Megan Jessee Named Women's Soccer Head Coach

Photo Credit: Brian Westerholt
Photo Credit: Brian Westerholt

KINGSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced Megan Jessee as the ninth women's soccer head coach in program history Monday. Jessee arrives at Rhode Island after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach at Wake Forest.

"We are thrilled to have Megan join the Rhode Island Athletics family as our new women's soccer head coach," Bjorn said.  "She has enjoyed success at every level of soccer and possesses the passion, energy and leadership qualities that we sought. I am excited to work with her."

While with the Demon Deacons, Jessee was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the women's soccer program. She worked with the Demon Deacon goalkeepers, totaling 86 shutouts during her tenure - including 15 shutouts in 2009 and 14 in 2011, which rank as the two highest totals in school history.

"I am very excited to be the new head coach of Rhode Island women's soccer," Jessee said. "I would like to thank Thorr Bjorn and the search committee for giving me this opportunity.  I look forward to meeting the players and getting to work.

"After playing at UConn and growing up in Pennsylvania, I couldn't be more excited to get back to my roots in the Northeast. The women's soccer program has a history of success and I look forward to helping the Rams return to national prominence.

"I would also like to thank Tony da Luz, he has been a great mentor and friend during my time at Wake. I am going to miss all the players and staff that I have created great relationships with at Wake Forest. It is bittersweet to be leaving a great place like Wake Forest. However I am excited for my future at Rhode Island." 

Jessee helped guide Wake Forest to the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference team title and six NCAA Championship appearances.  In 2009, the Demon Deacons program reached historic heights, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship and finishing with a final national ranking of No. 8 in the country.

Prior to her time at Wake Forest, Jessee spent a year as the women's soccer graduate assistant at Slippery Rock University. While at Slippery Rock, Jessee served as the field player and goalkeeper coach and also helped with recruiting and team operations.

Jessee also has coached for the Connecticut Olympic Development Program, the FSA Soccer Plus Football Club, Soccer Plus Camps and the Region 1 ODP Girls Soccer Camp.