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Dan Doniga- Full Bio


Coach Donigan was named head coach for the Rutgers men’s soccer program on January 22, 2010. He is also the President and Director of Rutgers Soccer Academy. A Hamilton, N.J. native, Donigan enters his sixth year at the helm of the RU Men's Soccer Program.


In 2012, Donigan’s team finished fifth in the country for strength of schedule along with earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for the second consecutive year. In only Donigan’s second season “On The Banks” in 2011, he led his team to a 10-7-4 overall record and 6-1-2 record in the BIG EAST. RU posted the best turnaround in BIG EAST competition since the league expanded to 16 teams in 2005. The Scarlet Knights advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament (round of 16) and finished No. 23 in the final National Soccer NSCAA rankings. Donigan was recognized with NSCAA/Mondo Coach of the Year honors for the NCAA Division I Northeast region.


Before taking over at RU, Donigan posted a 118-42-23 (.708) overall record in nine seasons at Saint Louis University.  Donigan
was a three-time conference and two-time regional Coach of the Year while at Saint Louis, guiding the Billikens to seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a pair of trips to the quarterfinals (round of 16) and an Elite Eight appearance.  While at Saint Louis, Donigan coached seven NSCAA All-Americans, 36 NSCAA All-Region selections and 65 student-athletes who received all-conference (C-USA, A-10) honors. In addition, Donigan has mentored 11 players that garnered conference Player of the Year accolades.


Donigan began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, in 1994. He spent three seasons with the Huskies before joining the Saint Louis staff as an assistant from 1997-2000.  Always placing an emphasis on academic excellence, Donigan had a total of five NSCAA Scholar All-Americans, four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 14 named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.  Most recently his Rutgers University team received the NSCAA College Team Academic Award in back-to-back-to-back years (2011-2012-2013).  Individually, one of his seniors was the recipient of the 2011 Academic Momentum Award awarded by Scholar Baller and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).  This award recognizes students who have demonstrated improvement in the classroom while balancing the rigors of being a student athlete.


Donigan also enjoyed great success in helping his former players advance their careers to the professional ranks. Rutgers’ own Kene Eze recently became Donigan’s lastest student-athlete to be drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS) with the third pick of the fourth round of the SuperDraft by Toronto FC. In all, 13 of Donigan’s former student-athletes have been drafted into the MLS, five total by
the USL and MISL, as well as a number who have played overseas.


Donigan carved out quite an illustrious playing career as one of the most heralded collegiate soccer players at the University of Connecticut from 1985-88. He was a three-time All-American and first-team All-New England forward. He also was selected as the BIG EAST Conference Northern Division Player of the Year in his final two seasons. As part of the BIG EAST's 10-year anniversary in 1991,
Donigan was further honored by his selection as the BIG EAST Player of the Decade.


Donigan received the adidas Adi Dassler Award as the nation's "Most Outstanding Senior Soccer Player" in 1988. He also was one of 11 players selected as a 1988 Soccer America MVP, registering team highs of 11 goals and 11 assists while leading UConn to its third NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons. An All-America pick his final three seasons, Donigan was a finalist for Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior.  Donigan finished his Huskie career with 35 goals and 40 assists for 110 points. In the Connecticut record book, he ranks sixth in all-time scoring, third in career assists and tied for ninth in career goals.


Scholastically, Donigan attended Steinert High School in Hamilton Township. He scored 36 goals in his senior year, leading Steinert to the Group III State Championship. In 1999, he was named by the Newark Star-Ledger as one of the top 10 New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1980s.  Donigan earned a degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut and later completed his master’s degree in higher education at Saint Louis University.


DONIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Overall Record: 149-73-31
Conference Record: 77-29-11 (C-USA 2001-04, A-10 2005-09, BIG EAST 2011-12, American 2013)


Coach of the Year:
Conference-USA – 2001
NSCAA Midwest Region - 2003
Atlantic-10 – 2006
Atlantic-10 – 2007
NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region – 2007
NSCAA Northeast Region - 2011


NCAA Appearances:
2001 – Quarterfinals
2002 – Third Round
2003 – Quarterfinals
2006 – Second Round
2007 – First Round
2008 – Second Round
2009 – Second Round
2011 – Third Round


Conference Tournament Championships:
Conference-USA – 2001, 02, 03
Atlantic-10 – 2009


NSCAA All-Americans (7)
NSCAA All-Region Selections (39)
All-Conference Selections (75)
Conference Player of the Year Honorees (11)
NSCAA Scholar All-Americans (5)
CoSIDA Academic All-District Team members (14)
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (4)

MLS Draft Picks (13)
MLS Combine Invitees (14)





Dave Beck - Full Bio

Dave Beck is in his fifth season with the Rutgers men’s soccer program. In 2013, he was elevated to Associate Head Coach of the program. Beck is also in his fifth year as a lead instructor for Rutgers Soccer Academy. He was named the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region


Prior to his time at RU, Beck spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Louis.During his tenure with Saint Louis, the Billikens amassed 52 wins and enjoyed four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He has coached three All-Americans and six players who went on to be drafted by Major League Soccer.  Beck holds his USSF "C" License. 


In 2007, Beck helped construct a recruiting class that was ranked 21st in the nation by CollegeSoccerNews.com. He also played a major role in recruiting a class ranked 24th in 2008. The Billikens’ 12-member class in 2009 was ranked among the top 10 in the nation by Soccer America.


Beck came to Saint Louis after spending six seasons on the coaching staff at NAIA power Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He was involved in all facets of the Lions' program including scouting, recruiting and training. The Lions won the 2004 NAIA National Championship and qualified for the NAIA Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Beck played two years at Florissant Valley Community College before transferring to Lindenwood to complete his collegiate career. He played professionally in 1999 for the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Beck earned a bachelor's degree in sport management from Lindenwood.





Bryant Knibbs - Full Bio

Former Scarlet Knight Bryant Knibbs begins his first season as an assist coach at his alma mater. Knibbs had served as a graduate assistant with the program since 2012.

A four-year letterwinner in the midfield from 2008-11, Knibbs appeared in 72 contests for the Scarlet Knights and helped lead Rutgers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2011.

During his senior campaign, the Scarlet Knights captured one of the best turnarounds in BIG EAST history, finishing second in the Red Division, and earned an at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. During the tournament run, Knibbs and the Scarlet Knights gave RU its first third round appearance since 2001, defeating Colgate and upsetting No. 4 and eighth-ranked Boston College along the way. Knibbs totaled 21 starts on the season and was among the Scarlet Knights' top point totalers with four goals and three assists.

The former Scarlet Knight was the recipient of the Richard Ferraro Award, given to RU's most inspirational player, as a sophomore in 2009 and was the George Dochat Sportmanship Award winner as a senior in 2011.

Knibbs came to Rutgers as a two-time all-state and first team regional selection out of Pine Bush High School in New York. He played for four seasons on New York ODP, earning Regional All-American honors, and played with the Wallkill Fire from 1999-2008.

Knibbs began his coaching career last season, joining the Rutgers men's soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Last year, the Scarlet Knights made a late season run in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, which included an upset of top-seeded and seventh-ranked Louisville in the tournament quarterfinals. Additionally, RU knocked off No. 19 Memphis and took No. 5 Akron to double overtime during the regular season.




Mike Romeo - Full Bio

Mike Romeo enters his fourth season as an assistant on the Rutgers men’s soccer staff. Romeo boasts more than 25 years of coaching experience and helps mentor the Scarlet Knight goalkeepers.  Romeo is also in his third year as a goalkeeper instructor for Rutgers Soccer Academy.  Romeo most recently served as the head soccer coach at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison for 11 seasons. He was named the 2010 Home News Tribune Area Boy’s High School Soccer Coach of the Year and in 2007, he was awarded the Prep Soccer Boy’s Coach of the Year by the Star-Ledger. Romeo has developed a unique and insightful approach to training and teaching goalkeepers of all ages and abilities, helping many of his former pupils reach the Division I and professional levels. Romeo has coached professionally with the Penn-Jersey Spirit of the A-League in 1990 and the United Soccer League's Central Jersey Riptide in 1998, where he also served as the team’s General Manager. He was appointed head coach of the USL's New Brunswick Brigade in 2000. A native of Metuchen, N.J., Romeo was an All-State and All-County goalkeeper. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 1980 Middlesex County Tournament, helping lead Metuchen High School to the school’s only county championships in 1979 and 1980. He went on to play at Kean University and later spent 12 seasons as a goalkeeper in the Garden State Soccer League (semi-pro) from 1984 to 1995.