Jeff Rohrman, the top assistant coach at nationally respected Maryland for the past seven years, has been named head mens soccer coach at Wisconsin. Assistant Athletic Director John Jentz made the announcement Monday afternoon.
Were thrilled to have a coach with the overall experience and dedication to the sport of soccer that Jeff possesses, said Jentz. His Midwest ties were important as was his extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of the nationally prominent Maryland program. Jeff was diligent in his pursuit of the Wisconsin job, and he demonstrated great enthusiasm for this position and a strong vision for the future of the program.
Rohrman, who teamed with Terps head coach Sasho Cirovski to form one of the NCAAs top coaching tandems, worked closely with every area of Marylands program. He had responsibilities with travel schedules, practice plans, administration and daily interaction with the student-athletes. His strong Midwest ties allowed him to recruit several talented players from the Midwest to Maryland.
Beyond his work with Maryland, Rohrman established himself as one of the top club coaches in the state and worked closely with soccers Olympic Development Program.
I am extremely excited to assume the reins of the Wisconsin soccer program and look forward to the opportunities and challenges, said Rohrman. My ties to the Midwest soccer community are very strong. Our commitment will be toward re-establishing the UW as a strong regional program and developing the total student-athlete. Helping our young men reach their potential as both students and players is our top priority.
The Cirovski-Rohrman duo led Maryland to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven years, including a Final Four appearance in 1998. Rohrman worked with 10 first-team all-ACC players during his tenure at Maryland, including 1997 ACC Player of the Year Leo Cullen. The Terrapins recorded a 94-50-7 (.606) overall record while Rohrman was on staff.
Rohrmans first coaching experience was as head coach at Bethany Lutheran College (1990-91) in Mankato, Minn., where he also played for two seasons. He then spent one year (1991) with the U.S. Olympic Committee coordinating the U-20 National Team. Rohrman was National Teams Coordinator for the U.S. Soccer Federation in Chicago (1991-94) before returning to collegiate coaching at the U.S. Naval Academy as assistant womens coach (1994). He joined the Maryland staff in the spring of 1995.
Rohrman is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the U.S. Coaches Organization. He earned his National A Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation in January of 1999.
As a club coach in Maryland, Rohrman developed a number of regional and national team players.
He played for two seasons at Bethany Lutheran, where he was an all-American and team MVP as a sophomore. Rohrman played his final two years at UW-Milwaukee earning all-state honors and serving as team captain. Rohrman and Cirovski were teammates on the Panthers 1984 squad.
A participant in the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston, Rohrman played professionally in 1986-87 for the Milwaukee Wave of the American Indoor Soccer League. He also played club soccer with Real Santa Barbara of the Western Soccer League (1989) and was on a Minnesota amateur squad that won the 1990 national championship.
Rohrman received his B.S. degree in biological sciences from UW-Milwaukee in 1986 and an M.A. degree in sport administration from Mankato State (now Minnesota State, Mankato) in 1991. Jeff and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter (Danielle) and one son (Nicholas).