September 4, 2012

James Thorpe Named Assistant Soccer Coach

WORCESTER, Mass. The College of the Holy Cross has named James Thorpe as an assistant soccer coach, as announced by head head women's soccer coach Darren Gallagher, men's soccer coach Marco Koolman and Athletic Director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Thorpe, who was the 2007 National Player of the Year at Franklin Pierce and was a member of D.C. United, will work as the goalkeepers coach for both the men's and the women's soccer programs.

Thorpe, who was coached by Koolman at Franklin Pierce, had an outstanding career at the school as the team won the Division II national championship in 2007. Also in 2007, he was named the National Player of the Year. Thorpe was a three-time All-American, while he was named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Year four times and earned first team All-New England honors four times. He set the NCAA record for all divisions for minutes played with 8,391:11 over 93 career matches played. Thorpe also set the school and Northeast-10 recordS with 49 shutouts and a 0.66 career goals against average. He was featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated.

"James is taking his playing experience and using it to learn more about coaching goalkeepers and field players," said Koolman. "He is a student of the game and already shows his knowledge and eagerness to become a great coach. I am excited to have him here as part of the coaching staff knowing James will work the goalkeepers hard and they will become better."

Thorpe played for Major League Soccer team D.C. United in the 2008 season. He then played for the Western Mass Pioneers of the USL in 2009.   

Thorpe spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as a graduate assistant soccer coach at Evansville. Thorpe, who is a native of East Longmeadow, Mass., is a 2008 graduate of Franklin Pierce and earned his graduate degree from Evansville in 2011.