A total of 10 new players will join the Dukes this fall
First camps are slated for June 10-13
Comes to Duquesne from St. Francis
Email Coach Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryce Cooper is in his second season as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program. Cooper came to Duquesne after spending the 2012 season at Saint Francis, Pa. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as an assistant at Butler.
While at Saint Francis, Cooper helped the Red Flash advance to the final of the Northeast Conference Championship, only to fall to Fairleigh Dickinson on penalty kicks. Cooper helped coach three All-NEC and two all-region players for a SFU team that ranked 16th nationally in goals against average.
Cooper was responsible for helping in all aspects of the Red Flash program, including leading and organizing training sessions, working with the goalkeepers, working with academic advisors and staff to ensure players were excelling in the classroom, recruiting, game analysis, opponent scouting, organizing travel, managing equipment and gear and organizing and leading residential and day camps. Under Cooper's tutelage, the SFU team was recognized by the NSCAA with a team academic award for posting a 3.24 team GPA.
One of Cooper's pupils, goalkeeper Danny Valcicak, earned All-NEC first team honors after posting eight eight shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average, which ranked fourth nationally in 2012. Cooper was also active in helping assemble a recruiting class that featured several players who competed in the US Soccer Development Academy system.
At Butler, Cooper was part of a staff that made NCAA Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 Bulldogs, who went 15-0-2 in winning the Horizon League title (16-1-3 overall), advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA tourney. Three BU players earned All-American honors and two were drafted into Major League Soccer following the season that saw the Bulldogs ranked No. 11 by the NSCAA.
Before coaching collegiately, Cooper posted a 35-10-0 record in guiding Indianapolis Roncalli High School to a pair sectional championships and regional titles. In 2007, he was named the Indianapolis Star Super Team "Coach of the Year" after leading the Rebels to two of the most successful seasons in school history.
In addition to his college and high school experience, Cooper has also had coaching success at the club level. He led several club teams at Carmel United Soccer Club in Carmel, Ind., guiding one to a State Cup Championship and Regional berth. He also served as a trainer and assistant coach for the Indiana United Development Academy team at Carmel United.
As a player, Cooper spent four years at the University of Southern Indiana, helping the Screaming Eagles to three Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament appearances.
Cooper currently holds a USSF B license and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from USI in 2004 and received his teaching license from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2010.
Cooper and his wife, Courtney, have a daughter, Stori.