Rockford College fills three coaching vacancies

Men’s soccer, golf, volleyball all to be under new leadership when the new seasons start

Rockford College has announced several new coaching hires for the Regents’ athletics program. Among those joining the RC staff as head coaches entering the 2005-06 season are George Perry III (men’s soccer), Kyle Truax (golf) and Rodney Pritchett (volleyball).

Perry III will be a full-time staff member (also working in RC’s office of admission), while the other two positions remain part-time spots. Men’s soccer was also part time prior to this season.

Perry brings a wealth of men’s soccer coaching experience to a Rockford College program that has struggled through three consecutive losing seasons. Perry spent the past five seasons as the head coach for Wabash (Ind.) College (2000-04). His résumé also includes stints as the head coach at St. Bonaventure University (1989-94) and at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) (1983-88).

Additionally, Perry was an assistant coach for Indiana University men’s soccer (1977-82), while also directing IU’s women’s club team during that time. He has also worked as an Olympic Development Coach in both New York (1991-94) and Indiana (2001-05). Perry holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License, an advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is an NSCAA national staff instructor, was the NSCAA associate director of coaching (1999-2000) and was the recipient of the NSCAA’s “Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award” in 2003.

Perry currently serves on the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) national advisory board and on the advisory committee to the NSCAA’s Director of Coaching.

Truax is no stranger to Rockford College athletics (having served as the men’s assistant soccer coach and assistant golf coach at his alma mater in 2004-05). In taking over the reins of the golf program, Truax looks to return the RC team to the league prominence it once enjoyed when Truax was a member of the program (1996-2000).

As a player, Truax was a three-time All-Northern Illinois Iowa Conference finisher for the Regents on the links. He was the team’s “Most Valuable Player” and RC’s “Athlete of the Year” as a senior. Truax enjoyed similar success in soccer, where he was a four-time All-NIIC pick, NSCAA All-Region and team MVP. Truax was also the placekicker for the Regents’ football team in 2002.

Truax earned his bachelor’s of science degree from RC in 2004 (sports management) and is currently finishing work on his master’s of arts degree in teaching. He is a Roscoe, Ill., native and 1998 graduate of Hononegah High School.

Pritchett brings strong local ties—as well as familiarity—to the Regents volleyball program. Pritchett served as an assistant coach for the Regents in 2004, along with several years of local coaching experience on the prep level.

In four years as the head coach at Pecatonica High School (2000-03), Pritchett’s teams compiled a record of 83-47-2 and won Four River Conference championships twice (2001 and 2002). Prior to his tenure at PHS, Pritchett served as the junior varsity coach at Auburn High School for two seasons. In 1998, he coached the Girls’ 15 & 16 Elite team for the Rockford Volleyball Association and also sits on the RVA’s Board of Directors.

Pritchett is an IHSA and USAVB certified official, as well as ACEP, IMPACT and CAP I certified. Pritchett competed on the collegiate level at the University of Illinois at Champaign, where he earned his bachelor of science degree (economics) in 1990.

From the Aug. 10-16, 2005

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