Michigan Introduces Napoli as New Assistant Coach

Feb. 18, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan announced Thursday (Feb. 18) the hiring of Angela Napoli as an assistant coach. Napoli comes to Michigan after spending the 2009 season as the head coach for the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team. With the addition of Napoli along with associate head coach Dean Duerst, all three Wolverine coaches boast Division I head coaching experience.

"We are very excited to have Angie Napoli joining our staff," Ryan said. "I feel like she was a needle in a hay stack, finding a great goalkeeper coach who can be with our keepers all the time was the primary goal of this search. To find a young woman with 10 years of experience in the Division I game who has coached alongside some very, very, talented coaches in John Daly from William & Mary and Jim Rudy from UMass -- I think we got a lot more than we even hoped for."

Napoli joins the Wolverine coaching staff with eight years of assistant coaching experience and one season as head coach for UMass. A former standout goalkeeper for the Minutewomen, Napoli took over the UMass program from longtime coach Jim Rudy on an interim basis and guided the squad to a 6-11-2 record during the 2009 season.

Prior to being named head coach, Napoli had served on the UMass coaching staff as an assistant coach for four years and posted a 34-30-6 record.

Before rejoining her alma mater, Napoli gained four years of experience as an assistant coach at three separate schools. She spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach at Albany, specifically working with the goalkeepers. Napoli worked for William & Mary as an assistant coach for two years, guiding the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2003) and capturing a Colonial Athletic Association title in 2003. She spent her first year of coaching as an assistant coach at Colorado during the 2001 season.

Napoli graduated in 2000 from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Sport Management. She was a four-year letterwinner in goal for Minutewomen (1996-99), ranking seventh all-time in career shutouts (13) and saves (159). Napoli played for the New England Mutiny in 2003, leading them to the WPSL semifinals.

Napoli takes over for Lene Terp, who opted to return to a teaching career in her native Denmark after a one-year stint with the Wolverines.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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