Women’s soccer names two assistant coaches

Women’s soccer hired two assistant coaches, head coach Michelle Demko announced in a release Monday.

Kate Dylag and Zak Davis will join the coaching staff, according to the release.

“Both have a very high soccer IQ and will work tirelessly to continue to push this program forward,” Demko said in a release. “I couldn’t be happier that both decided to join our program. In my opinion, this is an exceptional staff to work with and help me lead this soccer program.”

Dylag will come to GW after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Miami, where she helped coach the Hurricanes to an ACC quarterfinal appearance in 2016.

Earlier in her career, Dylag served as an assistant coach at Albany, helping guide the Great Danes to the team’s best season record in program history. She has also worked as assistant coach at Clemson, Duquesne, NC State and Central Michigan.

Davis spent two years under Demko at UNC Ashville, where he trained goalkeepers for the men’s and women’s soccer programs. During his tenure, his keepers amassed more than 100 saves in 2016.

Davis also played for the program, and in four years, he recorded 120 career saves and finished in the top four in the nation in saves per game and total saves senior year. He has also coached at the North Carolina Olympic Development Program.

The two new hires mark the first by Demko, after being named head coach in April.

Women’s soccer ended last season 10-5-4 and lost in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Colonials are set to return 22 players from last season’s roster.

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