Couell Takes Over HC Soccer Program

Release Date:
July 27, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

July 25, 2005

HAMBURG, NY – Former Hilbert College assistant men’s soccer coach Rick Couell has been named the program’s new head men’s soccer coach, announced director of athletics Richard Walsh.

Couell takes over the Hawks program after spending the 2004 season as an assistant coach to former head coach Tim Kronenwetter.

Last fall Couell joined the Hawks program after previously serving as the travel director for West Seneca Soccer where he also served as head coach of the boys U-11 and U-14 programs for seven years. He currently holds a USFF "E" license.

Couell brings more than 10 years of playing experience from stints in the Buffalo Men's A and B leagues. He is a product of Orchard Park High School in Orchard Park, NY.

The 2004 Hilbert College men’s soccer program finished a disappointing 1-14 overall and 0-9 in their first season as a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).  The Hawks will look to the scheduled return of 11 veterans and a solid recruiting class when they open the 2005 season at Elmira College on September 3rd.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.