PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 5, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s soccer program announced Tuesday the addition of former Scarlet Knight Tricia DiPaolo to its staff as a volunteer assistant coach. DiPaolo, a four-year captain and seven-year player for RU, overcame numerous injuries and served as an integral part of the Scarlet Knights’ success in her career.
“I am so excited to have someone of her experience on staff,” said head coach Mike O’Neill. “Trish is all about Rutgers and so is her family. She brings so much experience to the program as a collegiate player and as a professional. She will be a great role model to our players because she knows what it takes to be successful at this level.”
DiPaolo’s experience includes time at the club, high school, college and professional levels. This past year, DiPaolo earned a spot as a back on Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She has served as a student assistant coach since 2007 at the Rutgers University Soccer Youth Camps, providing training and instruction throughout camp sessions.
Further, DiPaolo has six years of experience with East Brunswick Girls Soccer as a trainer under head coach Eddy Lam. In her role, DiPaolo designs and executes practice sessions.
In 2011, DiPaolo worked as an assistant strength and conditioning intern at Lake Highland Prepatory High School in Orlando, Fla. While there, she conducted training sessions incorporating weight lifting, speed and agility-specific soccer drills.
“I’m really excited to continue to be a part of the Rutgers program,” DiPaolo said. “It’s a great group of girls, great staff and I’m learning so much from everybody. Especially with making the move into the Big Ten and all of my Rutgers pride I’m very happy with this opportunity.”
DiPaolo tied for third in Rutgers history with 85 matches played for her career and was the unheralded leader of the squad since the 2010 season. Initially a forward, DiPaolo closed her career as the leader in the backfield for Rutgers and ended her time in Scarlet with four goals and nine assists.
The Sparta, N.J., native earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sport management from Rutgers in May of 2011 and went on to finish her master’s degree in human resource management “On the Banks” in 2013.
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