– Duquesne University Director of Athletics Dave Harper
announced today that head women's soccer coach Al Alvine
's contract has been extended through the 2020-21 season.
Alvine, who is entering his fifth season at DU, guided the Dukes to their first Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA tournament berth in 2015.
"Al has exhibited a clear vision for his program that aligns with the academic mission of our institution and has strong competitive aspirations," said Harper. "He has assembled an excellent staff and has recruited and developed outstanding student-athletes during his tenure at Duquesne. At the end of the day, it is about developing student-athletes and our women's soccer program exemplifies a program with a robust notion of success that includes both academic and competitive excellence. Our women's soccer program has accomplished a number of 'firsts' under Al's leadership and we look to continue to pursue high level conference and postseason performance."
In addition to the A-10 title and NCAA appearance, 2015 also marked the first time a DU women's soccer team won a match at the conference tournament. The seventh-seeded Dukes defeated No. 2 Dayton on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal and went on to defeat regular season champion La Salle 2-1 the next day. In the championship match, Duquesne shut out Fordham 2-0, clinching its first-ever NCAA berth while setting a program record with its 12th win of the season.
During the season, the Dukes also appeared in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic poll for the first time in program history.
"I would like to thank President Gormley, the Board of Trustees, Dave Harper and our entire athletic administration for their support, guidance and commitment to the women's soccer program here at Duquesne University," said Alvine. "Our program has come a long way since I started here in 2012, and I'm honored to be afforded the opportunity to build on our success.
"I've been blessed with a talented, committed and tireless support staff, both on and off the field whose efforts behind the scenes are a huge factor in why this contract exists. The administrative support for women's soccer has been unwavering and my assistant coach Brian Shrum has impacted every aspect of the continued development of our program. That shared vision and philosophy has been the driving force for the team's growth during our tenure at Duquesne.
"I reserve my biggest thanks for the student-athletes we've been so fortunate to work with over the last four seasons. Their commitment to excel, on the field, in the classroom and in the community, is building a legacy that will hopefully carry on forever."
Alvine, who inherited a three-win Duquesne team in 2012, has recruited five A-10 All-Rookie and four All-Academic team members in his first four seasons on the Bluff. He is 159-103-25 in 14 seasons as a head coach, which includes stops at Castleton State, Saint Anselm and California University of Pennsylvania. The 2015 NCAA appearance at Duquesne was the fourth of his career and first since guiding Division II Cal U to NCAA appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.