Regrutto taking a step back from coaching, resigns as head women's soccer coach

Regrutto taking a step back from coaching, resigns as head women's soccer coach

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 18, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Women's Soccer Coach Paul Regrutto has resigned from his position and will be taking a step back from coaching to focus on his family. Regrutto's last day was Tuesday.

"It's mostly just family-based, really," Regrutto said. "When it comes down to the time it takes to be a good coach, at least the way I perceive it, it takes a considerable amount of time. Now, with just recently being married and having a baby, I found it difficult to find the balance. Right now, I want to put more time into the family side of things. It's been a really hard decision. My wife has been really supportive."

"Paul has done a beyond outstanding job with the women's soccer program," said CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda. "He is a hard worker that truly cares about his student-athletes' success both on and off the field. Paul has brought the program to new heights and will be hard to replace. We wish him the best of luck in the future."

In the interim, CSU-Pueblo Assistant Coach Pascale Rocca will serve as head coach while a national search is conducted for the program's fifth coach.

Regrutto's first child was born during the first week of the 2016 fall camp, a season which ended with the Pack making their first NCAA Tournament appearance and Regrutto being honored as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Regrutto went 36-31-6 in four seasons at CSU-Pueblo, which includes the historic 14-5-1 record in 2016.

In four seasons with the Pack, Regrutto helped place fifteen players on the All-RMAC list, 12 were named to the NSCAA All-South Central Team and one earned D2CCA All-Region Second Team honors.

The Pack placed 34 players on the RMAC All-Academic list, while six earned RMAC Player of the Week accolades.The women's soccer team is a three-time NSCAA Academic Award recipient under Regrutto.

This season he led the ThunderWolves squad to a 10-1 record at home and a perfect 6-0 in conference home matches.

The Regrutto-led ThunderWolves set a new program record during the 2016 season, scoring a nine-game win streak from Sept. 25 through Oct. 28. The Pack went 7-0-1 during the month of October.

CSU-Pueblo beat nationally-ranked Colorado School of Mines in both 2015 and 2016, which included a 2-0 upset win at home Oct. 2, 2016 over the then-No. 3 Orediggers.

The Pack earned national recognition for the first time in program history, as they earned the No. 23 spot in the NSCAA Poll released Nov. 1 and finished fourth in the final NCAA South Central Regional Rankings.

Regrutto began his Pack head coaching career in 2013 and finished with a 7-10-0 record in his inaugural season. In 2014, in just his season year at the helm, Regrutto led the Pack to their first RMAC postseason appearance since 2008.

Regrutto is a 2001 graduate of CSU-Pueblo and played three seasons for current men's head coach Roy Stanley. He played in 45 games and helped lead CSU-Pueblo to its school-record 15-5-1 RMAC Championship season in 1999, when he was a team captain.

He was the assistant men's soccer coach with the ThunderWolves under Stanley from 2007-11, and assisted Stanley as an assistant for both the men's and women's programs from 2002-2006.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.