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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After completing her fifth year as the head women's soccer coach at Mississippi Valley State University, Sonia Curvelo has announced her acceptance as the head women's soccer coach for the Cleveland State University Vikings.

Curvelo will become the second head coach at CSU in the history of the women's soccer program. She is scheduled to begin her new position in January. Curvelo will be taking over for former head coach Derrek Falor as he completes his 10th year with CSU. Dallas Boyer will remain on the staff as an assistant coach to work alongside Curvelo.Sonia CurveloCurvelo photo

Curvelo leaves behind a long line of success with the Devilettes, both on and off the field. During her time at MVSU, Curvelo led the Devilettes to the to SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) tournament in each of her five seasons (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Since coming to MVSU, 12 players were selected to the 2013 SWAC Preseason Soccer team, 12 players were named SWAC All-Conference, 14 named SWAC All-Tournament and one student-athlete earned the 2012 SWAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

During the 2012 season, Curvelo led the Devilettes to their third SWAC Tournament title in school history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She was also named the 2012 SWAC Coach of the Year. In addition, the MVSU women's soccer team ranked first amongst MVSU's 15 sports in team GPA with a 3.59.

Prior to arriving at MVSU, Curvelo served as an associate coach at Fanshawe College in Ontario, a player development coach at the SB9 Soccer Academy in Tampa, Fla., and a coach for the Rochester Rhinos Soccer Academy. She will now begin her second head coaching position of her career.

Curvelo, a former member of the Portugal National Team, is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association, the United States Soccer Federation and the Alliance of Women Coaches. A graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, Curvelo also served as the SWAC soccer chairperson.

"I have enjoyed my time while at MVSU and also working with everyone in the SWAC.  I feel grateful for the knowledge and friendships that I have gained. I wish each institution and the conference continued success", says Curvelo.


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