NEWTON, Mass. – New Mount Ida College head women's soccer coach Brigi Palatino has announced the hiring of two assistant coaches for the 2017 season, set to kick off September 1st.
Megan O'Rourke will take on the position of Assistant Coach, while John Lowell will serve as the Mustang's goalkeeper coach.
O'Rourke spent the 2013 and 2014 college season Assistant Coaching at her Alma Mata, Clark University, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology.
During her 69 career games – 66 of them starts – for the Cougars, O'Rourke was a two-time second-team All-Conference selection and earned All-Region accolades as a senior in 2010.
She spent two seasons as a captain, leading the Cougars to the postseason on three occasions, including a berth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Semifinals as a sophomore in 2008.
O'Rourke has spent extensive time coaching at the youth level, working with Girls-U11 with the Bruno United Football Club, Girls-U15 with the Nor'easter Soccer Club and Girls-U14 with the Sachems Football Club. She holds an NSCAA National Diploma.
O'Rourke received her master's degree in social work from Rhode Island College in 2013 and currently works as a School Social Worker in Lynn Public Schools.
Goalkeeping coach John Lowell has been playing between the sticks for more than 35 years and eagerly sharing that passion as a coach for nearly 15.
As a coach, Lowell has earned the NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma, levels 1 and 2, and holds a USSF E license. He began his coaching career at Massabesic United Soccer Club, where he coached U12 and U14 boys to three district championships over 5 years, which led to two top-3 finishes in Maine.
Following his last team with MUSC, he assumed the role of Director of Coaching for the club, a position he held for 4 years. During this time, he began coaching for Massabesic High School, where he coached the freshmen boys for 4 years and the Junior Varsity Boys for 1 year. Those five teams are the only boys teams in Massabesic High School history with winning seasons, which includes one undefeated season with the Freshmen Boys.
In 2008, Lowell began coaching for Velocity Soccer Club as an assistant coach/keeper coach. After 7 years, he resigned from the club with his teams having won 2 State Cup titles, and a 100% college recruitment record for the keepers with whom he had worked. In 2015, Lowell was awarded the President's Award from Velocity SC in recognition of the development of the club's goalkeepers.
Until 2015, Lowell had worked many years as a Referee, Referee Assignor, and Referee Assessor.
Lowell has spent his career in insurance and works as an underwriter for a New Hampshire based company.
John, his (incredibly patient) wife Tanya, and their son Thomas reside in southern Maine with their three dogs, Hector, Abbi, and Hooligan.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu