Soccer Adds Alexis Rusch as Assistant Coach

August 15, 2014

SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) head women’s soccer coach, Mike Aycock, has announced the hiring of former player Alexis Rusch as the Pomeroys’ new assistant soccer coach.

Rusch has been with the Pomeroys’ soccer program as a volunteer assistant in the past but will now step into the role of assistant coach. Rusch also spent four years as a goalkeeper with the Pomeroys from 2004-2008. “Having played here for four years myself, I feel a strong connection to The Woods and desire to do what it takes to make this a better program,” said Rusch, when asked about joining the coaching staff at her alma mater.

A part of Rusch’s responsibilities will be working with the goalkeepers, which will suit her and the team well given her experience as an SMWC goalkeeper. “She will provide our goalkeeping training, which is a key element for any team’s staff, and she is the kind of person who likes to roll up her sleeves and get things done,” said coach Aycock.

“I can't think of a better person to be working alongside,” said Rusch, when asked about the opportunity to work with her former coach. “Coach Aycock is one of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to soccer. I came here not only to contribute my knowledge, but to learn a great deal from coach Aycock because he has so much knowledge to offer,” added Rusch. Coach Aycock is as equally thrilled by the opportunity. “I’m very pleased to have a former player and experienced coach in Alexis Rusch to help us with the program,” said coach Aycock. “Best of all, she really lives the values of the college, having been on numerous mission trips, even after she graduated. We’re fortunate to have her, and I look forward to a great year with her.”

After graduating from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rusch went on to serve as the head girl’s varsity coach at South Knox High School for five years, 2008-2012. In her time at SKHS, Rusch led South Knox to back-to-back Blue Chip Conference Championships and a sectional runner-up finish.

Rusch is currently finishing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Indiana State University, where she teaches art appreciation. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from SWMC and will teach at SMWC this fall.

“I want to thank everyone that has supported me and given me this opportunity. It's going to be a successful and fun season for Pomeroy soccer,” said Rusch.