After ending her professional playing career in January, Rebekah Roller (Brookfield East) is starting her college coaching career with the reigning NCAA Division III women's national champions.
The 25-year-old Roller was named a full-time assistant by Washington-St. Louis coach Jim Conlon in late March. She replaced Randi Simmons, who left the Bears to take over as coach at Napa Valley (Calif.).
"Rebekah is going to be a great fit into our WashU women's soccer family," Conlon said in a news release. "She has a tremendous playing background and possesses all the key attributes of a great coach. She is going to make an immediate impact with the women on the team."
Roller tied DePaul women's program records for appearances (82) and starts (80) during her college career from 2010 to '13, scoring two goals and adding 10 assists.
She signed with Merilappi United in Finland's top-level Naisten Liiga in 2015, then returned stateside last year and joined up with with the Chicago Red Stars – Roller played for the club's Reserves in the Women's Premier Soccer League and was on the bench for several first-team matches in the National Women's Soccer League.
Roller closed out her career with a six-month stint with ASD Mozzanica in Italy's Women's Serie A, making two appearances (one start).
"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the WashU Women's Soccer program and the Bear family. The energy and support within the program and the athletic department as a whole was more than apparent during my time spent on campus," Roller said. "It's an excellent program that plays for an outstanding university, and I cannot think of a better program to join."
The Bears' roster last season included a pair of Wisconsin natives in Megan Wolf (Racine Prairie School) – she converted the winning kick from the spot as Washington-St. Louis outlasted Messiah (Pa.) 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the national final last December – and fellow junior defender Elise Brown (Madison West).
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