Napa Valley College has hired Randi Simmons as its new women's soccer coach and Rogelio Ochoa as its new men's soccer coach.
"We look forward to building our program into one of the top women's programs in Northern California," said Jerry Dunlap, NVC's Associate Dean of Physical Education and Athletics. "Coach Simmons has played and coached at a high level, and has an extensive background in recruiting."
As Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, Simmons helped lead the Bears to a 2016 NCAA Division III national championship. It was the 20th championship in the school's history, but the first in soccer.
A native of St. Louis, Simmons served as women's soccer team captain in 2013 for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
"I have this vision to be as committed to the Napa community and the program as I can be," said Simmons, 26. "I view the recipe as one of support and investment with the community, spreading the word and building our brand through our culture."
Ochoa has been the boys soccer head coach for Napa High School for the past five years, compiling a 59-31-13 record.
Dunlap said Coach Ochoa "checked all the boxes were looking for in a new head coach and mentor. Rogelio possesses a master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration, teaches AVID classes and has led a very competitive soccer program.
"We were also impressed with Rogelio's track record of helping his student-athletes matriculate to the four-year level and placing an emphasis on academics, which will benefit student-athletes here at Napa Valley College."