Q&A with Head Women's Soccer Coach Brian Rigby

Head coach Brian Rigby
Head coach Brian Rigby

Jan. 28, 2013

On the opportunity to build a program from the ground-up at his alma mater...
The opportunity to connect the sport of women's soccer to UIC is something that is very special. For all of the years that I have been involved in the sport, UIC has been the only Division I school in the Chicagoland region that hasn't had a women's soccer team. The next couple of years are going to be a special time, because we have the opportunity to build something from the ground up. When people start to see what is already in place here, and what our vision is, they are going to be extremely excited about UIC women's soccer.

On his time as a player and student-athlete at UIC...
UIC means a lot to me - it gave me everything. It gave me my education and it allowed me to meet my wife and to start my family. Essentially, attending UIC gave me the opportunity to remain in Chicago after college and to be able to coach at the youth and college level. Now, to be able to come back and to give the same type of experience to young ladies that were given to me is priceless. As alum, as an ambassador of the game of soccer and someone that has lived in the area for many years; it's exciting to be the person selected to lead the upstart women's soccer program into the future.

On the Chicagoland recruiting base...
What a lot of people don't know is that the Midwest, the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago has an immense amount of talent. There are a lot of club teams in the Chicagoland region - in those programs you have a lot of glaring talent, and also a lot of hidden talent. There are a countless number of players that can play at the Division I level, and be successful. So from a recruiting standpoint, it's important that people are aware that women's soccer is now beginning at UIC. We have great things to offer here at UIC; a great athletic department in a great city, and incredible academics. We have as much to offer as anyone else, and our recruiting will start right here in our backyard. That process starts right away.



On his philosophy and style of play...
Like any other coach would say, our philosophy on offense will be to `possess' the ball. But what's more important is that we have possession with progression. In other words, we'll always be looking to go forward. We'll always be thoughtful with how we move the ball around the field and how we seek opportunities. Not only do we want to possess and move the ball, but we'll also play an entertaining brand of soccer. We'll play a brand of soccer that will generate interest from our students, along with the families of our players and soccer fans in general.