FROSTBURG, MD —
Frostburg State University announced the recent hirings of Denise Rogers and Jamie Olson as assistant coaches for the Bobcat women's soccer teams.
Rogers comes to Frostburg after enjoying an outstanding playing career as a defender at the high school and collegiate levels. A 1999 graduate of Urbana High School, she played four years for current FSU head coach Brian Parker, serving as a team captain all four seasons.
Rogers was named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year twice and became Urbana’s first-ever All-State player, earning honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She was also one of the original members of the Frederick United Soccer Club whith Parker directed from 1996-2002.
Rogers then went on to the University of Mississippi, where she played two years before transferring to Elon (N.C.) College. At Elon, she helped the Phoenix to a combined 14-19-2 record, posting one goal and two assists out of the backfield.
In 2001, Elon won the Big South Conference regular-season title and advanced to the Big South Conference championship match.
Rogers, who will complete her degree in business from Elon in July, plans to pursue a master’s in business administration at Frostburg State.
"Denise will bring a fresh perspective and her experiences can only benefit our program," said Parker. "Her familiarity with my philosophy and style of coaching will help her fit in and be effective immediately."
Olson joins the Bobcats after a strong career as a goalkeeper at Campbell (N.C.) University. She posted a school career-record 294 saves to go along with a 2.07 goals against average.
A graduate of nearby Chambersburg Area (Pa.) High School, Olson was an all-region selection by the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News and was a Mid-Penn All-Star.
Olson, who is playing for the semi-pro Northern Virginia Majestics this summer, earned her degree in exercise science from Campbell in May. She is pursuing her master’s degree in interdisciplinary education with an emphasis in sports management.
"Jamie is a top-flight goalkeeper who will not only challenge our keepers instructionally but will be a role model as well," Parker said. "I think we've assembled an excellent staff that will help us remain one of the top programs in the region."
Last season, the Bobcats posted a 10-8-4 overall record, won their second straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Divison III Tournament for the second consecutive year.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303