April 13, 2018
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DENVER – Former University of Denver men’s soccer assistant coach Levi Rossi has been named the new assistant for the women’s soccer program, 27th-year head coach Jeff Hooker announced on Friday. Rossi takes the full-time assistant position from former assistant Katie Hooker, who will serve in a volunteer role in 2018.
“With Levi, we’re first and foremost getting a quality person with a lot of integrity that we obviously know really well,” Jeff Hooker said. “We’re getting a coach that played college soccer at a high level down at New Mexico. We expect him to be able to hit the ground running with his local knowledge and his understanding of the soccer landscape in the state. Having prior experience on Jamie’s (Franks) staff is very valuable with being able to jump in right away with recruiting, player management, travel and team structure. We couldn’t be happier to add Levi to our staff.”
Rossi spent four seasons with the men’s program overall, serving as a volunteer in 2014 before spending his last three years as an assistant under head coach Jamie Franks. Following his promotion in 2015, Rossi helped guide the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s first College Cup in its history in 2016.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity to join Jeff, Kris and the program as an assistant coach,” Rossi said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have already been close to this team during the last four years, so I already know the staff and most of the players, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can contribute to help continue to grow the program and its winning tradition. I really want to thank Jamie Franks for the opportunity he gave me to start my coaching career in his program, and I hope to be able to apply what I learned from him to my new position with the women’s team.”
In 2015, the Pioneers finished the regular season as the only unbeaten team in the country with a 15-0-3 record and spent seven-straight weeks in the top-10 of the national rankings. The 2016 men’s soccer staff earned National Coaching Staff of the Year honors after guiding the Pioneers all the way to the national semifinals in Houston. Denver finished in the top-10 in the country in seven statistical categories in 2016 and became the first program since Clemson in 1977-78 to finish unbeaten in consecutive regular seasons. Following a perfect regular season in the Summit League in 2017, the Pioneers dropped an 11-round penalty kick shootout at Omaha in the Summit League Final, finishing 11-6-2 on the year.
Prior to joining the Pioneers, Rossi had a standout career at New Mexico where he played both forward and midfield. A Denver native, Rossi played his high school soccer at Regis Jesuit, leading the Red Raiders to the state finals in 2008.
Kris Peat will begin the 11th season of his second stint with the women’s soccer program in 2018, including his sixth season as the program’s associate head coach.
Denver opens its home spring slate on Saturday when the Pioneers welcome Northern Colorado to the University of Denver Soccer Stadium at 10 a.m. MT. The Pioneers will then host Air Force Tuesday at 6 p.m. MT before taking a road trip to Colorado Mesa for two matches in as many days April 21-22. Denver will close out its spring with an Alumni Game on April 28 at 12 p.m. MT.
Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:
In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to: Athletics Development Office
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