Nick Pasquarello, a volunteer assistant coach for the Wisconsin womens soccer team last season, and Jon Szczepanski, who headed the Milwaukee Lutheran varsity boys team from 1993-2001, will join head coach Jeff Rohrman as assistants with the Badger mens soccer program, Rohrman announced today.
I am very excited to have Jon and Nick join our program, said Rohrman. They are both quality individuals who bring a wealth of experience, and the energy and enthusiasm to really do a great job for us.
Pasquarello, who will serve as the Badgers goalkeeper specialist, played at Wisconsin from 1991-1994, starting in net his senior season as the team earned a 14-6-0 overall record and berth to the NCAA Championship. He was named the teams William Reddan Spirit of Soccer Award recipient in 1994, and his 14 victories that year rank third on UWs single-season list.
Recently a volunteer assistant with the UW womens team and a goalkeeper/technical trainer with the Madison 56ers Soccer Club, Pasquarello has worked among the coaching ranks in several youth programs while also competing professionally for the Minnesota Thunder and Indiana Blast in United Soccer Leagues A-League.
Pasquarello graduated from Wisconsin in 1994 with a bachelors degree in Communication Arts. He will finish his duties with the UW womens team, currently on a 12-day international trip to Europe, and join the mens program on June 10.
Szczepanski (sha-PAN-ski), who comes to Wisconsin after one year as an assistant at Yale University, has coached soccer in the Milwaukee area since 1989 when he served as head coach of the Whitefish Bay-Dominican boys junior varsity team.
Im excited about coming home, Szczepanski, a Milwaukee native, said, and Im excited about this opportunity to coach with Coach Rohrman. Im really excited to return home to Wisconsin and help run a program in the Big Ten.
Szczepanski also headed the Milwaukee Lutheran boys varsity team for nine years before joining Yale and was an assistant for the Milwaukee Rampage, a professional A-League team, from 1997-98. Additionally, Szczepanski served as the director of coaching for the Brookfield Soccer Association from 1991-94 and was head coach of the Brookfield Express club team from 1990-95.
Szczepanski played collegiate soccer at UW-Milwaukee from 1985-1988 before competing professionally with the Milwaukee Rampage and Chicago Power. He helped lead the Rampage to a national championship in 1997 and ranks as the teams all-time assist leader.
Szczepanski will join the Badger coaching staff in July.