02 Aug James Thorpe Joins Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff
LOWELL, Mass.—With excitement building for the 2021 campaign, James Thorpe has been named the newest assistant coach for the UMass Lowell women’s soccer program, as announced Tuesday afternoon by Head Coach Mira Novak.
“I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to bring James on our staff. I have admired his work from afar, as he has proven as a top coach and recruiter in the New England region. He is a tireless worker and is driven to help people around him succeed, whether that is on or off the field,” commented Novak. “James is someone who possesses a high level of character and builds positive relationships. I am excited to bring him to the UMass Lowell family, as I know he will positively affect the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our department.”
Serving as the associate head coach for the Rhode Island women’s soccer program the last two seasons, Thorpe comes to the River Hawks with a deep knowledge of recruiting as well as player development.
“I am excited to be joining the River Hawk Family,” exclaimed Thorpe. “I am grateful to Mira Novak, Sandra Roecker (Senior Associate AD), and Peter Casey (Athletic Director) for the incredible opportunity to be a part of the women’s soccer program here at UMass Lowell. The program has a long-standing tradition of excellence, both on and off the field, and I look forward to contributing to continued successes.”
Prior to joining the Rams, Thorpe spent three years at Boston College as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. With the Eagles, Thorpe was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes while also providing one-on-one instruction with the team. He also assisted in domestic and international recruiting and scouting opponents and the development and implementation of tactical and technical training sessions for the goalkeepers and field players.
In Thorpe’s first stint at URI, he spent two seasons working with the Rams’ men’s soccer program, helping to develop their goalkeepers. During his tenure, Thorpe worked with three-time All-America Nils Leifhelm during his freshman campaign.
The 2007 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Thorpe had an outstanding career at Franklin Pierce, where he helped lead the Ravens to a national title his senior year. In addition to being a national champion, he was a three-time All-American, a four-time Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year and a four-time All-New England First Team honoree.
Thorpe also set the NCAA record – for all divisions – for minutes played, logging 8,391:11 over 93 career matches. He left Franklin Pierce as both the program’s and conference’s record-holder for career shutouts (49), career goals against average (0.66) and consecutive shutout minutes (578:52).
Thorpe went on to a professional career which included stints in both the MLS (D.C. United, 2008) and USL (Western Mass Pioneers, 2009). He then spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Evansville before joining the Holy Cross staff for the 2012 season.
A native of East Longmeadow, Mass., Thorpe earned his undergraduate degree from Franklin Pierce in 2008 and his graduate degree from Evansville in 2011.
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