Cooney To Assist WPS FC Gold Pride

March 13, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - Jay Cooney, who will enter his seventh year with the Stanford women's soccer program as an assistant coach in Fall 2009, has been selected to serve as an assistant coach with the Bay Area FC Gold Pride in the new Women's Professional Soccer league.

Cooney will guide the Gold Pride's goalkeeping unit, which includes former Cardinal netminder and U.S. National teamer Nicole Barnhart, in the league's inaugural season. The FC Gold Pride is led by head coach Albertin Montoya, who provided guidance to Stanford at the volunteer level in the 2008 season.

Prior to joining Stanford, Cooney worked in the professional ranks and served as the goalkeeper coach for the now defunct San Jose CyberRays (2001-2003) where he helped the team capture the inaugural WUSA Championship. Under Cooney's direction, San Jose goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene was honored as the 2001 WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year.

While his focus will now turn to FC Gold Pride for the summer, Cooney will continue to serve as an assistant coach at Stanford, a post he has held since 2003. The WPS Season begins in April and concludes in August, just before the start of the college season.

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