ADAM COOPER | Head Coach
Adam Cooper enters his 10th season as head coach for the Gaels in 2015 and is the most successful coach in program history.
He is a 2-time WCC Coach of the Year, has led the Gaels to the best stretch of seasons in school history and owns the program's top marks for wins-per-season, overall and WCC winning percentage and conference victories. His teams have finished among the top half in the league standings in six of the last seven years.
In 2014, his team overcame a myriad of injuries to key starters to compile a 12-5-2 record and set program bests for wins in a season, fewest losses in a season and winning percentage. The team's 5-2-0 mark in league play also set a program best as the team finished second in the WCC standings.
That season, Andre Rawls was one of three Gaels to earn first-team all-WCC honors, became the first SMC player to earn WCC Goalkeeper of the Year and was a NSCAA first-team all-Far West Region selection. He was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft by New York City FC.
In 2011, the Gaels registered, arguably, Saint Mary's best season in any sport, as the Gaels advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2011, before falling at eventual national champion, North Carolina. Saint Mary's ended the WCC slate with back-to-back shutouts, lifting SMC to its first-ever West Coast Conference crown. Cooper was named WCC Coach of the Year and eight Gaels were named to the All-Conference Team.
In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Gaels went on the road and won three consecutive games at No. 25 CSU Bakersfield, at No. 7 UC Irvine and at Brown. Cooper's Gaels would finish the year ranked No. 14 in the final NSCAA Poll.
A few months later, SMC goalkeeper Doug Herrick was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS supplemental draft.
In the NCAA Tournament season of 2009, Cooper was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Gaels to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Cooper's Gaels posted the best record in SMC men's soccer history (10-5-5) and became the first team to post ten wins in a season. Cooper had eight players named to the 2009 All-WCC teams including a Defensive Player of the Year award going to junior Jordan Grider. Cooper was also named the NSCAA/MONDO West Region Coach of the Year following the 2009 season.
In his first season at the helm of the Saint Mary's men's soccer program, Adam Cooper led the Gaels to new achievements. For the first time in school history the Gaels downed ranked opponents in back-to-back games. To start the 2006 conference season, SMC defeated No. 11 USF 1-0 and No. 10 USD 4-2.
On top of the team accomplishments, Cooper guided individuals to numerous weekly honors. Alex Christlieb was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week and to the College Soccer News, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the week. Christlieb became the first Gaels to ever receive all four honors in the same week. Dylan Leslie was tabbed WCC Player of the Week the very next selection. Five honors were bestowed on SMC players at the end of the season. Matthew Fitzgerald was named to the first-team while Leslie garnered second-team honors and a selection to the All-Freshmen Team. Desmond Brooks and Christlieb were named honorable mention.
Under the direction of Cooper, two former players were drafted and will continue their soccer careers. Brooks was selected second overall in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA. Brooks became the first men's soccer player at SMC to be drafted by the MLS. Fitzgerald was selected by the California Victory in the 2007 USL First Division College Player Draft.
In addition to Cooper's influence on the Saint Mary's program, the fifth-year head coach was also bestowed another highly-touted coaching position by being named the head coach for of the U.S. Maccabi junior boy's squad. Cooper lead the United States to the World Maccabi Games in Israel in 2009 and a team of 14 and 15 year olds to the Maccabi Pan-American games in Argentina in 2007. Cooper also serves on the Region IV coaching staff.
After serving as an assistant coach for the Saint Mary's men's soccer team for five seasons, Cooper was promoted to head coach as a unanimous choice by the selection committee, players and staff. Cooper officially took over the program on December 29, 2005.
As an assistant at SMC, Cooper was instrumental in the Gaels tying a school-record with nine wins in 2005. Cooper has also stamped his name on some impressive recruiting classes that included, 2003 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year Matthew Fitzgerald, 2005 Freshman of the Year Michael Clegg and 2004 Second-Team Freshman All-American Brian Mason.
Cooper's coaching experience includes six years as a co-coach of the Los Angeles Maccabi boy's soccer team, which won six straight gold medals in the United States Maccabi Games from 1995-01. He also co-coached the varsity boys soccer team at Calabasas High School from 1999-01, guiding the team to the Frontier League Championship.
Cooper served as the Technical Director for MDSL soccer club from 2003-05, was Diablo FC's Associate Director of Coaching and is currently the Associate Director of Coach & Player Development and College Advisory for Walnut Creek Soccer Club.
Cooper's playing experience includes one year of professional soccer with the Orange County Waves in the Division II A-League where he was the seventh pick in the first round of the 2000 A-League draft. Prior to playing professionally, Cooper was a four-year letter-winner at UCLA, helping the Bruins to the NCAA Championship in 1997 and a Final Four appearance in 1999. During that time he earned Academic All-Conference honors in 1996 and 1999 and completed a bachelor's degree in Sociology.
JOSH DUFFY | Assistant Coach
Josh Duffy enters his first season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Saint Mary's College in 2017 after serving as a scout for Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City.
Duffy brings a solid background which includes coaching at all levels. Prior to scouting for Sporting Kansas City, Duffy spent his time in the Bay Area at the Walnut Creek Soccer Club where he was teh Assistant Director of Coaching from 2007-08, and then again from 2012-16.
Duffy currently works with U.S. Soccer and has been coaching goalkeepers and field players since 2009. He is directly involved in identifying and training Northern California's top players, while also recommending players straight into Youth National Team Camps.
From 2009-11, he served as an Assistant Coach at Fresno State when the Bulldogs were crowned 2010 WAC Champions and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to coaching at Fresno State, Duffy was also Director of Coaching for California Odyssey Soccer Club. During his time with COSC, Duffy helped coach their USSDA Program to back to back National Finals appearances in the U-16 age-group, helping place multiple players on the U17-20 Youth National Teams. During that same period, California Odyssey was also named #1 Development Club in CA and #9 in the USA by Soccer America.
A former student-athlete at Saint Mary’s, Duffy was a 4-year letterwinner and team captain for the Gaels in 2003 and 2004, while earning All Conference honors in 2001.
Along with playing as a Gael, Duffy was a part of the reserve team for the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS. Duffy spent five years in the USL Premier Developmental League playing for the Kansas City Brass. He then went overseas to have short stints in both the Netherlands as well as Germany.
Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Duffy grew up playing for the Kansas City Attack Soccer Club and went on to win the USYSA Andy Stone Cup (U-18 National Title) with Scott Gallagher Soccer Club (St. Louis, MO) in 2000. During his time at Blue Valley Northwest High School, Duffy also earned All-American nominations as both a Defender and a Goalkeeper.
Duffy graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology, where he was on both the West Coast Conference’s Commissioner Honor Roll and Dean’s List.
Duffy holds a USSF National "A" License, as well as NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping, NSCAA Director of Coaching, NSCAA LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion, NSCAA Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer, and NSCAA 4v4 and 7v7/9v9 Diplomas. Duffy resides in Lafayette with his wife, Carrie and two children, Mason and Emma.
STEPHEN WONDOLOWSKI | Assistant Coach
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