Virginia Military Institute

VMI Soccer Office
239 Cameron Hall Lexington, VA 24450
Division 1 Virginia Northeast
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Chris Haught-Thompson

Chris Haught-Thompson enters his first season as head coach of the VMI women’s soccer program after being named to the position on February 1, 2019.

The name is familiar to program supporters as Haught-Thompson served as an assistant to recently departed VMI head coach Chris Bergmann for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He returns to VMI after serving for two seasons as the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

At Knox College, Haught-Thompson led the Prairie Fire to a 27-11-5 record over two seasons, winning two MWC regular season and two tournament championships to earn berths to the 2017 and 2018 NCAA D-III Tournaments. Named the 2018 MWC Coach of the Year, he led two All-Region and seven All-Conference players including a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2018 Newcomer of the Year.

He was in charge of running all areas of the program including budget management, recruiting, scouting and training. Haught-Thompson also developed the camp system at Knox including a high school prospect camp and a youth summer camp.

As an assistant at VMI from January 2015 to February 2017, he helped the Keydets to a 14-25-2 record over the two seasons as he assisted Bergmann in all facets of practice, game and travel preparation. Haught-Thompson gained valuable experience with scholarship management and other administrative duties as well as recruiting, in-game evaluation, scouting opponents and designing off-season fitness regiments.

Prior to coaching his first stint at VMI he served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, for three seasons (2012-2014). He also served as an assistant on the women’s soccer team at Lake Forest during his third year at the school. On top of coaching at Lake Forest he served as a head coach for the Lincolnshire Lightning Soccer Club in nearby Lincolnshire.

He is USSF licensed.

Haught-Thompson earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lake Forest College in 2012.

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Daniella Pappas

2017 was Daniella Pappas' first full season as the top assistant for VMI women's soccer, after being hired in April 2017. In that year, the Keydets lowered their goals allowed per game for the third straight season, sparked by goalkeeper Ceci Keppeler finishing 11th in Division 1 in saves per game.

"We are very excited to have Daniella join our program," said VMI head coach Chris Bergmann at the time of hiring. "She comes to us with great experience at multiple levels, and possesses a coach's heart and excellent knowledge of the game. She will be a dynamic member of our staff, bringing her wealth of knowledge to all parts of our program: recruiting, tactical and technical training, goalkeeper knowledge and the ability to help develop our camps and clinics. In addition, she brings quality experience in terms of leadership and character development, which goes hand in hand with the VMI model."

Pappas comes to VMI after spending two seasons at Davidson College, where she worked with the Wildcat goalkeepers and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the team.

Prior to that, she had spent a year in her home state of Iowa at Ashford University in Clinton, where she helped the women's soccer program to a nine-win season and the school's third straight Association of Independent Institutions (AII) title game appearance. Pappas tutored the team's keepers to eight shutouts and a 1.15 GAA. Freshman goalkeeper Nyla Peterkin was named to the A.I.I. honorable mention after starting 19 of 20 games and earning all eight shutouts to go with 72 saves.

Pappas spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. During the 2013 season, Belmont Abbey was ranked 3rd in the Southeast Region, while earning an NCAA berth and a Sweet 16 finish. Goalkeeper Hannah Kohls was named all-conference first-team, Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year, NSCAA All Scholar Southeast Region and NSCAA All Southeast Region under Pappas' direction.

Also during her year in North Carolina, Pappas was the head coach of a U13 traveling girls team through the Carolina Rapids organization. She was also part of the coaching staff for the U10 youth academy program.

Prior to moving to Belmont Abbey, Pappas was a graduate assistant at University of Central Missouri where she coached under Lewis Theobald.

Pappas earned a masters degree in special education at Central Missouri.

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Mary Mancin

Mary Mancin enters her first season as an assistant coach for the VMI women’s soccer program.

She comes to the Institute by way of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, where she served as an assistant women’s soccer coach since February of 2017. At SLU she worked primarily with goalkeepers and defenders and assisted in the planning and implementation of practice sessions, edited game film and assisted in the coordination of campus visits, scholarship and compliance. She also coordinated high school and junior college recruiting, team travel and meals, scouting report preparation and gameday operations.

Prior to Southeastern Louisiana, Mancin served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin (Aug. 2016-Feb. 2017), Belmont University (Feb. 2015-Aug. 2016) and Columbus State University (Aug. 2013-Feb. 2015).

Working primarily with goalkeepers at these programs, she also served large roles in junior college and high school recruitment and had much success including UT Martin’s Erica Myers, a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference goalie, and Belmont’s Stephanie Bukovec, a current goalkeeper for the Croatian national team.

Mancin was a four-year letterwinner in soccer at Columbus State University where she was rostered from 2009-12 and would go on to play two years in the WPSL with the Georgia Revolution from 2012-13.

She holds several coaching licenses including the USC Level III GK Diploma (2017), the USSF ‘C’ License (2015) and the USSF ‘D’ License (2011).

Mancin earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Columbus State in 2013 and went on to earn a master’s degree in the same field from Columbus State in 2015

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