Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns has announced the addition of Alex Piekarski to the coaching staff. In his role as an assistant coach, Piekarski will oversee the Aggie goalkeepers while assisting with day-to-day coaching responsibilities.
"We are excited for Alex to join our staff. His time at St. Cloud State has prepared him for the transition to Division I soccer," Cairns said. "He is a young, energetic coach who will have a positive influence in developing our goalkeepers, our recruiting and our overall team progression. His energy, enthusiasm and passion for coaching will really benefit our program."
Piekarski comes to Utah State from St. Cloud State, a Division II school in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the women's soccer team. He worked directly with the St. Cloud State goalkeepers, while also coordinating team travel, film breakdown, scouting and community service and was directly involved with all aspects of recruiting. Last season, the Huskies finished with a 9-6-3 overall record, ending the campaign in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament.
"I am excited to join the Utah State soccer family," Piekarski said. "I am thankful to coach Cairns for giving me the opportunity to join such an outstanding program and I look forward to making a positive impact with the student-athletes."
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Piekarski worked as the director of recreational soccer for the Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. He also spent two seasons as a goalkeeper coach for the Appleton Soccer Club, while also serving as the head coach for two teams in the association.
Piekarski holds a National “D” license from the United States Soccer Federation, as well as a National Diploma and Level 3 Goalkeeping License from the NSCAA.
Piekarski was a four-year letterwinner at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He earned first-team Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference honors in 2011 and 2012, and was a second-team honoree in 2010. Additionally, he earned NACC all-academic honors each of his four seasons.
Piekarski graduated from Lakeland University in 2014 with a dual bachelor's degree in middle childhood/early adolescence education and history. He recently completed his master's degree in sports administration at St. Cloud State.
Piekarksi replaces three-year assistant and USU soccer alum Molli Merrill who recently accepted a teaching position at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City.
Utah State soccer returns nine starters and 18 letterwinners to the 2016 roster. The Aggies open the season in exhibition play at Southern Utah on Saturday, Aug. 13, with official competition beginning at South Dakota State on Friday, Aug. 19.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.