Monmouth pegs Rizzo to lead Women’s soccer
January 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan
As Coach McNamara rides off into the sunset, Nick Rizzo is set to become the 4th head coach in the 22-year history of the women’s soccer program. Rizzo comes to Monmouth after three collegiate coaching stops, with his most recent stop being Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.
“When we first heard the news of getting a new coach for this upcoming season, we were beyond excited,” said senior Andrea Correa. “Having a new coach is going to give our team a new opportunity to push ourselves beyond our limits. This means we will be pursuing our goal to get into the conference tournament once again like in the past years.”
Not only does Monmouth’s new head coach come with collegiate coaching experience, Rizzo has also appeared as a player in four NCAA tournaments and coached in another. During his playing career at Loras College, Rizzo was a four-year starter and was named to the all-conference team three times.
Rizzo made his first coaching stop at Loras upon graduation. Rizzo later moved to Aurora University where he would become an assistant coach while pursuing his master’s degree.
Following the completion of his master’s at Aurora University, Rizzo accepted an assistant coaching job with Saint Mary’s University before coming to Monmouth.
“His experiences playing and coaching in the NCAA Tournament can’t be duplicated,” said director of athletics Roger Haynes. “He’s an experienced college recruiter in the Midwest. He understands what it takes to recruit today’s student-athletes.”
The Scots will not have to worry about their academic performance suffering with the arrival of a new head coach. Rizzo’s previous stops will help him keep the strong academic tradition of the Women’s Soccer team here at Monmouth College.
While at Aurora University, Rizzo supervised the academic progress of the Spartan athletes and held the titles of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Rizzo held the same titles during his tenure at Saint Mary’s.
“Nick has the right combination of experience as a coach and recruiter that we were looking for,” said Haynes. “Nick has an excellent understanding of how to balance all facets of Division III athletics and academics. I’m sure he’ll continue the women’s soccer tradition of maintaining high academic and athletic standards for years to come.”
Rizzo was officially hired in early January of this year. The young coach will begin his duties immediately as Rizzo and the Scots look to rebound from last year, and gain entry to the NCAA tournament next season.