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Bryce Cooper enters his first season as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program. Cooper comes to Duquesne after spending the 2012 season at Saint Francis University and the three seasons before that as an assistant at Butler University.
While at St. Francis, the Red Flash advanced to the finals of the Northeast Conference Championship, only to fall to Fairleigh Dickinson in penalty kicks. Cooper saw three players receive All NEC honors and two players earn All-Region accolades for a team that finished in the top ten in the country in goals against average.
He was responsible for helping in all aspects of the 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. Cooper was also instrumental in helping the student athletes excel in the classroom as evidenced by the team earning the NSCAA team academic award for a 3.24 team GPA.
Besides helping in all aspects of the program at SFU, Cooper was primarily responsible for the training and development of the goal keepers, helping Danny Valcicak earn all NEC First Team honors. He was ranked nationally in shutouts with eight and posted a goals against average of 0.89. Cooper was also active in the recruiting scene, helping bring in one of SFU's most regarded and versatile recruiting classes in recent history with several players playing in the US Soccer Development Academy system.
Cooper was on the Butler staff that made two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and advanced to second round of the 2010 NCAA tourney. On its way to the 2010 Horizon League title, Butler compiled an undefeated 15-0-2 regular season record, which earned them a top 10 ranking in the national polls that year. He also saw three players named All American during that time, two of which were drafted into Major League Soccer.
Before coaching collegiately, Cooper spent two seasons as the head coach at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, the best two seasons in Roncalli school history. He guided the Rebels to a 35-10-0 record in his two years as well as two sectional championships and two regional titles. In 2007 he was named the Indianapolis Star Super Team "Coach of the Year."
In addition to his collegiate and high school coaching, Cooper has spent a lot of time on the club level. Cooper coached several club teams at Carmel United Soccer Club in Carmel, Ind. guiding one of his teams 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 over the past year.
As a player, Cooper spent four years at the University of Southern Indiana and helped lead the Screaming Eagles to a national ranking in 2003 and three 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 were recently married.