Siudzinski joins soccer staff as operations coordinator

In preparation for the 2018 season, second-year head coach Tom Anagnost has named Geri Siudzinski as coordinator of soccer operations for the Mississippi State soccer program.

Siudzinski comes to Starkville after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. At AU, she became well-versed in recruiting prospective student-athletes and selling the unique features and benefits of the school's program and institution. In her two seasons, the Eagles compiled a 22-8-6 record and finished second in their league both years.

"We are very excited to add Geri to our soccer family," Anagnost said. "She is a great person, has very good leadership skills and is a role model for our student-athletes. She is hard-working and a go-getter, which is what we want from everyone in our program."

Aside from her work at Ashland, Siudzinski played a vital role in Ohio's club soccer scene. She served as a coach for Internationals Soccer Club in Medina from June 2017-January 2018 and coached Sylvania's Pacesetter Soccer Club from May 2014-June 2016. With both clubs, she generated, designed and implemented training sessions for each specific team while leading training sessions geared toward development and excellence of technique on the ball. Siudzinski also traveled, planned and coached specific teams throughout the season.

She also gained experience as an assistant in the Ohio North Olympic Development program from November 2016-January 2018, where she created and ran training sessions for all different age groups. Siudzinski was also an assistant for two years at the Toledo Football Academy.

Siudzinski currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "E" License and will complete her "D" license by the end of February.

Prior to starting her coaching career, the Perrysburg, Ohio, native was a standout at the University of Toledo, where she served as one of the team's captains and recorded six assists in 21 games as a senior in 2015. In 80 career matches with the Rockets, she netted five goals and added 12 assists.

Siudzinski was also a standout in the classroom at Toledo, earning Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academy All-Ohio Team and Mid-American Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades in addition to spending four semesters on the Dean's List. She graduated in May 2016 from UT with a bachelor of science in Public Health and will complete her master's degree from Ashland in May 2018.

"I'm extremely thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be here at Mississippi State," Siudzinski said. "Everything here from the coaching staff to the amazing facilities can make this a championship program. I look forward to learning as much as I can from Tom, Matt and Jeremy. Their experiences and success rates at programs across the country speak volumes to their ability to win and help each student-athlete grow as a player and as a person. I'm excited to get going with the team! Hail State!"

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