MORAGA, Calif. -- After leading the Gaels to the most successful period in program history, Saint Mary's College men's soccer coach Adam Cooper has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced today.
Cooper recently completed his sixth season as the head coach of the Gaels. In two of the last three years, he guided Saint Mary's to the school's first two NCAA Tournament appearances and last season guided the program to its first-ever West Coast Conference title and a run to the NCAA quarterfinals.
"I am thrilled that Adam Cooper will continue to lead our men's soccer program," said Orr. "He has taken Saint Mary's men's soccer to a level the program had never achieved and is considered one of the top coaches in the country. He has a tremendous attitude, believes in and supports the philosophies and ideals of Saint Mary's College and provides a positive impact in all facets of the lives of the student-athletes under his direction.
During his tenure Cooper has been named the WCC Coach of the Year twice and has guided numerous players to all-WCC and all-region honors. In 2009, he was named the regional coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
"I want to thank Brother Ronald Gallagher and Director of Athletics Mark Orr for their continued belief and confidence in me to lead the Saint Mary's College Men's soccer team," said Cooper. "I am excited to continue in our quest to bring this program to new heights, and build off of the success of this past season. Saint Mary's College is a very special place and I am thankful and very appreciative for the opportunity to work at this school, with this administration and with such incredible student athletes."
Last season, the Gaels won the school's first WCC men's soccer title and earned their second NCAA Tournament invitation in the last three years. Despite improbable odds, the Gaels won three-straight road games over favored opponents and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, before dropping a hard-fought contest at eventual national champions North Carolina.