The Lehman Athletic Department has officially announced the launch of its first-ever women’s soccer team with the hiring of Amanda Popoli as the team’s first head coach. Season one is set to begin in August, with a full collegiate schedule of fourteen home and away contests to be played on the College’s South Field.
Popoli has several years’ experience as a coach in some of the region’s top schools, including Harrison High School in Harrison, N.Y. A former team captain of Adelphi University’s Panthers women’s soccer team, Popoli enjoyed a run to the NCAA Tournament as well as an East Coach Conference (ECC) Championship during her time with the team. Adelphi is a NCAA Division II school.
Following her collegiate playing career, Popoli was given the opportunity to play with an Italian “A” level professional team in Trieste, Italy, as well as with Sky Blue FC of the women’s professional soccer league.
“Amanda Popoli brings a great deal of energy and knowledge about the game of women’s soccer to Lehman College, and we are fully confident in her ability to mentor the Lightning’s inaugural program into one that will be a model for years to come,” said Lehman Athletic Director Dr. Martin Zwiren.
The addition of women’s soccer will boost Lehman’s total team offerings to eighteen, with nine geared specifically to women. Those currently available include basketball, volleyball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, tennis, and softball, making Lehman one of the very few City University of New York Athletic Conference schools to provide a large number of team and individual sport opportunities for women.
“Lehman Athletics is excited to present yet another opportunity for our female students to get involved in the college student-athlete experience,” said Dr. Zwiren. “We look forward to watching and developing those young women who choose to participate on this new team, not only as student-athletes but also as members of the Lehman College community.”
Those interested in trying out for the team can contact Coach Popoli by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-960-1142.