Delaware State University Director of Athletics Candy Young has announced the appointment of Kerri M. Scroope as the university’s new head women’s soccer coach.
Scroope most recently served as head women’s soccer coach and head softball coach at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.
She guided Salve Regina to three consecutive double-digit win seasons, as well as four straight Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. In 2011, Scroope led the Seahawks to the most successful women's soccer season in team history, finishing with a school record 13 wins while also earning the program’s first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship tournament berth.
During Scroope’s tenure, the Seahawks also succeeded in the classroom, earning three National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic awards. Her team compiled an impressive 3.34 team GPA in 2012.
“Kerri stood out among the many fine candidates for the position because of her broad experience, leadership skills and successful career as a head coach,” Young said. “She was highly recommended by some of the most respected names in collegiate women’s soccer. I believe Kerri has the tools and the energy to lead our women’s soccer program to the next level.”
Scroope will take over a Delaware State women’s soccer team that returns 16 letter winners from its 2012 squad.
“I am very excited to be given such a great opportunity to coach at Delaware State University,” Scroope said. “I want to thank Candy Young for having confidence in me and giving me the opportunity to grow a young program. I hope that my love of the game, my energy and passion to win will be instilled in my student-athletes to help make the Hornets a winning program.”
In addition to the team success, Scroope’s players at Salve Regina earned numerous individual awards.
She helped develop a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region player; a four-time New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Division III All-New England player; a two-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year; and 13 All-Commonwealth Coast Conference selections.
While leading Salve Regina’s softball program, Scroope guided the Seahawks to six Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship tournament appearances, three 20-win seasons – including a school-record 25 wins in 2009 – and the program's only two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament berths.
Scroope was selected to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2008. She had the opportunity to interact with other women collegiate coaches and administrators at the Division I, II and III level while developing advanced perspective and skills in the fundamentals of coaching. This past summer, Scroope attended Phase II of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in Boston.
Prior to her arrival at Salve Regina, Scroope served as head coach for the girls soccer team at Apponequet High School (Lakeville, Mass.) for five seasons (2002-07). In 2003, she began coaching the girls varsity basketball team at Bourne High School, and in 2006, Scroope took over the softball coaching reins at Dartmouth High School after three years coaching JV at Apponequet.
Scroope is a 2000 graduate of Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in social sciences. As a student-athlete, Scroope earned two varsity letters in both soccer and basketball.