ABOUT COACH LOPES
Coach Lopes Signs Contract Extension
Coaching Highlights (At Providence)
43-31-7 Overall Record (2014-17)
4 Consecutive Winning Seasons (2014-17)
4 BIG EAST Postseason Appearances (2014-17)
1 BIG EAST Tournament Final Appearance (2015)
Year-By-Year Record (At Providence)
2014: 9-8-2 (5-4 BIG EAST)
2015: 13-8-1 (5-4 BIG EAST)
2016: 11-7-2 (5-3-1 BIG EAST)
2017: 10-8-2 (5-3-1 BIG EAST)
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Sam Lopes was named head coach of the Providence College women's soccer program on April 10, 2014, and will embark on his third season on the sidelines in 2016, as the ninth head coach in program history.
In his first two seasons as head coach, Lopes has guided the Friars to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1991 (11-5-0) and 1992 (10-9-2) and back-to-back appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 1993 and 1994.
During the 2016 season, Lopes led the Friars to its third-consecutive winning season with an 11-7-2 overall record a 5-3-1 mark in conference play. The team earned its third-consecutive appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Friars faced St. John’s in the quarterfinal round of the Tournament and fell to the Johnies, 1-0.
Lopes guided Kristyn Shea, Hannah Wear and Kathryn Hiller to All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. Shea also broke the Friars’ all-time shutout record with 25 career shutouts, the accolade was previously held by Caroline Haines ‘03 (19).
Lopes mentored three All-BIG EAST selections in his first season at the helm, including the program's first-ever All-BIG EAST First-Team honoree in Catherine Zimmerman. Zimmerman was one of two unanimous selections on the First Team. Christina Klaum, who was honored on the All-BIG EAST Second Team, also was invited to the United States Soccer Under-19 Women's National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. in April 2015.
During the 2015 campaign, Lopes directed the Friars to a 13-8-1 overall record and a 5-4 record in conference play. The Friars' 13 victories marked the most in program history, and just the fifth double-digit win season for the program all-time.
Providence secured the No. 6 seed in the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Tournament and advanced to the championship game with a quarterfinal victory against DePaul (1-0) and a thrilling semifinal win against Georgetown in which Providence advanced on penalty kicks (1-1). The Friars' tournament run came to an end in the tournament final, falling to Butler, 1-0. Zimmerman was tabbed BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player, marking just the second Friar all-time to earn the honor, joining former Providence goalkeeper Jennifer Mead (1993). Klaum and Kathryn Hiller were honored along with Zimmerman as members of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Zimmerman capped her career with the Friars as the program's only four-time BIG EAST post-season honoree, having earned First-Team recognition in back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015. She also was a Second-Team selection in 2013 and finished her freshman season as a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team pick in 2012. Zimmerman currently plays professionally for Sky Blue FC of the NWSL.
Zimmerman also was named to the 2015 NEWISA All-New England First Team, NSCAA NCAA Division I All-Northeast Region Second Team, while goalkeeper Kristyn Shea made an appearance on the NEWISA All-New England Second Team. Shea was in net for all eight of the Friars' shut-out victories, tying former Friar Caitlin Walker (2011) for the most shutouts during a single season in program history.
During his first season with the Friars in 2014, Lopes led Providence to a 9-8-2 overall record and a 5-4 finish in the BIG EAST Conference. It marked the Friars' first winning season since 2010. Additionally, Lopes guided Providence to its fourth appearance all-time in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, and first since 2011.
Lopes spent one season as the head coach at New Hampshire during the 2013 campaign. He coached three Wildcat players who earned America East post-season honors. Goalkeeper Mimi Borkan earned a spot on the 2013 America East All-Rookie squad, while Hannah Blondin and Colleen Murray nabbed spots on the All-Academic Team.
Prior to his term at UNH, Lopes spent two years as an assistant coach at Providence College (2011-2012). In his first season with the Friars, Lopes assisted Providence to their first BIG EAST Tournament game since 1994. Providence then defeated Rutgers, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals. He also helped coach Jenna Roncarati to her third-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor. As the assistant at Providence, Lopes handled recruiting, scouting, travel and budgeting, as well as monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes and planning team training and individual workouts.
Lopes was the head assistant women's coach at Southern Connecticut State University from 2005-2011. He was highly involved in recruiting, planning off-season training and helped establish the Freshman Athletic Scholastic Training (F.A.S.T.) academic program.
Lopes, a 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac University, received a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. He was a four-year member of the soccer team and was a captain during his senior season. After playing at Quinnipiac, Lopes went on to play in the United States Soccer League for the Connecticut Wolves and the Westchester Flames.
He began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Additionally, Lopes served as an assistant coach with the Boston Breakers (2010-11), Quickstrike Lady Blues (2009) and New England Mutiny (2007-08).
Lopes and his wife, Lisa, who is entering her sixth season as associate head coach of the Providence College field hockey team, were married in June 2015. The couple has one son, Jax, who was born in July.