Armas

Wake Forest

The 2019 season was Armas' fifth as a member of the coaching staff at Wake Forest under head coach Bobby Muuss.  He became an Associate Head Coach prior to the 2018 season.  Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Campbell from 2006 through 2009 and the head coach from 2010 through 2014. Armas also served as an assistant coach for Greensboro College and the Carolina Dynamo in the PDL.  He played college soccer at Maryland from 1996 through 1998 where he was a team captain. Armas has been part of a program at Wake Forest that leads the country in wins over the past five years with an 89-16-9 overall record.  The Demon Deacons were 16-5-2 in 2019, they were the number four seed in the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the College Cup for the second time in the past five years. 

Jeff Negalha

NC State

Negalha joined the coaching staff at NC State as the Associate Head Coach in 2017 under head coach George Kiefer.  Negalha was an assistant coach under Kiefer at the University of South Florida from 2003 through 2005. He subsequently served as the top assistant coach at the University of North Carolina for nine seasons and was on the staff at Pittsburgh and Boston College before coming to Raleigh to work with Kiefer again. Negalha has served NC State well on the recruiting trail and has been a part of the resurgence of a program that in 2019 earned its third consecutive invite to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985-1987. Over the past three years the Wolfpack have made their presence known in the ACC and on the national scene. 

Jason Osborne

Charlotte

 

Osborne completed his eighth season as a member of the Charlotte coaching staff and third as the Associate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Kevin Langan in 2019. He is also active in youth soccer serving as the Boys' Director of Coaching for F.C. Carolina Alliance since 2009. Osborne also has been a member of North Carolina's Olympic Development Program coaching staff for multiple years.  He was the  Associate Head Coach at Gardner-Webb University from 2005 through 2008. Osborne played college soccer for Stetson University from 2001 through 2004 were he was an All-Atlantic Sun selection for four seasons. Charlotte was 12-4-4 in 2019 with a 4-0-3 mark in CUSA play. The 49ers have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament seven out of the last eight seasons while sporting a healthy 98-38-24 overall record. 

Tommy McMenemy

Michigan 

McMenemy jointed the coaching staff at Michigan in 2012 under the direction of Wolverine head coach Chaka Daley. In 2018 he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. McMenemy serves as the recruiting coordinator at Michigan and is involved in all aspects of coaching including the organization and implementation of daily training sessions. Before coming to Michigan, McMenemy gained valuable experience as an assistant coach at Columbia University for six seasons.  He played collegiate soccer for Columbia where he was a two-time All-Ivy First Team selection and an All-American and team captain as a senior in 2003. Michigan had a double digit win season in 2019 for the third year in a row and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. The Wolverines were award the number thirteen seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.