Record: 19-2-3 Home: 10-0-1 Away: 8-1-2 Neutral: 1-1 IIAC: 6-1
2013 Men's Soccer Coaches
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Dan Rothert - Head Coach - 16th Season


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Former Loras College soccer standout, Dan Rothert has been at the helm of the Duhawk men's and women's soccer programs since 1998. In 16 seasons, Rothert's teams are regarded as some of the best in the country. This past season, both the men and women won the IIAC regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where the men advanced to the national semifinals and the women to the 2nd round. The men's team finished 19-2-3 and with a final national ranking of #3; while the women finished 18-4-1 and a final national ranking of #23.


His men's teams have won the Iowa Conference championship eight times and advanced to the NCAA tournament eight consecutive seasons where they have had very successful runs at the national level-advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the Final Four in 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013. The women's teams have won the Iowa Conference nine times and the IIAC Tournament 11 times with 11 NCAA appearances which were highlighted by runs to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2010 and 2012.


Rothert has been named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year 13 total times in his 16-year career and has been named Regional Coach of the Year three times. Following the 2012 season, Rothert was named the CaptainU National Coach of the Year after Loras advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third time in program history.


This past year, Rothert has surpassed the impressive career standard of 503-167-42 overall (255-86-22 with the men and 248-83-19) with the women) while at Loras. His student-athletes have received many honors both on the field and in the classroom during their careers. Notably, he has mentored twelve All Americans, four Academic All Americans and 12 Iowa Conference MVPs and a National Defensive Player of the Year.


Rothert holds the highest soccer coaching licenses attainable. He has obtained the USSF "A" License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma, the NSCAA Goalkeeper National Diploma and US Soccer's National Youth License and served on the NCAA Men’s Soccer Committee for the 2010-2012 seasons, including a season as chair of that committee in 2012.


Prior to becoming the head coach at Loras, Rothert was the assistant women's soccer and assistant women's basketball coach at Plattsburgh State (N.Y.) where the soccer team was the 1996 New York State Conference champion. Rothert served as the assistant coach at Loras in the 1997 season and was the head boy's soccer coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 1997-2000, earning "Coach of the Year" honors in 1997.


Rothert has both his undergraduate ('96) and master's ('99) degrees from Loras in Physical Education where he was a 4 year letterwinner.  He and his wife Karen, a Loras graduate ('98 & '03) and former volleyball student-athlete for the Duhawks, reside in Dubuque with their two sons, Danny and Jack and daughter Kate.

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Matt Pucci - Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Matt Pucci is now in his fifth season with the Duhawk coaching staff. He is now the Associate Head Coach alongside Dan Rothert. Since joining the Duhawks coaching staff in 2010, the men’s teams have won three Regular Season Conference Titles, four Conference Tournament titles and have made 4 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, nine overall since 2005.  On top of that, the men’s teams have also made a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2010 and Back-to-Back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013.


Pucci was a four-year member of the Loras varsity team from 2004-2007. During that time Pucci helped the Duhawks to two Iowa Conference regular season championships, two Iowa Conference tournament championships, three NCAA tournament teams including the Duhawks first NCAA Appearance in 2005, and was a captain of the first ever FINAL FOUR and undefeated team in 2007 while going 23-0-2 and ranked #2 in the country.


As a player, Pucci’s honors include being named to the NSCAA All-Region 1st Team, All-Region 1st Team as well as All-Conference 1st Team while putting together the fourth best offensive season in program history his senior year, by scoring a league-high 17 goals and is currently ranked in the top ten for career goals as well.


Pucci's coaching career began during his time on the Duhawks roster with the boy's high school teams at Hempstead and Wahlert. While the Head Varsity Coach with the Golden Eagles in 2008, the team won the IHSAA 1A State Championship and he was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Upon concluding his time in Dubuque, Pucci spent two seasons with Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn. The Cougars qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of those two seasons, winning the Freedom Conference twice.


Pucci earned his bachelor's degree from Loras College in Public Relations in 2008 and followed with his master's in Management from Misericordia University in May of 2010. His professional coaching licenses include both the National Diploma and Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and is a candidate to complete the highest course attainable, the Premier Diploma, in the summer of 2014.


Originally from Libertyville, Ill., Pucci now resides in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife , Carrye.

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Justin McCord - Assistant Coach - 3rd Season

Justin McCord is the head men's reserves coach and assistant varsity coach under Dan Rothert. A 2010 graduate of Loras College, McCord was a member of the 2007 and 2008 squads that advanced to the NCAA Final Four.


In addition to his responsibilities at Loras, McCord is also the head coach at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa. In June 2012, McCord led the Golden Eagles to a 2A State Championship.


Originally a native Crystal Lake, Ill., McCord now resides in Dubuque with his wife Mackie, a 2010 graduate and former Loras Women's Soccer standout.

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Chris Comstock - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Chris Comstock is entering his third season as a member of Coach Rother's staff. His primary responsibilities reside with the men's reserves program, but assists with the varsity squad on a regular basis. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Comstock is an Admissions Counselor for Loras College.


\As a player for Coach Rothert, Comstock was a first team all-conference selection and a member of the 2008 squad that advanced to the Final Four in Greensboro, N.C.


A native of Jacksonville, Illinois, Comstock now resides in Dubuque, Iowa.