BALTIMORE, Md. – In addition to all of the Goucher College seniors that graduated in May, we also had several assistant coaches finish up their graduate degrees. Today, we will focus on three individuals that worked in the fall with our fall sports with Goucher men's soccer's Andrew Mpasiakos, women's soccer's Courtney Stull and women's volleyball's Paul Malinauskas. Mpasiaskos and Stull both completed their program work in the fall semester for their degree. We asked of their head coaches to talk about their growth and some well wishes.
Goucher Men's Soccer | Andrew Mpasiakos
Head Coach Bryan Laut said: Andrew has been great for the men's soccer program during the past two years. His ability to recruit and cultivate relationships has been evident through our strong recruiting classes during the past two cycles. As a coach, you can really see the growth on the field as his confidence and ability to lead has grown. He has become more comfortable with pushing the pace of training and understanding the moments of when to instruct and when to let them play. I know this is only the beginning of Andrew's coaching career and I am confident he will be very successful in his next stop at Case Western in helping their program take the next step.
Goucher Women's Soccer | Courtney Stull
Head Coach Stephanie Ricketts said: Courtney was a wonderful asset to our program the last two seasons. She really cared a lot about the team and helping to continue to push the team forward to being successful, but more importantly, she really cared about our players. Our team loved working with her and that's a true indication that Courtney is going to make a great Head Coach. Courtney came to Goucher already having four years of assistant coaching experience, so she had a lot to offer in that respect and could really hit the ground running right away with recruiting, film breakdown, individual sessions, etc. The area she grew the most in was with her confidence. We worked together to make sure that she had a portion of the training sessions that she developed and ran so that she could continue to get more comfortable having to lead and coach a full team. We wish Courtney the best of luck with her future! Her goal is to be a Head Coach and there is no doubt that she is ready for that next step. We will certainly miss her, but we really look forward to seeing what she does as a coach in the future. Any program is lucky to have her!
Women's Volleyball | Paul Malinauskas
Head Coach Kathy Frankowski said: Paul has been part of the Goucher Volleyball community for the last two years and played an integral part of the program's growth and development. Even though he was here for a year prior to my arrival, he has shown many people about how much he cares for the game and more importantly, cares about how each student athlete plays the game. He has adapted to a coaching change in a respected manner and became a great liaison for myself and the young women on the team. Seeing growth in his player/coach relationships has been wonderful to see as well as, his growth to see the game in a different way. We helped integrate a culture that will continue to evolve with the changing of the volleyball team personnel and I'm grateful for having that partnership with him. He will not be a stranger to the Goucher volleyball program in the future but will be greatly missed. He already knows that he has a friend in me and can count on my reference for whatever direction he wants to really pursue. Paul is a very smart young man that can keep people in line, who has a witty sarcasm anyone wants to be around and who will be ultimately successful. I wish him all the best of luck in everything. Forever a Gopher.
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