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Former Spider Soccer Greats Excelling In Local Coaching Ranks

June 16, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Three former University of Richmond Soccer players, among the most accomplished players in program history, have been honored with 2011 Coach of the Year Honors.

" I am so proud of these women," said head coach Coach Peter Albright. "They were great players and even better people. The fact that they are giving back so much to the game, and are so successful as coaches and role models is very gratifying."

Anne Rieser `03, the head coach at Monocan High School, where she is the director of Art Education, was honored as Dominion District Coach of the Year for the second time. Anne was a defender for the Spiders and played an important role in two championship seasons, helping the Spiders qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2000 and 2002 and NCAA wins over West Virginia, James Madison and Clemson.

Brooke (Sands) Roney `01 and Nicole (Froman) Marks'01 serve as co-head coaches of the undefeated Deep Run High School team, which went 20-0-1 before losing on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Virginia AAA State Tournament. The received District and Regional Co-Coach of the Year Honors for their efforts. Under their leadership, Deep Run was ranked #1 in Virginia and # 6 in the Nation in the ESPN Rise poll.

Nicole, a native of Glen Arm MD, and Brooke, a native of Dallas TX, were classmates as part of the Fab Five that carried the fledgling UR program to national prominence in 2000 with its first ever CAA regular season championship and NCAA tournament appearance, where the Spiders defeated West Virginia 5-1 in the first round. Nicole played attacking outside back, and Brooke played forward, the position from which she scored over 50 goals and still holds most of the UR soccer scoring records.