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Piekarski to lead Lady Rangers soccer

 

April 12, 2020



ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University director of athletics Brad Franz has announced Alex Piekarski will take over as the new head coach of the Rangers women's soccer program.

Piekarski takes the helm as the sixth head coach, as he succeeds Erik Solberg, who resigned to take the head coaching position at NCAA Division I University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

“We are very excited to welcome head coach Alex Piekarski to the Ranger Family,” said Franz. “Alex brings success to our program from multiple levels and understands very acutely the NCAA DII level having been in the ever tough conferences. Alex proved he can win at a high level as a head coach and we are excited for him to continue that success. He fits the model of the type of coach we are looking for: Integrity, hard work, academically ingrained, a teacher of the game, tenacious recruiter and an excellent leader of a team. He brings great enthusiasm and drive to our program. I am excited for his leadership and the year ahead.”

Piekarski comes to Northwestern following a year at Hastings College leading the team to a 17-5 record, earning a birth in the NAIA National Tournament. While leading the team he has eight players honored by the Great Plains Athletic Conference as all-conference players, including four first-team All-GPAC honorees.

Before his time at Hastings, Piekarski was the assistant coach for two seasons at NCAA division II, Wayne State in Wayne, Neb. He coordinated recruiting at Wayne State and implemented the academic monitoring program. During his tenure, the team achieved an overall 3.70 GPA. His other responsibilities included practice planning, overseeing compliance, and organizing team travel and camps.

“I am honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the soccer program at Northwestern Oklahoma State. I am thankful to Dr. Cunningham and Coach Franz for their trust in me and this fantastic opportunity. The university supports this program to be successful in the classroom and on the field and we will have high expectations for our student-athletes. It is clear that the Alva community is an amazing place that really supports the Rangers and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Prior to joining the Wayne State University staff at Wayne State 2017, he spent a year at NCAA Division I Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Piekarski got his first collegiate coaching job in 2014 as the assistant coach at NCAA Division II St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

 

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