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Mr. David Poggi

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Poggi resigns as Loyola women’s soccer coach
February 14, 2007 for Women’s Soccer

New Orleans, La.- Wolfpack head women’s soccer coach David
Poggi has resigned his position at Loyola and has been named
head men’s soccer coach at The University of the South in
Sewanee, Tennessee.

Loyola tapped Poggi head women’s coach in July of 2005,
but his first season was cancelled due to hurricane Katrina.
He spent the fall of 2005 as trainer for the Albertson
Soccer Club of Long Island and returned to lead the Wolfpack
in 2006. He had two players selected to the All-GCAC second
team.

“This was a very difficult decision. My wife and I love
New Orleans and will definitely miss our family and friends,
but are very excited by this new opportunity at Sewanee.
Loyola has been very supportive of my efforts to create a
rewarding and competitive environment for the soccer
program. The opportunity to mentor a special group of
student-athletes during these extraordinary times has been
an experience I will never forget. I want to thank Dr.
Giorlando and the rest of the Wolfpack family for their
support and wish them all continued success,” said Poggi.

Poggi came to Loyola from the University of
Louisiana-Lafayette where he directed the Ragin’ Cajuns
since their inaugural season in 2000. Prior to ULL, Poggi
was the head men’s coach at the University of
Wisconsin-Green Bay, an NCAA Division I school, from 1992 to
1996. He was also the head men’s coach at Truman State
University (1985-1992) and Lane Community College
(1982-1985).

Poggi has also coached on the professional level. He led the
Utah Freezz of the WISL Professional Indoor League from
1999-2000 and the Lafayette SwampCats of the EISL
Professional Indoor League from 1997-99. Poggi served as an
assistant women’s coach at Brondby IF in Copenhagen,
Denmark. Poggi also has extensive experience with the
Olympic Development Program in Region 2 & 3 (Midwest &
South).

“We want to thank Coach Poggi for all he did under
challenging circumstances and we wish him and his family the
best at The University of the South,” said Loyola athletic
director Dr. Michael Giorlando.

David Poggi
Soccer Coach
Loyola University New Orleans

504-864-7398 (wk)
504-258-8748 (mobile)
www.loyno.eduLoyola hires Poggi

July 03, 2005 –
NEW ORLEANS – Dave Poggi, who was removed from his post as women’s soccer coach at the University of Louisiana in May, has been named head women’s coach at Loyola-New Orleans.

Poggi coached the Ragin’ Cajun squad since the program’s inauguration, and his team had its best overall record in program history last fall while setting school marks for goals, shots, assists, points and fewest goals allowed.

Prior to UL, Poggi was the head men’s coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1992-96. He was also the head men’s coach at Truman State University (1985-1992) and Lane College (1982-1985).

Poggi has also coached on the professional level. He led the Utah Freezz of the WISL from 1999-2000 and the Lafayette SwampCats of the EISL from 1997-99, winning back-to-back EISL titles.

He also served an assistant women’s coach at Brondby IF in Copenhagen, Denmark. Poggi also has extensive experience with the Olympic Development Program.

Poggi replaces Emmy Therrell, who left the program in May. Therrell, who was the first woman head coach in Loyola history, started the program in 1993.

Originally published July 3, 2005

May 14, 2005 –

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

University of Louisiana women’s soccer coach Dave Poggi, who founded the Ragin’ Cajun program in 2000 and coached for five seasons, had his contract terminated by the university Friday.

Poggi said Friday he received a certified letter saying that his contract was not going to be renewed. His current contract expires June 30.

“I was a loyal employee,” Poggi said, “and I am very disappointed with this decision and how it was handled.”

In a statement Poggi released Friday, he said that some parents of current and former Cajun players brought pressure on UL president Dr. Ray Authement and athletic officials to remove him from the position.

UL director of athletics Nelson Schexnayder would not comment on the reasons for Poggi’s dismissal, but did say a final decision was made in the last two days.

“We have been talking about the future of the soccer program for some time,” Schexnayder said.

Poggi’s teams compiled a 27-56-6 record in his five seasons and an 14-29-3 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. He inaugurated the program in the fall of 2000 and compiled a 2-14 record, and the Cajun women followed with marks of 6-10 in 2001, 6-9-3 in 2002, 6-13-1 in 2003 and 7-10-2 last year.

“I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to start and successfully build a regionally-recognized program in such a short time,” Poggi said in his statement, printed here in its entirety. “The true benefit of any university program and how it should be ultimately measured is its results in the classroom, the community and on the playing field.

“Academically, I couldn’t be more proud of what this program has accomplished with one of the highest team GPA’s in the athletic department. In the community, we have taken an active volunteer role, and in several areas have led the way. For the last five years my players and I have worked with school reading programs, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls clubs and youth soccer organizations.

“On the playing field, not only has our record and RPI consistently improved, but more importantly our level of play is now to a point where this program should consistently compete for a conference championship.

“I do know that for the last year and a half a couple of parents of current and former players have been attempting to bring about this decision. I believe this decision was made by Dr. Authement himself; however, I cannot tell you why because he has not replied to my requests for a meeting.

“My understanding was that my performance was satisfactory to the athletic department. I know there were some complaints from disgruntled parents, but there was absolutely no valid basis for these complaints. I do now that a majority of parents are very pleased with my performance and have voiced their support.

“I thought and believed I had the support of the athletic department.”

Poggi joined the UL staff in June of 2000 after a one-year stint as coach of the Utah Freez of the World Professional Soccer League. Prior to that, he led the Lafayette Swamp Cats to back-to-back titles in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, and also served as collegiate head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northeast Missouri.

His overall coaching record on the professional, collegiate and high school levels is 239-154-39, and his collegiate record is 151-134-32.

One athletic department administrator, speaking on terms of anonymity, questioned any accusations leveled at Poggi.

“Unless I’ve been reading him wrong for five years,” the administrator said, “what I’ve heard from these people doesn’t sound like Dave Poggi.”

Poggi’s recruiting class for the upcoming 2005 fall season was recently ranked 21st out of the 68 teams in the NCAA’s Central Region. The Cajuns’ recruiting class was ranked 24th last year.

Schexnayder said the non-renewal was not tied to any violations of NCAA or Sun Belt Conference rules and regulations, and said he was not aware of any violations of university policy in the program.

“We will immediately begin advertising,” Schexnayder said, “and we will look to fill the position as quickly as we can. We would like to begin and complete the search as soon as reasonably appropriate.”

Originally published May 14, 2005

Dave Poggi
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
5th season at Louisiana-Lafayette
18th season overall

Career Record:
27-56-6 (.307) after 5th year at UL Lafayette
137-114-28 (.541) 18th year overall

Dave Poggi is known in the soccer community as an individual who is dedicated to the growth of the sport. His involvement with the sport as a head coach on every level from high school to professional, both nationally and internationally, over the past 20 years speaks volumes of his character.

His 200-plus victories as a coach are a testament to the fact that he is a proven winner.

So it came as no surprise when the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was searching for a caretaker of its newest Division I program that the administration handed the reins over to Poggi.

Though the results may not be sparkling, yet, fans can be assured that Poggi will not rest until he gets the desired results he expects and visions his program having.

Committed to putting a winning product on the field that the community and University can be proud of, his diligent work on the recruiting trails brining in numerous players each year is a testament to the fact that he is looking to build the program the right way by aiming to assemble a team that can compete on a national level.

Just this past offseason, Poggi and his staff (assistants Ryan Tucker and Ashleigh Jones) compiled a list of recruits that was ranked 24th out of 69 teams in the Central Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Louisiana-Lafayette was listed above Tulane, Arkansas and Sun Belt Conference rival North Texas. The Cajuns corps of newcomers was considered the second-best in the Sun Belt Conference. Only Denver (7th in Central Region) was ranked higher. Western Kentucky�s recruiting class was 27th in the Great Lakes Region.

As Poggi enters his fifth season at the helm of the program which he has single-handedly built from day one, he does so with added excitement that the 2004 season could be the one that produces the program�s first winning season and hopefully moves the Ragin� Cajuns closer to the ultimate goal of a conference championship.

Both Poggi and the University�s journey to this point began when the Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Department entered a new era in the spring of 2000 by announcing that women�s soccer would become the 16th NCAA Division I intercollegiate sport offered at the University.

Dave Poggi was chosen to guide the Ragin� Cajuns in their inaugural season, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience about soccer and a well known reputation in the Acadiana area and nationally with him � giving the program instant credibility.

His ties to Cajun Country aren�t limited to his current stint at UL Lafayette.

Prior to joining the Cajuns in June 2000, Poggi coached professionally in Louisiana with the Lafayette SwampCats in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League from 1997-99. He also served as the Louisiana State Olympic Developmental Program Girl�s U-15 head coach during the same time. Both were experiences which helped him establish relationships in the area and develop contacts � a key factor leading to his hiring with Louisiana-Lafayette.

In 23 years of coaching at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, Poggi has posted a combined 232-144-37 record and guided all but one of the programs with which he has worked to postseason play. His collegiate coaching record currently stands at 137-114-28 while his professional record was 58-24-1.

Since starting the Ragin� Cajuns soccer program from scratch in 2000, a complete year before the projected start date, Poggi has seen the UL Lafayette women�s soccer program make tremendous strides both on the field, in the classroom and on the recruiting trails.

Poggi has diligently worked to improve the athleticism of the program each season and none was more evident than the Class of 2002 and highly touted Stacy Smith of Houston.

Poggi has demanded that his team not only perform on the field, but more importantly in the classroom. He believes that his athletes must be committed to their duties as a student along with their athletic responsibilities.

That philosophy was true to form this past academic year as the Ragin� Cajuns women�s soccer team posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the second straight year, thereby earning the squad the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2002-03 school year. The Cajuns posted a team GPA of 3.04 for the 2002-03 school calendar year. In addition, 12 players were named to the �02-03 Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll.

Last season, the Cajuns tied the program record for victories by posting six wins for the third straight season. Poggi led a team that had just one senior and a total of six upperclassmen to the best start in program history after a win over Louisiana-Monroe improved the team�s record to 4-2.

In 2002 he guided the third-year program, comprised of 14 freshmen and nine sophomores, to the program�s highest finish in the Sun Belt standings with a fourth-place standing. The Cajuns also tied the school record for wins with six. Under his guidance, Sara Vienberg and Stacy Smith became the program�s first-ever all-conference selections.

In 2001, Poggi helped guide the then-second year program to a win total that tripled the previous season (6) and the first-ever Sun Belt Conference wins in school history.

Other accolades during the 2001 season included the school�s first shutout, a 1-0 win over in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe Oct. 3. The Ragin� Cajuns also posted the school�s first winning streak, a three-game run from Oct. 9-14, which included a win over Conference USA�s University of Houston.

In the inaugural 2000 campaign, the Cajuns endured many hardships and challenges of a first-year program along the way, but helped set the foundation for the successes the program has experienced the past three seasons.

Poggi joined the Cajuns after spending the 1999 season in the Western Indoor Soccer League with the Utah Freez, which he helped lead to a 14-10 record and a berth in the playoffs as the league�s only expansion franchise.

Despite his impressive resume across the country and throughout the world, Poggi is no stranger to the Acadiana soccer community.

After spending the 1996 season at Notre Dame High School in Green Bay, Wisc., he made his way into Cajun country as the head coach of the Lafayette SwampCats of the Easter Indoor Soccer League.

In two seasons under his guidance, the SwampCats posted a 44-14 record and earned two league championships. For his team�s impressive efforts, Poggi was honored as the EISL Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998.

Poggi entered the NCAA collegiate coaching ranks in 1985 as the men�s head coach at then-Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State). In eight seasons, he posted an impressive 77-43-13 mark and worked with two National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Academic All-Americans, three NSCAA All-Americans, 22 NSCAA Regional All-Americans and 76 All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association honorees.

In 1986-87 he was also recognized as the MIAA Coach of the Year.

But his work wasn�t limited to the practice and playing fields as the men�s soccer team consistently ranked among the athletic department�s leaders in graduation rates and team grade-point-average.

From there, he moved on to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he worked until 1995.

During his four-year stint, Poggi guided one NSCAA All-American, five NSCAA Regional All-Americans and nine all-conference selections as well as a top 20 national ranking. He also compiled a 40-24-11 record in that time and was recognized as the WISA Coach of the Year in 1993 and the NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1989.

But his soccer credentials aren�t limited to the United States.

From Oct. 20 until Nov. 24, 1996, Poggi participated in a 36-day long soccer exchange in Denmark. Poggi traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he served as the women�s assistant coach for Brondby IF in the Damefodbold, Elite Division under head coach Rene Olsson. The exchange was organized by the Danish Soccer Coaches Association as a part of the International Soccer Coaches Exchange Program.

Poggi played collegiately at three schools from 1976-81 and spent his last years at the University of Oregon, from which he graduated in 1982 with a bachelor�s degree in sociology.

While working as the men�s head coach and the women�s club team head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., from 1981-85, he also received his master�s degree in physical education, administration and sports psychology in 1985 from the University of Oregon.

He also played in professional trials for two seasons with the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers of the NASL in 1981-82.

The Chicago native holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) �A� Coaching License � obtained in Tampa, Fla., in 1990. .

THE POGGI FILE
Full Name: David Egidio Poggi
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1957
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Addison Trail HS
College: Oregon, 1982
College Athletics: Soccer, midfield
Family: Daughter Brook, son Adrian,
mother Joyce and wife Michelle

COACHING CAREER
COLLEGE
2000-present
Head coach, UL Lafayette
(20-47-4, 4th season)

1992-96
Head coach, Wisconsin-Green Bay
(40-24-11, 5 years)

1985-92
Head Coach, NE Missouri State
(77-43-13, 8 years)

PROFESSIONAL
1999
Head Coach, Utah Freez (WPSL)
(14-10-1, 1 year)

1997-98
Head Coach, Lafayette SwampCats (EISL)
(44-14, 2 years)