Dartmouth Looking for New Soccer Coach
Former Dartmouth College women's soccer coach Theresa Romagnolo watches the Big Green take on Maine in a Sept. 21, 2013 game at Burnham Field. The former Stanford assistant was 25-22-3 during three seasons at the program's helm. Valley News - Tris Wykes Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — Dartmouth College is searching for a head women’s soccer coach for the second time in a little more than three years. The school posted an online ad for the job Wednesday on an NCAA website and previous coach Theresa Romagnolo’s biography was no longer available on the Big Green athletics website Wednesday night.
Romagnolo, athletic director Harry Sheehy, deputy director of athletics Bob Ceplikas and director of athletic communications Rick Bender did not respond to messages Wednesday night.
Dartmouth’s ad specifies that preferred candidates will have at least six years of college coaching experience and a master’s degree.
Romagnolo was 25-22-3 overall and 12-9 in Ivy League play at Dartmouth. She inherited a program that had gone 7-7-2 (4-2-1 Ivy) in 2010, then posted records of 4-12, 13-4 and 8-6-3. Her second Big Green squad posted the second-highest winning percentage in program history, finished second in the Ivies and narrowly missed the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2005.
Romagnolo became the 10th coach in Dartmouth’s 35-year women’s soccer history in February of 2011. Five of those coaches have stayed on the job three or fewer years.
Romagnolo was previously a Stanford assistant for three years, helping the Cardinals go 70-4-3 and twice advance to the national title game during that span. Romagnolo was a University of San Diego assistant from 2003-07, a professional player for three seasons and helped the University of Washington win its first Pac-10 title as a senior in 2000.
Dartmouth’s soccer programs have experienced coaching turnover in recent years. Sixth-year women’s coach Angie Hind departed in 2010 after going 54-38-8 with three runner-up finishes in league play. Hind, who returned to her native Scotland, was recently named women’s soccer coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Last April, 12th-year men’s head soccer coach Jeff Cook left Dartmouth for a job with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. He exited with a 106-74-31 record, five Ivy titles and seven NCAA tournament appearances. Big Green assistant Chad Riley was promoted to replace Cook and the team was 6-7-4 (1-6 Ivy) last fall.
Dartmouth men’s assistant Chase Wileman departed after the 2013 season, as has women’s assistant Brittany Cameron. Wileman is now an assistant at Kentucky, where head coach Johan Cedergren is also a former Big Green assistant.
The women’s team’s remaining assistants are Kelly Kuss, in her fourth year in the position and a former Colgate player and 2006 graduate of that school, and recently-hired goalkeepers coach Grace Barnard, a 2011 graduate of William and Mary and a former NCAA Division II assistant at Le Moyne (N.Y.) College.
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