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Dino Raso Tabbed as Georgian Court’s First-Ever Men’s Head Soccer Coach

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 15, 2012—Following Georgian Court University’s historic May press conference that the institution will become fully coeducational this fall, GCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Laura B. Liesman announced today that Dino Raso has been tabbed as Georgian Court’s first-ever men’s head soccer coach.

“After a very long and thorough national search, I am thrilled to introduce Dino Raso as our first-ever men’s soccer coach,” said Liesman. “Coach Raso not only has the necessary coaching résumé and soccer expertise to create and develop a successful men's soccer program here at Georgian Court, but he also possesses admirable traits that parallel GCU’s Mercy core values and will greatly influence and benefit his future players, not only as student-athletes, but also as young men. Georgian Court University has had an acclaimed athletics program for decades, and we expect a seamless transition into this new era of coed Division II competition."

Raso, who will lead the Lions into action in the fall of 2013, joins the GCU family after serving the past two seasons as the head coach of Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. An NCAA Division II member and competitor in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Raso earned 2011 NCCAA Mid-East Region Coach of the Year after leading the Oaks to an 11-6-3 and a fifth-place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, last December.

“I am very excited to be selected as the first men’s soccer coach in GCU history,” stated Raso. “Georgian Court is steeped in academic and the kind of athletic tradition that I have longed to be part of for quite some time. I take tremendous pride in this opportunity and promise to work with vigor and passion; I cannot wait to create a program that I expect to be a force in the CACC in the very near future.”

Prior to his tenure at Oakland City University, Raso served as an assistant coach at Division I Eastern Illinois University (June 2005–August 2010), where he played a vital role in leading the Panthers to four straight appearances in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Raso’s first collegiate coaching experience came at Division II Barry University (FL) where he served as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons, compiling a 40-13-4 record, two Sunshine State Conference crowns, and two berths in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Six players, including three Division II All-Americans, went on to play professionally after playing for Raso at Barry.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Raso played his collegiate soccer at Eastern Illinois University before playing 14 seasons in the Hamilton Premier Division, the highest level of play in Ontario. He was also an amateur coach in Ontario from 1995 to 2000, compiling a 75-9-2 record, before returning to the United States in 2002.

Raso and his wife, Kathryn, have two daughters, Michaela and Giuliana, and a son, Giuseppe.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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