Rigamat Joins The Rebels
July 15, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Stephanie Rigamat has been named assistant women's soccer coach at UNLV, head coach Dan Abdalla announced on Thursday. Rigamat takes over for Todd Abdalla, who resigned his position to pursue other opportunities in Las Vegas but will still work with the Rebel soccer team as a volunteer assistant.
"We're obviously excited about someone coming in with such vast experience as Stephanie has gained, not only at the college level, but at the national and professional as well," said Abdalla. "She will be a great addition to our staff."
Rigamat comes to UNLV with an impressive career as a player, as she was a member of the US National Team in 2001, and also was a member of the WUSA's Washington Freedom, where she helped the team to a championship runner-up finish for the 2002 Founder's Cup. She began her college career at UC Irvine, where she was a two-time All-Big West selection while leading the Anteaters to the 1997 conference championship. Rigamat then finished her collegiate career at UCLA, and led the team in scoring her last two seasons while helping the Bruins to a national championship runner-up finish at the 2000 College Cup, and to the final eight of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. She was also a second team All-American selection her senior season.
She spent the past season working as a volunteer assistant soccer coach for UCLA, who finished the season 20-2-3 and advanced to the NCAA College Cup before falling to eventual champion North Carolina. Rigamat was also head coach for the Santa Anita GU16 Strikers since September, 2003, until this past summer.