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Coaching Staff

Rob Dow
Head Coach

Rob Dow was named the program's eighth head coach in February 2017. 
Dow has spent the previous five seasons on UVM's coaching staff, including the last two years as the Catamounts' associate head coach. Vermont reached new heights with Dow on the sidelines in 2016. After winning the second-most games in a single season (14), the Green and Gold hosted an NCAA Tournament game for only the third time in program history.
Rob Dow joined the University of Vermont men's soccer staff in August of 2012. He comes to UVM after spending four years at Southern New Hampshire University. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Penmen men's soccer program and was elevated to associate head coach during the 2010 season.
During his four-year stint at Southern New Hampshire, the Penmen posted a 59-14-13 (.762) record.  Southern New Hampshire earned NCAA Tournament berths each year, including NCAA quarterfinal trips in 2009 and 2011. The Penmen also captured two Northeast-10 Regular Season titles and an NE-10 Tournament title.
Prior to his arrival at SNHU, Dow spent two seasons as head men's soccer coach at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. While at Dean, Dow compiled an 18-11-4 record, qualified for the NJCAA Region 21 playoffs in 2007 and coached seven NJCAA All-Region players. Prior to that, Dow spent two seasons as the men's and women's assistant coach at Mayville (ND) State University and a season as an assistant for the men's team at his alma mater, the University of Maine.
A 2003 graduate of Maine with a degree in management, Dow was a four-year member of the Maine soccer team and led the Black Bears in scoring twice as well as being named an America East Scholar-Athlete for three seasons.
Dow later earned his master's in sport and recreation management from North Dakota State University in 2005.
He also played professionally with the Ottawa Wizards and then the New Hampshire Phantoms. 

Ruben Resendes
Assistant Coach

Resendes comes to Burlington after spending the previous six seasons with the New England Revolution Academy, including a role as head coach of the newly established Under-13 and Under-23 teams last summer. During his tenure with the Revolution Academy, he also served as the Regional Development School Coordinator, where he focused on curriculum and player development. In 2008, Resendes played for the Revolution Academy's inaugural team. He was the first Revolution Academy graduate to return to the program as a coach.
Over the past two years as head coach at Dean College, Resendes helped lead the Bulldogs to their most successful stretch in program history with a 33-3-1 (.917) record. In 2016, he guided Dean to an 17-2-0 overall record and earned an invitation to the USCAA National Tournament. The 2016 squad set the program record in total wins (17), consecutive wins (11), goals scored (106), and fewest goals allowed (5). A year earlier, the Bulldogs finished the season nationally ranked at 16-1-0 and Resendes was recognized with the NJCAA All-New England Coach of the Year award.
Before becoming the head coach at Dean, Resendes returned to his alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University, as an assistant coach in 2014. While at SNHU, Resendes saw the Penmen finish the season with a 17-1-2 record. In 2013, he served as associate head coach at Emmanuel where he helped the Saints to a program-best 5-4-0 conference record.
Resendes played collegiately as a midfielder at Southern New Hampshire from 2009-12, including three of Dow's four seasons as an assistant coach with the Penmen. At SNHU, Resendes was a four-year starter and played in four NCAA tournaments. He was a three-time NSCAA All-Region selection and he earned NSCAA All-America honors as a senior. He was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team in each of his four seasons and was named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009.
Following his successful career with the Penmen, Resendes played professionally for Tindastoll FC of Iceland's Úrvalsdeild.
Randy Coble
Goalkeeper Coach/Assistant Coach

Randy Coble enters his seventh season as the goalkeeper coach/assistant coach for the University of Vermont men’s soccer program. During Coble’s time with the Catamounts, the team has qualified for the America East conference tournament every year, winning the regular season title with an undefeated record in 2012, its first in 23 years, and an America East Championship in 2015. Coble was a member of the 2012 America East coaching staff of the year, becoming just the second UVM coaching staff to earn the honor in the history of the program.  

Under Coble’s direction, the UVM goalkeepers have posted a total of thirty-five shutouts over the last six seasons. He also oversaw the development of UVM goalkeeper Conor Leland ’14. During the 2012 season, Leland ranked first in save percentage in America East (.841), posted four straight shutouts in consecutive games between 10/10 and 10/24, was named College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week on 9/10, and finished the year with seven wins, six by shutout and a 0.81 goals against average. Leland ranked 11th in the country among Division I leaders in save percentage, and was selected as the America East Goalkeeper of the Year and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Leland closed out his career ranked fifth in shutouts (18), sixth in goals against average (1.07) and seventh in wins (22) among UVM's all-time goalkeepers.

Coble came to the University of Vermont after spending two season at St. Michaels College working under former University of Vermont associate head coach Wade Jean. Coble spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Purple Knights men's soccer program, working primarily with the goalkeepers. During his two years at SMC, the Purple Knights yielded 28 goals in 39 contests, posting 20 shutouts.

Prior to SMC, Coble was a member of the Old Dominion University women’s soccer staff, working primarily with the defense and goalkeepers. Coble helped lead the Lady Monarchs to a 12-7 record, to include a win against then #19 University of Florida in the Westfield Cup hosted by Akron University. Coble helped build the foundation for freshman goalkeeper Laura Tupman ‘08 who would go on to become the all-time leader in shutouts at ODU.

A 2004 graduate of Castleton University with a degree in criminal justice, Coble was a three-year member of the Castleton soccer team and helped lead the Spartans to back to back trips to the North Atlantic Conference finals in 2002 and 2003, winning the conference in 2003. Coble later earned his master's in criminal justice from Boston University in 2014.

Brian Mitko
Assistant Coach

Brian Mitko begins his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont with the start of the 2015 campaign. Mitko joined the UVM staff in February 2015.

Mitko came to Vermont after one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's soccer program at Bard College in New York. Mitko was responsible for Bard's 2014 recruiting class, created drills for training sessions, monitored student-athlete's academic performance, and prepared scouting reports on opponents.

Mitko graduated from Skidmore College in 2013, earning a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He earned eight varsity letters as a two-sport athlete at Skidmore. He was a four-year member of the men's soccer and lacrosse teams. He was a two-year captain of the men's soccer team and as a senior he was named the ECAC Defenseman of the Week twice and Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week four times.

A native of Clinton, Connecticut, Mitko was also the head coach of the FC Dutchmen Premier team in Albany, New York and has coached at several camps and clinics, including the several at Bard and the Mike Noonan Soccer Camp at Clemson.

Brad Cole
Assistant Coach

Cole grew up playing for Far Post Soccer Club located in Burlington, Vermont. He also participated in the VT Olympic Development program. Brad went on to be a captain of the soccer team at South Burlington High School and was named an All-State and All-New England player during his high school career. His senior season he also captained the Vermont Twin-State all star team.

After graduating from South Burlington High School in 2010 Cole went on the play Division 1 soccer at the University of Vermont. Brad played right back and defensive midfield for the Catamounts. He was named captain of the UVM Men's team going into his senior season. Brad started 18 games and played in all 19 during his senior season scoring 2 game winning goals in the process. Cole was awarded the Russell O. Sunderland Memorial Trophy by the University of Vermont Athletic Department in 2015 for overcoming obstacles while maintaining excellence in academics and athletics. He was simultaneously named the Vermont Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year in 2015 for his work with the Far Post 99/00 boys. After his collegiate playing eligibility expired in 2015, Brad was hired as a Graduate Assistant Coach for UVM under then Head Coach Jesse Cormier for the 2016 season. The Catamounts went on to win the America East Conference Championship and participate in the NCAA Tournament.

Upon college graduation Brad moved to England for 6 months to coach at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club academy. Coach Cole worked with the U18's at Crewe and was able to travel to many top clubs in England including Liverpool FC, Stoke City FC, Manchester City FC, and others. During his time in the UK he also played semi-professionally in the Welsh 2nd Division for Buckley Town Football Club. Cole played center back and right back, scoring 3 goals during his stint with Buckley. He also captained Buckley Town FC in a Welsh Cup victory.

Currently Brad coaches the 2002 Boys Vermont Olympic Development Team and assists with the University of Vermont Men's soccer program. Brad also coaches the ‘03 and ‘99/’00 boys for Far Post Soccer Club as well as being one of the clubs staff trainers during the indoor season. Cole has traveled to Holland with his Far Post and trained at top clubs including Ajax FC, PSV Eindhoven, and worked with professional manager Wil Boessen as well as KNVB trainer Leo Lejeune. His Far Post teams have also won VT State Cup and many regional premier tournaments.

Coach Cole is certified with a USSF D License.

Wiley Robinson
Director or Operations

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