Ashley Magruda, a former assistant coach at Division I Duquesne University, was named the head women's soccer coach at Dean College following an intensive national search in November of 2017.
After an inaugural season that saw her lead the Bulldogs to a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament Quarterfinal appearance in 2018, the excitement has begun to build for the 2019 season.
"Ashley stood out as the candidate we wanted early on in the process," said Vasey. "We are thrilled to have her here at Dean and are so excited to see her lead our women's soccer program."
Magruda arrived at Dean after two seasons on the sidelines as the goalkeeper coach with the Dukes. In that role, she helped guide them to a pair of Atlantic-10 Tournament appearances (quarterfinals in 2016, semifinals in 2017) and consecutive 11-6-3 seasons.
She played an integral role in the development of Kyra Murphy who set Dukes' records in career wins (30), single season victories (11) and goals against average (1.12).
Prior to her time in Pittsburgh with Duquesne, Magruda spent two incredibly successful seasons at the University of Northwestern Ohio. With the Racers, she worked with the goalkeepers and they posted an impressive 42-5-3 overall record with 39 shutouts on their way to the NAIA championship game in 2014 and the NAIA semifinals in 2015.
As a student-athlete, Magruda began her collegiate career at Division I West Virginia before eventually transferring to Division II California University of Pennsylvania where she played under current Duquesne head coach Al Alvine.
While with the Vulcans, she was a member of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing as far as the third round in 2013. During that magical run in 2013, she went 10-1-2, set a school record with a 0.29 GAA and then backstopped the Vulcans to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship by not allowing a goal in the three tournament games on her way to PSAC Tournament MVP honors.
A second-team all-conference selection in 2012, Magruda's 26 wins and 0.59 career GAA rank second and third, respectively, in Vulcan history.
A decorated high school soccer star in the greater Pittsburgh area at Belle Vernon Area, she was named all-state as a senior in 2008 and was a three-time all-conference selection. Magruda holds the school records for shutouts in a season (13, twice) and in a career (45), and led BVA to sectional championships all four years.
In addition to her role as the head women's soccer coach, Magruda assists with equipment room operations and works closely in student-athlete leadership development.