April 16, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland has named former All-American Katherine Remy Vettori as the fourth women's soccer head coach in the school history, Director of Athletics Joe Boylan announced today.
"It is very exciting that Katherine has decided to lead our women's soccer program," Boylan said. "She brings a wonderful background as an All-American player, her vast coaching experience and her commitment to developing young soccer players. We look forward to her continuing the successes that our women's soccer team has enjoyed on and off the field."
Vettori, 33, succeeds John Byford as head coach. Byford was named the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Villanova University in February. Loyola finished the 2007 season with a 10-6-5 record, won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Women's College Cup.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such great student-athletes at a school with a wonderful academic and women's soccer reputation," Vettori said. "I have waited for an opening at a school like Loyola, and I look forward to the challenge of being a head coach at the collegiate level.
"I would like to thank (Loyola Vice President of Student Development) Dr. Susan Donovan, Joe Boylan, (Associate Director of Athletics) Teddi Burns and (Assistant Director of Athletics) Bill Wnek for giving me the chance to succeed here. The hiring process was a great experience, and I can't wait to get started with the team."
The Towson, Md., resident has served as the Women's Director of the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC) in Howard County for the past eight years following five seasons as a collegiate assistant coach.
Vettori oversaw more than 3,200 female SAC players from the ages of 4-19, directing coaching and training assignments, travel team tryouts and selections, budgeting and coordinating all administrative aspects of the girls' program.
On the field, Vettori ran technical training sessions, coaches education programs and led travel teams for SAC. In addition to attracting top-level players and coaches to the association, Vettori has worked with the collegiate placement of players from SAC. Her players have continued their playing careers at over 20 NCAA schools in all divisions through her years with the program.
She coaches the Under-16 SAC team that won the Maryland State Cup and has participated in tournaments from California to Florida.
Prior to running the women's programs for SAC, Vettori worked as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and University of Pennsylvania.
She served as an assistant for the Terrapins from 1998-2001, helping the program reach the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup on three occasions, advancing to the second round twice.
Vettori led Maryland's nationwide recruiting effort and, in addition to practice and game preparation, she helped coordinate the program's compliance, travel, scheduling, fundraising and alumnae outreach.
At Maryland, Vettori coached two student-athletes who earned All-America honors, two who received Freshman All-America mention and nine who were tabbed to Regional All-America squads.
Vettori was an assistant coach at Pennsylvania from 1996-1998, helping guide the Quakers to their first-ever ECAC Championship in 1997 with a 14-5-0 record. The 14 wins represented a school record for victories in a single-season.
As a four-year starter and letterwinner at Duke University, Vettori (then Katherine Remy) earned Soccer News All-American in 1993, her sophomore season in Durham, N.C. She also picked up All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team honors that season and was named a Sophomore All-American, as well.
A forward/midfielder, Vettori was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team three times, 1992, 1993 and 1994, and was voted the Duke Team Most Valubale Player in each of those seasons, as well. She was also a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll from 1994-1996.
Vettori was a member of the 40-player United States National Team Player Pool from 1994-1996 and played for the U.S. National `B' Team in 1994 as it traveled through Europe and played national teams from England, Ireland and Scotland.
She participated in the 1994 and 1995 U.S. Olympic Festivals and the 1997 U.S. Soccer Festival.
Vettori played professionally for four seasons as a member of the W-League's Greensboro Dymano in 1994, the Philadelphia Frenzy in 1997 and the Hampton Roads Piranhas in 1998-1999. She was the Most Valuable Player of W2 in 1998.
Vettori, who holds her United States Soccer Federation `C' Coaching License, graduated from Duke with a bachelor of arts in history and sociology in 1996. She earned her masters of science in higher education administration from Pennsylvania in 1998.
A native of Norman, Okla., Vettori comes from a soccer-playing family. Her three sisters all played collegiate soccer in the ACC. Amanda was a four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1994-1997; Anne played at North Carolina from 1998-2001; and, Elizabeth was an All-ACC performer at Wake Forest from 2003-2006.
She is married to former Duke lacrosse player Jason Vettori. The couple has two children - Remy, 5, and Lucy, 3 - and resides in Towson.