Drew Kopp recently completed his second season with the Virginia Tech women’s soccer staff after spending four seasons as an assistant at Saint Joseph’s University. Kopp’s duties with Tech are similar to those that he took on with the Hawks, as he is in charge of organizing team training sessions and is heavily involved in recruiting.
Kopp’s second campaign at Tech was the most successful in program history. In 2013, the Hokies went 19-5-3 and reached their first-ever NCAA College Cup, while breaking program records for goals (56), assists (50), points (162) and shots (385).
The Hokies also achieved on an individual level, as senior Jazmine Reeves was named the program’s first-ever All-American and was named a semifinalist for the Hermann award. Reeves and then-freshman Murielle Tiernan each scored 11 goals to give Tech its first-ever season with multiple double-digit goalscorers.
In Kopp’s first season with the Hokies, Tech notched an overall record of 13-6-1. The Hokies’ six losses were the fewest in the program’s history at the time. Tech posted a 9-0-0 start, which marks the school’s most consecutive wins and its best-ever season start. The Hokies also clinched their fifth-straight NCAA appearance.
During Kopp’s four-season tenure, Saint Joseph’s recorded its best goals-against-average twice, produced seven Atlantic 10 All-Conference players, including the 2008 Rookie of the Year and 2011 Midfielder of the Year.
Prior to Saint Joseph’s, Kopp spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at La Salle University. During those seasons, the Explorers recorded an overall record of 20-19-1 and an 11-8-1 conference record, while receiving a bid to the 2006 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Kopp has coached at both the collegiate and club level. Before to his stint at La Salle, he served many coaching positions with the FC Delco club team in Downingtown, Pa. Kopp assisted the U19 Sting girl’s squad to the Pennsylvania State Cup Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2010, while the Sting became National Red Bull League Champions in 2009. He also served as the U18 Fire girl’s head coach and assisted the U16 Burnley girl’s squad.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Kopp played six seasons professionally. He spent three seasons with the Hershey Wildcats, two seasons with the Montreal Impact and one season with the Charleston Battery in the United Soccer League’s First Division. Kopp also played nine seasons with the Philadelphia Kixx of the NASL/MISL, winning championships in 2002 and 2007.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of Pittsburgh, Kopp played at forward and in the midfield for the Panthers and graduated in 1999 tied for fifth all-time in points. In four seasons, Pittsburgh went 38-27-10.
Kopp received a Bachelor of Science in business/marketing in 1999 from Pittsburgh, while earning a Master of Business Administration-Marketing from La Salle in 2008. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He and his wife, Kristen, have two children, Keanan and Darah.