BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech athletics department and women’s soccer head coach Chugger Adair have announced the hiring of new assistant coach Andrew Kopp. Kopp joins the Tech staff after spending the last four seasons as an assistant at Saint Joseph’s University.
“We are extremely excited to add Andrew to our coaching staff,” commented Adair. “He brings a high level of experience, knowledge of the game and great character, which will be impacted in our staff and into our team. He was a professional player and has coached at the collegiate level for some time now, which will be instrumental to our team and staff. We are looking forward to Andrew becoming a Hokie.”
Kopp’s duties with the Hawks were similar to those which he will take on at Tech, as he was in charge of organizing team training sessions and very involved in recruiting. He also helped organize day and residential camps and clinic programs.
During Kopp’s tenure, Saint Joseph’s recorded its best goals against average twice, produced seven Atlantic 10 All-Conference players, including 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 two years, 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 has 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.
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.
Kopp holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
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