Roland Sturk begins his fifth season as head coach of the University of Pittsburgh's women's soccer team. Sturk, who was named as the University's first head coach for the Panthers inaugural season in 1996, led Pittsburgh to its first Big East Conference playoff berth in just its second year of league play in 1998.
Sturk brought to Pittsburgh a resume complete with national and international instruction at the amateur level. Before his Pittsburgh appointment, Sturk spent seven seasons as head women's soccer coach at Regis University, a Division II program in Denver, Colo. Sturk started the Regis program from scratch in 1989 and it eventually went on to capture the Colorado Athletic Conference championship in 1994.
Sturk, 51, guided Regis to a second-place finish at the 1994 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championships and was named the National Soccer Coaches' Association's (NSCA) Regional Coach of the Year.
"I firmly believe that coaching is teaching," Sturk said. "Not only the principles, techniques and tactics of a particular game, but the values and attitudes that will carry over into the classroom and one's personal life. I believe one's attitude and behavior off the field is intertwined with one's performance on the field and vice versa."
A 1970 graduate of Boston College, with a bachelor's degree in management computer science, Sturk also earned a master's degree in secondary education in 1977 from the University of Denver. He received his Scottish FA Introductory "A" Coaching Certificate in Largs, Scotland, in July 1993, and his USSF National "A" License in 1992.
Sturk is currently the head coach for the Region I Olympic Development U15 Girls team.
COACHING CAREER: (head coach) University of Pittsburgh, 1996-present; (head coach) Regis University women's team, (1989-95); (head coach) Region I Olympic Development Program (1996-Present); (head coach) Beadling Bobcats Regional Runner-up (1996-Present); (head coach) Region IV Girls ODP (1995-97).
Sturk's Career Head Coaching Record
Year School Won Lost Tied 1989 Regis 8 11 0 1990 Regis 3 16 0 1991 Regis 7 10 0 1992 Regis 7 10 0 1993 Regis 7 10 3 1994 Regis 15 8 1 1995 Regis 12 7 1 Totals (7 Yrs.) 59 72 5
1996 Pitt 3 16 0 1997 Pitt 3 12 3 1998 Pitt 8 11 0 1999 Pitt 5 12 1 Totals (4 Yrs.) 19 51 4
CAREER 78 123 9