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WestConn Fills A Pair Of Head Coaching Positions

WestConn Fills A Pair Of Head Coaching Positions

DANBURY, CT – Western Connecticut State University Director of Athletics Lori R. Mazza announced the appointment of two head coaches on Monday.  Alex Harrison, had the interim tag removed after two seasons at the helm of the Colonials' women's soccer program.  Roger Knick has been named Head Coach of the men's golf program, which returns to intercollegiate status after dissolving following the 1990 season. 

During his tenure as Interim Head Coach, Harrison led WestConn to two Little East Conference Tournament titles and subsequent appearances in the NCAA Division III national championships, the 12th and 13th in program history.

Harrison has compiled a 32-8-4 overall and 11-1-2 LEC records over the past two campaigns.

The Southbury resident was an assistant coach the previous five seasons under legendary coach Joe Mingachos.  Mingachos moved over to coach WestConn's men's soccer program, in 2016, after leading the women's program to 11 NCAA Tournaments.

Prior to WestConn, Harrison coached Brookfield High School boys' soccer and had a stint as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Central Connecticut State University's and the Blue Devils' men's soccer program.

He is currently the Director of Coaching for Connecticut Football Club Extreme and runs day-to-day operations at Soccer Extreme.

Harrison was an All-American at CCSU, a two-time Player of the Year and the Rookie of the Year for the Northeast Conference.  

In his sophomore year, he was the NCAA Division I leading goal scorer.  

After graduating from Central in 2007 with a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, he was drafted in the first round, as the sixth pick, to the Milwaukee Wave in the Major Indoor Soccer League.  

Harrison also played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the United Soccer League.

"We had a great pool of candidates for our head women's soccer position.  Several things that stood out was his commitment to WestConn, to the continued success of the program and to the community at large.  Alex's passion for the sport and most of all the success of his players on and off the field was evident and are fortunate to have him join our staff as a permanent hire at WestConn," said Mazza.

Knick is well known in Fairfield County and the Northeast.  He founded and has been President of Golf Performance Center in nearby Ridgefield, CT since 2006.

The Golf Performance Center is the northeast's number one golf academy for aspiring young golf athletes, and since opening 12 years ago, has helped over 100 athletes participate at over 80 colleges around the country.

Knick also heads the Ethan Allen Preparatory, the Giving Young People A Chance Foundation and the Junior Golf Hub.

"As a Golf Performance Specialist, I have spent my entire 20-plus-year career developing and refining my knowledge and practical application of functional exercise and its relationship to human and golf performance," said Knick.

 "I frequently speak on sports development for performance to aspiring junior athletes and competitive adult athletes.  I have served as a consultant to many players and universities on golf and many other sports as it relates to enhanced performance," added Knick.

Knick, a Ridgefield, CT resident, played professionally for seven years from 1990 to 1996 then went on to be a Golf Professional at Grand Cypress Golf Resort and Academy, Redding Country Club and Sunningdale Country Club in Westchester County, NY.

"We are excited to have a coach like Roger on our staff.  When you talk about recruitment and development of players, Roger's background and commitment over the years, really is the perfect fit for WestConn," stated Mazza.  "I am excited about the interest and talent it has drawn from current and prospective student athletes in the region, and look forward to seeing our WestConn men's golf team play in the fall."

The Colonials' golf program will begin intercollegiate play in the fall of 2018.