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(Dover, Del.) – Delaware State University officially announced the hiring of Kortney Rhoades as its new women’s soccer head coach Wednesday afternoon, making her the sixth coach of the program’s 15-year existence.dsu soccer kortney rhoadesRhoades

“I’m super excited for the opportunity to come to DSU,” said Rhoades, who comes over from Division II Colorado Mesa after spending two seasons as an assistant coach.  “I get to come home and I think if anything, the biggest draw is that I get to bring my experiences from South Carolina where I played and Colorado Mesa.  You can’t really beat that.”

Rhoades replaces DSU’s all-time wins leader (15) in Kerri Scroope, who was named the head coach at Pacific back in February.  In three seasons under Scroope, the Hornets enjoyed the most success in program history, highlighted by back-to-back Independent Conference Tournament championships the previous two seasons.  In 2015, the Hornets set program single-season best marks for most wins (8), victories in a row (4), games played (20), goals (36), points (91), shots (235) and shots on-goal (110).

“My goal is to continue the growth that Coach Scroope was able to do while she was here,” said Rhoades.  “From what I’ve seen, we already have a good program here and my expectation would be to just keep growing it and get that Del. State name out there more than just the Tri-State area.”

“One of my best attributes is that I played at a level that not everyone gets to play at.  I experienced winning championships, playing in the NCAA Tournament and going to the Sweet 16.  Getting that experience as a player I can say this is what I did and this is what it took to get there.”

Rhoades’ coaching background also includes serving as a student assistant with South Carolina in 2012, in addition to a similar role with Padua Academy before heading to Colorado Mesa.

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