Women's Soccer Hires Two Assistants
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., - FGCU women’s soccer coach Jim Blankenship announced the hiring of two assistant soccer coaches today. Mario Rincon and Sarah Rahko both join the coaching staff.

Rincon brings nine years previous experience with him to FGCU. Most recently, Rincon spent a pair of seasons at Wright State before coming to FGCU. He has also had previous stops at three other Division I schools. While at Wright State, Rincon helped lift the Raiders to a 23-8-5 mark over his two seasons while producing five All-Horizon League honorees.

Prior to his two seasons at Wright State, Rincon spent two seasons at Baylor. During his tenure, the Bears had one player selected to the Big XII Second Team and two to the All-Rookie Team. Baylor's 2004 recruiting class was nationally ranked by Soccer Buzz and eight players were named to the Academic All-Big XII team.

Rincon has also spent one season at Duke, where the recruiting class was ranked eighth by Soccer Buzz. He also helped in the development of the 2002 First Team Atlantic Coast Conference goalkeeper, who was also selected on the All-Tournament Team and was part of the Icelandic National Team for Pre-World Cup qualifying. In 2001, Rincon was an assistant coach at the University of Miami as the Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA Tournament. There he assisted in the development of the first player invited to the Mexican National Team.

Rincon was also an assistant at Lynn University for three years and was a part of the Division II national championship squad in 1998. Lynn was the national runner-up in 1996 and advanced to the semifinals in 1997. Rincon, who holds a United Soccer Federation A License and a NSCAA Advanced National License, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lynn.

“I am excited about Mario joining our staff,” stated Blankenship. “I have worked with him in two other places and we were very successful there and our expatiations are the same at FGCU. He has a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge that our players will gain.”

Sarah Rahko comes to FGCU after serving as the head coach at Wellesley College after spending her first year as an assistant coach at the Division III school. Last season, Wellesley went 9-6 and three players earned All-New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference honors. Prior to Wellesley College, she was the Assistant Coach for both the U14 and U17 Boston Renegades Super Y League of which the latter earned a national championship.

Rahko is among the most decorated players in the history of Boston College. She was named first-team NSCAA All-American following her senior season. She was also named first-team All-Big East three times. In addition, she was Big East Midfielder of the year in 2002 while also being named 3rd Team NSCAA All-American.

“I am honored to have someone of her quality join our program,” said Blankenship. “She was very decorated as a player, earning All-American honors and also Big East Midfielder of the year at Boston College. Our players will benefit from someone who has been recognized for success on field and her ability to teach. She also has head coaching experience at the collegiate level.”