Courtesy of Rockford University
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford University athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Josh Rohde as its next head men's soccer coach. Rohde joins the Regents after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the UW-Whitewater men's soccer program. He becomes the twentieth head coach in the program's 56-year history.
"We were all extremely impressed with Josh's preparation, knowledge and recruitment plan," commented RU Director of Athletics Jason Mulligan. "He knows what it takes to win at the Division III level and has had an outstanding mentor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Coach Guinn. This is a key juncture for our men's soccer program, and we feel Josh is well-suited to lead us to future success."
Rohde brings a wealth of knowledge and a tradition of success to the Rockford sideline after spending the past three years as an assistant at UW-Whitewater. While at Whitewater, Rohde was heavily involved in all aspects of the Warhawk men's soccer program. Some of his duties included recruiting, conducting training sessions, scouting opponents, overseeing the academic success of his players, and directing camps. The Warhawks won at least 10 games in all three of his years including a pair of 14-win seasons. UW-Whitewater also earned back-to-back at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament and advanced to the second round on each occasion.
Rohde entered the coaching ranks after a standout, three-year career with the Warhawks from 2012-14. After making six starts at goalkeeper as a member of the UW-Milwaukee men's soccer program in 2011, Rohde transferred to UW-Whitewater and made an immediate impact on the team. A two-year starter, Rohde helped the Warhawks reach the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament as a senior captain in 2014. He was named third team NSCAA/NCAA Division III All-North Region, second team All-WIAC and honorable mention NSCAA Wisconsin all-state. Rohde led the conference in save percentage (.815) and shutouts (6.2) during his senior campaign. He wrapped up his career with 12 shutouts, fourth-most in program history.
"I am extremely pleased and honored to be named the next head men's soccer coach at Rockford University," Coach Rohde stated. "Both the university and the program have a prestigious history, and I am excited for the chance to build upon that tradition. I would like to thank RU Director of Athletics Jason Mulligan for giving me this opportunity to begin my career as a head coach, as well as all of my mentors and the administration at UW-Whitewater who have helped me get to where I am at today. I am excited about the upcoming season and look forward to getting to work immediately."
The RU men's soccer team opens its 2018 season at home against Cornell College.