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September 26, 2012

Athletic Department Announces Men's and Women's Soccer Coaches

McKeesport, Pa- With the addition of Men's and Women's Soccer, and play beginning next fall, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department has announced its new Head Coaches: Ashley Davis will be taking the helm of the Women's team, with Achilles Vassilicos leading the Men's team. Both teams will compete in the PSUAC and the USCAA.

Head Athletic Director Jim Chester is excited about the additions, stating, "We are very happy with the additions of Men's and Women's Soccer as a part of the ongoing expansion of our Athletic Department."

Davis is a 2009 graduate from Robert Morris University, earning her degree in Sports Management. She was a two sport varsity athlete (Soccer and Tennis), and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Davis has her "E" license in coaching through the PaWest and United States Soccer Federation, while also being a certified Personal Trainer. She is in her third year as an assistant girls coach at Oakland Catholic High School, and also serves as the assistant coach for the Foothills Soccer Club's U-13 girls team.

Vassilicos earned Graduate Certificates from Standford in Fluids Engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics in 2005, after previously graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1974. He owns six different diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, including: Master Coach Diploma (2011), International Soccer Diploma (2010), Premier Diploma (2007), Advanced National Diploma (2006), National Goalkeeping Diploma (2007), and National Diploma (2004). He also has his UEFA "A" license (Part 1) from the English Football Association. Vassilicos currently serves as an Assistant Head Coach of the Carlow University Women's Soccer team, while previously coaching the Central Valley High School boys team. From 2006-2010, he was also the Head Coach of the Penn Trafford girls soccer team.