DURHAM, N.H. – Sam Lopes has been hired as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer head coach effective immediately as announced Tuesday by Athletics Director Marty Scarano, who also served as chairperson of the search committee.
"We are excited to announce the hiring of Sam Lopes as our head coach for women's soccer," Scarano said. "Sam is a bright, knowledgeable, promising young coach who has put his time in at the assistant level. He shares a great vision for our program and is going to be relentless in establishing a soccer program of distinction at UNH."
"This search has been a very thoughtful and thorough process and I want to commend the search committee on their dedication in identifying just the right person for this program. We know as soon as Sam starts we will be headed in a new exciting direction with a real sense of urgency," he added.
Lopes, who has over 11 years of women's soccer coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level, has a broad-based coaching résumé including, most recently, serving as the top assistant at BIG EAST member Providence College.
"I am both excited and honored to accept the head coach position at the University of New Hampshire," Lopes said. "I would like to thank Marty Scarano, the search committee and the entire athletic department for allowing me the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at this great institution. I am humbled by their trust in my leadership and together we will build upon the tradition, pride and excellence which exists within the history of UNH athletics."
Lopes recently concluded his second season at PC. In his first season with the Friars, Lopes assisted the team to their first BIG EAST Tournament game since 1994. Providence then defeated Rutgers, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals. He also helped coach Jenna Roncarati to her third consecutive All-BIG EAST honors. At Providence, Lopes assisted with recruiting, scouting, travel and budgeting, as well as monitor academic progress and planning team training and individual workouts.
Prior to his arrival in Providence, Lopes was the head assistant women's coach at Southern Connecticut State University from 2005-2011. He was highly involved in recruiting, planning off-season training and helped establish the Freshman Athletic Scholastic Training (F.A.S.T.) academic program.
Lopes, a 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac University, received a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. He was a four-year member of the soccer team and was a captain during his senior season. After playing at Quinnipiac, Lopes went on to play in the United States Soccer Leagues for the Connecticut Wolves and the Westchester Flames.
He began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Additionally, Lopes served as an assistant coach with the Boston Breakers (2010-11), Quickstrike Lady Blues (2009) and New England Mutiny (2007-08).