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UMKC Women's Soccer
UMKC Women's Soccer

COACHING STAFF


JEFF COLE | ASSISTANT COACH

Jeff Cole became the 'Roos women's soccer coach in March of 2015.

A McPherson College graduate, Cole has been a member of the UMKC coaching staff since 2013 as a volunteer assistant and goalkeeper coach. Under Cole, goalkeeper Nina Tzianos enjoyed the best individual season in program history in 2014, setting school records for goals against (17), goals against average (.84), saves (97), save percentage (.851), wins (13), and shutouts (8).

Cole began his career as a men's assistant coach at McPherson in 1997-'98. In October of 1997, he joined the Wichita Wings, where he served as a developmental player, team manager, and head of gameday operations until 2001.

Cole spent 14 years as a staff coach with the River City Soccer Club, three years as a staff coach with U.S. Youth Soccer Region II, and two years as the women's assistant at Hutchinson Community College where he helped lead the team to back-to-back KJCAA Conference Championships with an undefeated conference mark (12-0) and a 21-1 overall record in 2010. That team won the Region VI Championship and made the NJCAA District Finals.

Currently, Cole is the Boys Director of Coaching/Youth Academy Director for KC Select Soccer Club and a staff coach with the Kansas Olympic Development Program.

Cole holds the following licenses: USSF National "A" Coaching License, USSF National Goalkeepers License, USSF National "B" Coaching License, NSCAA Advanced National License, NSCAA National License, and a NSCAA State Diploma.

He can be reached at (316) 250-7781 or colejef@umkc.edu.


ASHLEY GANN | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH

Ashley Gann begins her first season as a graduate assistant for the women’s soccer team in 2015.

Prior to becoming the GA for the ‘Roos program, Gann taught fourth grade at Carver Dual Language Elementary School from 2014-2015, which is a part of the Kansas City Public Schools.

Gann graduated from UMKC in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and played for the ‘Roos soccer team from 2010-2014.

During her playing career, Gann accumulated numerous accolades, including being a two-time All-Summit League Fall Academic team (2010 and 2011), named the 17th best player in the Summit League by Top Drawer Soccer (2011), earning All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament team honors, and being named Conference Player of the Week a total of three times (Summit League in 2010 and 2011, WAC in 2013).

Gann hails from Lee’s Summit, Missouri and is the daughter of Jon and Tammy Gann. She has three siblings, David Copeland, Sean and Alyssa Gann. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Teacher Leadership.