(Courtesy of Pacific Media Relations)
Stockton, Calif. - University of the Pacific Director of Athletics Ted Leland has announced the hiring of Kerri Scroope as Head Women's Soccer Coach. Scroope will become just the second Head Coach in the Division I history of the program, which began in 1994.
"I am pleased to have someone of Kerri's ability and vision take over the reigns of our women's soccer program," said Leland. "She has proven herself as an excellent coach and leader of young women everywhere she has been. I feel she will be able to take our program to the next level in the WCC and bring out our athletes' competitive nature. I look forward to working with her."
"I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at the University of the Pacific," said Scroope. "I am grateful to Ted Leland, Holly Trexler and the search committee for having the confidence in me to lead this group of young women and be part of the Tiger Family. I cannot wait to get out on the field with these young ladies and grow the Tigers not only in the WCC but also on the national stage. I also want to thank all of those who supported me at Delaware State. We have grown the program, and I know the players will continue to make it a top program in the Mid-Atlantic."
Scroope joins the Tigers from Delaware State, where she spent three seasons at the helm of the Hornets, finishing as the most successful coach in the history of the program. Most recently, in 2015, Scroope's squad captured its second-straight Independent Conference tournament, while also securing a new program mark for wins (8) and best overall winning percentage (.475). The Hornets also set single-season best marks for most games played (20), goals (36), points (91), shots (235) and shots on-goal (110).
In 2014, Scroope and the Hornets captured the Independent Conference Championship with a 2-0 win over NJIT while the team earned a 3.2 overall grade point average. Scroope was named the College Sports Madness Independent Conference Coach of the Year, while nine players earned Independent All-Conference honors following the season.
In addition to her duties with the Hornets, Scroope served as the Girls Zone 1 Director and Head Coach for the Delaware Union Soccer Club, based in Middletown, Delaware.
Prior to accepting the Delaware State position in 2013, Scroope was head women's soccer coach, head softball coach, assistant women's basketball coach, and assistant facilities coordinator at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 2011, Scroope led the Seahawks to the most successful women's soccer season in program history, finishing with a program record 13 wins while also earning the team's first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship tournament berth.
She guided Salve Regina to three consecutive double-digit win seasons, as well as three-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. Under Scroope, the Seahawks also succeeded in the classroom, earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award in 2011 and 2012. The team compiled a 3.34 team GPA in 2012 while earning the plaudit.
Prior to her arrival at Salve Regina, Scroope served as head coach for the girl's soccer team at Apponequet High School (Lakeville, Mass.) for five seasons (2002-07).
She is a 2000 graduate of Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in social sciences. As a student-athlete at her alma mater, Scroope earned two varsity letters in both soccer and basketball. Scroope also has a master's degree in sport administration from Delaware State.