Rosato, Desimone join women's soccer staff

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard women’s soccer coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara has announced the hiring of Kristin Rosato and Kristy Desimone as assistant coaches for the 2014 campaign.

Rosato graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012 where she is the all-time leader in games played for the Falcons. She was named to the Peach Belt’s second team all-conference roster and was a third team All-Southeast Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team MVP and three-year captain also competed an assistant coaching internship at Montevallo where she assisted with training, served in various administrative roles, and became heavily involved in recruiting. She was recruited to play for the Falcons by Shinohara, who left an assistant coaching position at Montevallo in 2009 to take over the Brevard program.

“It’s great to be reunited with ‘Shug’ and to become a part of the Brevard family,” said Rosato. “I’m really excited to learn from him and I can’t wait for the girls to get on campus and get started.”

In addition to her work at Montevallo, Rosato has served as the head coach at Alabaster Soccer Club and in an assistant coaching role at Hoover High School in suburban Birmingham. She has also worked as a personal trainer.

“I am absolutely delighted for ‘Rizzo’ to join our staff,” said Shinohara. “She will be a great addition for us. I have recruited and coached her and she’s known me since I started my collegiate coaching career. She has learned a lot and is very eager to be one of the best coaches in college soccer. I’m absolutely thrilled at her taking an assistant role with our program and she’ll be a great asset.”

Rosato during her playing days at Montevallo

Also joining the coaching staff will be Kristy Desimone, a 2011 graduate of Old Dominion. She currently serves as the head coach of the Highland Football Club’s U-11 girls team in Asheville. Desimone spent a year as the coach for the Hampton Road Strikers U-10 girls’ team where she focused heavily on developing player talents through training sessions. She also has served as the Program Director at Bumblebees and Little Strikers, which teaches the basic fundamentals of soccer to preschool-aged children.

“I’m excited to stretch my coaching legs in college and working at Brevard is an amazing opportunity,” Desimone said.

Outside of soccer, Desimone has worked with Women Are Getting Even, an organization dedicated to bridging gender salary gaps, and on a project to teach marine biology to students on the Elizabeth River.

“Kristy is very eager to learn in the coaching field in a collegiate program,” Shinohara said. “She’s got passion about youth coaching and she has coached a number of years for the youth programs. We are very happy to have her on our staff.”

The Brevard women’s soccer team opens its season on Thursday, September 4 with a trip to face King University in Bristol, Tennessee. The Tornados’ first home game will come two days later with a 1:00 p.m. Saturday showdown against Shorter University.

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