CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Kate Dylag and Chris White have been named assistant coaches of the Hurricanes soccer program, first-year head coach Mary-Frances Monroe announced Thursday.
“I’m so excited and fortunate to have Kate and Chris join my coaching staff,” Monroe said. “Kate and I have worked together for a few years, and I’m thrilled she decided to join me in Miami. Chris came highly recommended by a number of fantastic coaches. We all can’t wait to get started.”
Dylag arrived in Miami after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant under Monroe at Albany, where she helped guide the Great Danes to the best season in program history in 2011.
“I’m really excited. When Mary-Frances accepted the position and then offered me the opportunity to come with her, I was ecstatic,” Dylag said. “To be in the league again, with someone whose vision I trust, I was just really excited to get down here.”
Prior to her two seasons at Albany, Dylag was an assistant coach with Clemson in 2010, where she had duties in the areas of practice organization and player recruitment. Dylag was an assistant coach at Duquesne in 2009 and has also had assistant coaching stints at NC State (2007-08) and Central Michigan (2003-07).
“There are challenges to the ACC, but having experienced it before, and realizing Coach Monroe and the mentality she has, I know we will be competitive and want to win ACC Championships,” Dylag said. “The conference is a grind, but come October, when you’re still in the hunt, it’s a good environment to be a part of.”
White is also no stranger to the conference. A Chapel Hill, N.C., native, White arrives in Miami after two years as an assistant coach with his alma mater Colgate. While there, he coached Ashley Walsh, a goalkeeper now part of the Western New York Flash of the NWSL. White was a four-year member of the Raiders soccer team, where he earned All-Patriot League and NSCAA Regional All-America honors as a standout goalkeeper. He went on to play for Perth Italia, an Australian soccer club, before receiving a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. White later earned a master’s degree in ecology and native studies from the University of North Carolina.
“The ACC is the gold standard. It’s going to be an unbelievable, competitive atmosphere, and it’s going to push us to be what we can become,” White said. “It’s a dream come true. The ACC is part of who I am and what I’m about. I can’t wait to start and become a part of the hardest working staff in the country.”
After coaching at the high school level, White settled in Utah and took on a variety of roles. In addition to being a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, he was the head coach of the Skyline High School girls’ varsity soccer team, head coach of two premier club soccer teams (U16 Girls Impact United, U14 Boys Impact United), head coach of Juan Diego Catholic High School, goalkeeper coach of the Utah Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program, and assistant coach for the U14 Boys ODP team.
White arrived back at his alma mater after serving as the first assistant coach at Amherst College from 2010-2011, where he assisted in all aspects of the program including training, game preparation, recruiting, on-field coaching and camps/clinics to name a few. He was also on Mass ODP field and GK staff and was a member of the Region I ODP staff where he worked with local premier club teams.
“From an academic standpoint, Miami really carries the standard in this state,” White said. “That’s a big part of why I decided to join this staff. I’m here to help the student-athletes accomplish and achieve all of their goals, and I can’t think of a better place to do that than here in Coral Gables.”
The Miami Hurricanes open fall training camp Wed., Aug. 7. The team will travel to Ohio for a pair of exhibitions the weekend of Aug. 16 before opening its regular season Aug. 23 against Cincinnati at Cobb Stadium.