After 14 years as the Rutgers head women’s soccer coach, Glenn Crooks will retire, Athletic Director Julie Hermann announced Tuesday.
Associate head coach Mike O’Neill, Crooks’ lead assistant during his tenure, will take over as head coach. Crooks finishes as the second-winningest coach in program history.
“After 22 years as a Division I women’s soccer head coach, I have decided to retire,” Crooks said in a statement. “I have full confidence in the current coaching staff, led by the extraordinary talents of my associate head coach Mike O’Neill and first assistant Meghan Ryan. I know that the Rutgers women’s soccer program is well positioned to make an immediate impact in the Big Ten.
“I look forward to continuing to coach and train teams at the club and ODP levels while exploring media and broadcasting opportunities beyond my current work as an analyst for Sky Blue FC.”
Crooks, who won 155 games at Rutgers, led the Knights to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 runs.
“I want to thank everyone at Rutgers, especially the student-athletes, for making this an unforgettable experience for me personally and professionally,” Crooks said in a statement. “It was the greatest day of my coaching career when I was hired at Rutgers in April of 2000, and these have been 14 years to cherish. My heart and rooting interests will always be with Rutgers and our women’s soccer program.”
Rutgers opens its inaugural season in the Big Ten on Aug. 22 vs Stony Brook.