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Jim DeRose
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Cinnaminson, N.J.
Alma Mater: Johnson State (Vt.) College
Graduating Year: 1989
Major: Secondary Education
Experience: 20 Years
Phone: 309-677-2674
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Jim DeRose
Courtesy: Bradley University
Release: 07/05/2007

Jim DeRose, 39, came to Bradley  University in 1996 as the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I college soccer and as he prepares for his 12th season, he remains one of the top young coaches in the game.  But after winning three Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles, advancing to nine consecutive MVC Tournament Final Fours and playing in three NCAA Tournaments, DeRose now has a wealth of successful experience to draw from as he continues to lead the Braves forward.


In his first career head coaching position, DeRose rapidly built the Braves program into one of the top squads in the Midwest and he continues to make Bradley Soccer a presence on the national college soccer scene.


A native of Cinnaminson, N.J., DeRose brings enthusiasm, a hard-work ethic and popularity to The Hilltop.  Those characteristics have helped him claim three Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year awards -- 1996 , 1998 and 2006 (staff award) -- and the 1998 NSCAA Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year honor.  In addition, the website named DeRose one of the nation’s top teachers and tacticians in the college game in 2000.


Those honors have substantial backing.  In his first 11 years at Bradley, DeRose has coached the Braves to a 127-79-21 (.606) record, which includes nine of the top 10 seasons in the program’s 20-year history.  His 127 Bradley victories represent 71.3 percent of the program’s all-time win total (178).  DeRose also has guided the Braves to three Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championships (1998, 2005 and 2006), six appearanes in the MVC Tournament championship game in the last eight years and three at-large invitations to the NCAA Tournament (2000, 2002 and 2005).


DeRose became Bradley’s third soccer head coach in the spring of 1996 and he inherited a program that had produced only 51 victories during its nine-year existence (51-114-11, .321) and was coming off consecutive three-win seasons.  While compiling his impressive record, DeRose has guided the Braves to a pair of double-digit unbeaten streaks, the three longest winning streaks in school history -- six in 1997, seven in 1998 and eight in 2002-- and the program’s first-ever national rankings:  the Braves climbed to No. 14 in Soccer America magazine’s weekly poll during the 1998 season and now have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams during seven of the last nine seasons.


Not only have the Braves enjoyed tremendous team success, DeRose’s coaching has led to countless individual accomplishments among his players.  Former Brave Gavin Glinton (1998-2001) ended his career as the Missouri Valley Conference career leader in goals (53) and points (133) and he remains the only four-time All-American in Bradley Athletics and Valley soccer history.  At the other end of the field, former Braves goalkeeper Chris Dunsheath (2001-05) finished third in NCAA history with  8,197 career minutes played and set the Valley record with 27.5 career shutouts.  The 2005 Valley Defensive Player of the Year, Dunsheath became the first keeper in league history to earn four All-MVC awards (second team in 2002 and first team in 2003, 2004 and 2005).


DeRose’s Bradley program also has produced six Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections in the last seven years.  Dunsheath became the most recent addition to that list in 2006 when he was taken in the third round by the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Other MLS SuperDraft selections under DeRose’s watch include Luke Kreamalmeyer (2005, MLS Combine MVP), Tim Regan (2003), Hamid Mehreioskouei (2003), Glinton (2002) and Bryan Namoff (2001).  The 2007 MLS season opened with Glinton (Los Angeles), Namoff (D.C.) and Regan (New York) on active MLS rosters, while Kreamalmeyer (Portland Timbers) and Jon Caldwell (Carolina Railhawks) were set for the USL First Division and Salim Bullen (Greece) was preparing to take his game overseas.


While Bradley’s on-field success under DeRose is impressive, the accomplishments of his players in the classroom are even more impressive.  DeRose’s players have collected 11 “ESPN the Magazine” Academic All-America or NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American awards, 21 regional and district academic awards and 34 Valley Scholar-Athlete awards.


DeRose came to Bradley after spending the 1995 season as the top assistant at the University of Richmond.  While aiding the rising Spiders program, DeRose also served as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 1995 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship, now known as the College Cup.


No stranger to Central Illinois, DeRose spent three years (1992-94) as the top assistant at Illinois State University before the Normal, Ill., school dropped the men’s soccer program.  DeRose also was an assistant at Vermont in 1991, helping the program stay in the regional (top five ranking) and national (top 20) spotlight.


DeRose began his coaching career at his alma mater, Johnson State College, in Johnson, Vt.  While playing goalkeeper for Johnson State, DeRose helped the Badgers to consecutive NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances and regular top 20 rankings.  As a senior in 1989, DeRose earned NAIA first-team All-America honors while capturing the New England Player-of-the-Year Award.  In postseason play that year, DeRose took MVP honors at the Senior Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. 


DeRose followed his college career by playing professionally in Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League.


In addition to his NCAA Division I coaching experience, DeRose has been a member of both the Region I (East) and Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program coaching staffs, while serving nine years as an ODP State Team coach in Vermont and Illinois.


DeRose has both a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Johnson State.  He also owns a USSF “B” license and a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma.


DeRose and his wife, Robin, are the parents of two children:  15-year-old daughter Raleigh and 10-year old son J.R.

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