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David Poggi Named Loyola Women’s Soccer Coach

Loyola announcement - July 8, 2005

David Poggi has been named head women’s soccer coach at Loyola University New Orleans.

Poggi comes to Loyola from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he directed the Ragin’ Cajuns since their inaugural season in 2000. In 2004, Poggi led ULL to its best overall record in the program’s five-year history. The 2004 Cajuns set school highs for most goals, shots, assists, points, and fewest goals allowed. ULL also tied the program record for most conference wins in a season. This spring, Poggi secured the No. 78 recruiting class in the nation as ranked by Soccer Buzz Magazine for the Cajuns.

“We are excited to have David here at Loyola. He brings a wealth of experience to our program, including stints at the NCAA Division I level. He is a proven recruiter and leader with ties to the New Orleans area,” said Loyola Athletic Director Dr. Michael Giorlando.

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 Louisiana.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to be the next head coach at Loyola University New Orleans. The program’s potential is tremendous and I will encourage my student athletes to strive for excellence in everything that we do. I want thank Mike and the selection committee for having faith in me and being so helpful in this process,” stated Poggi.

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

Poggi is married to the former Michelle Fontham, who graduated from Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.