Florida Tech Promotes Jessica Monarch To Head Coach of Women’s Soccer
By Florida Tech // September 26, 2018
fourth head coach in program history
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens has announced that Florida Tech women’s soccer assistant coach Jessica Monarch has officially been promoted to head coach for the Panthers.
Monarch is the fourth head coach in program history.
“Coach Monarch has been an important part our women’s soccer team for the last four years,” stated Jurgens.
“She worked very well with our former head coach, Dustin Smith, to guide our women’s soccer team to excellent results within our conference and nationally.
“During her time as an assistant coach for us, coach Monarch has proven she has the leadership qualities to be successful as a head coach and continue the successful tradition of the Florida Tech women’s soccer program.”
Monarch took over the role as acting head coach after former head coach Dustin Smith resigned earlier this month. This will be Monarch’s fourth season with the soccer program.
“I am thankful to Athletic Director Bill Jurgens and the Florida Tech administration for the opportunity to lead the Florida Tech women’s soccer program,” said Monarch. “I also want to express my gratitude to Dustin Smith for his mentorship and guidance throughout my time here as an assistant coach at Florida Tech.
“It is a privilege to work with Florida Tech women’s soccer and I am looking forward to leading each of the girls that make up the heart and rich culture of this program as they relentlessly pursue their goals in the Sunshine State Conference and the NCAA.”
While serving as the Panthers’ assistant coach, Monarch helped Smith guide the women’s soccer team to a 30-19-5 record and the program’s first-ever Sunshine State Conference tournament championship in 2017. Under her tenure as assistant coach, a total of six players earned 15 post-season awards, including nine All-SSC selections, and six D2CCA All-South Region honorees.
While Monarch served as acting head coach, the Florida Tech women’s soccer team posted a 4-4-1 record, including victories over Delta State, Valdosta State, Palm Beach Atlantic and Lynn. The Panthers are currently 1-1 in SSC play.
The women’s soccer team is back in action this Wednesday, Sept. 26, as the Panthers travel to Fort Lauderdale for a league showdown with Nova Southeastern at 7 p.m. ET at the NSU Soccer Complex.
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