Illinois State University introduces new soccer coach

Illinois State University introduced DeRose at a press conference Monday afternoon. (Photo courtesy: GoRedbirds)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – Illinois State University introduced a new head soccer coach during a press conference Monday afternoon.

“When looking for a new coach, we were searching for an extremely knowledgably, passionate, and inspirational leader that could bring the best out in our student athletes and program,” said Interm Director of Athletics Dr. Jeri Beggs at a press conference Monday afternoon.

We were looking for someone who had success on and off the pitch, and shown that they can manage an organization that is built on success athletically, and academically. After an extensive search, we feel like we have found that person in Raleigh DeRose.”

DeRose joins the program after eight seasons with Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

“To the Illinois State Women’s soccer team, I’m so honored to be your coach. I’m excited to coach each and every single one of you. You are my team and I’m excited to dig into our future. This is a new beginning and beginnings are exciting.”

While at Brown University, DeRose helped the Bears win three Ivy League Championships, competed in four NCAA Tournaments, and had four regular seasons.

Her father, Jim DeRose, is the winningest head coach in Bradley University history.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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