Sam Lopes
Sam  Lopes

Head Coach


Women’s Soccer Announces Futsal Indoor Tournament And One-Day Clinic

The tournament will be held Jan. 9 and the clinic will be held Jan. 10.


Women’s Soccer To Play In BIG EAST Championship Game

No. 6 Providence will play No. 4 Butler on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET in Omaha, Neb.


Women's Soccer To Play In BIG EAST Semifinals

The Friars will play the Hoyas at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 in Omaha, Neb.


Women’s Soccer Defeats DePaul In First Round Of BIG EAST Championships, 1-0

The Friars move onto the BIG EAST Semifinal game versus Georgetown on Friday.


Women’s Soccer Defeated By St. John’s, 1-0

The Friars will face No. 3 seed DePaul in BIG EAST Tournament First Round on Nov. 3.

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Sam Lopes was named head coach of the Providence College women's soccer program on April 10, 2014, and will embark on his second season on the sidelines in 2015. Lopes is the ninth head coach in program history.

In his first season with the Friars in 2014, Lopes led Providence to a 9-8-2 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. It marked the Friars' first winning season since 2010. Additionally, Lopes guided Providence to its fourth appearance all-time in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, and first since 2011.

Lopes mentored three All-BIG EAST selections in his first season as head coach, including the program's first-ever All-BIG EAST First-Team honoree in Catherine Zimmerman. Zimmerman scored a team-best 27 points on 11 goals and five assists, and was one of two unanimous selections on the First Team.

Christina Klaum, who was honored on the All-BIG EAST Second Team, was invited to the United States Soccer Under-19 Women's National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. in April and remains a part of the U-19 Women's National Team pool.

Lopes spent one season as the head coach at New Hampshire during the 2013 campaign. He coached three Wildcat players who earned America East post-season honors. Goalkeeper Mimi Borkan earned a spot on the 2013 America East All-Rookie squad, while Hannah Blondin and Colleen Murray nabbed spots on the All-Academic Team.

Prior to his term at UNH, Lopes spent two years as an assistant coach at Providence College (2011-2012). In his first season with the Friars, Lopes assisted Providence to their first BIG EAST Tournament game since 1994. Providence then defeated Rutgers, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals. He also helped coach Jenna Roncarati to her third-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor. As the assistant at Providence, Lopes handled recruiting, scouting, travel and budgeting, as well as monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes and planning team training and individual workouts.

Lopes was the head assistant women's coach at Southern Connecticut State University from 2005-2011. He was highly involved in recruiting, planning off-season training and helped establish the Freshman Athletic Scholastic Training (F.A.S.T.) academic program.

Lopes, a 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac University, received a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. He was a four-year member of the soccer team and was a captain during his senior season. After playing at Quinnipiac, Lopes went on to play in the United States Soccer League for the Connecticut Wolves and the Westchester Flames.

He began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Additionally, Lopes served as an assistant coach with the Boston Breakers (2010-11), Quickstrike Lady Blues (2009) and New England Mutiny (2007-08).

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