Date Posted:01/03/2007, 1:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Maren Rojas as the new head coach of the women's soccer program. Rojas, who was most recently an assistant at the University of Virginia, is a 1994 graduate of William & Mary.
Rojas served as the an assistant coach for the University of Virginia for the past four seasons and brings 13 years of Division I coaching experience into her first head coaching position. She takes the reigns from legendary head coach John Cullen, who accumulated 237 victories over the past 22 seasons, including the last two as co-head coach with Katie Sheridan.
"We're thrilled to have someone of Maren's character and experience to continue the rich tradition of women's soccer at Bowdoin," according to Athletic Director Jeff Ward.
"Our entire program is thrilled for Maren on her new appointment at Bowdoin College," University of Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. "It has long been her goal to be a head coach at a school like Bowdoin, that combines the best in athletics and academics. And while we are excited for her, we are also sad to see her go since she has been such an instrumental part of our program the last four years. She is one of the top coaches in the country and I have no doubt she will bring tremendous leadership, knowledge and guidance to her players at Bowdoin."
A native of northern Virginia, Rojas was a standout in goal at William & Mary from 1990 to 1994. During that time, Rojas was a three-time team MVP and two-time regional All-American while leading the Tribe to three NCAA Tournament appearances. She is still among the all-time leaders in most goalkeeping categories at William & Mary. Rojas graduated from William & Mary in 1994 with a degree in Art.
She began her coaching career at James Madison, where she served as the goalkeeping coach for both the men's and women's programs from 1994-96. From there, Rojas went to Syracuse University, where she helped start the women's soccer program in 1996. In seven years with the Orange, she helped the school appear in two NCAA Tournaments and three BIG EAST tournaments.
Most recently, Rojas enjoyed an extremely successful stint at the University of Virginia, where the Cavaliers posted a 59-22-9 mark since her arrival in 2003. The squad won their first-ever ACC Championship over North Carolina in 2004, and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Rojas has also served as a Region I staff goalkeeping coach since 1997 and a U.S. National staff goalkeeping coach from 2001 to 2003. Rojas also holds an "A" coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Photo courtesy of the University of Virginia