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NDSU names Indiana assistant as head women's soccer coach

FARGO—North Dakota State hired a women's head soccer coach with 13 years of experience in the college ranks. Michael Regan is only 33 years old.

It's been a quick ascent in the business and on Friday, Jan. 19, NDSU introduced its fifth head coach in program history. Regan was 20 years old when he took the head men's coaching position at North Iowa Area Community College.

He was a player at North Iowa for two years before taking over for Colin Murphy, a coach who was also a lawyer in town.

"He got busy with his practice so we reversed roles," Regan said. "That's where I started my journey and it's where it was meant to be."

He was successful at it, too. Regan was 74-17-6 in five seasons with North Iowa earning conference Coach of the Year honors three times. He moved on to Drake University (Iowa) as an assistant coach for four years and spent the last two as an assistant in the Big Ten Conference at Indiana.

Drake won a Missouri Valley Conference title in 2015.

"I think from my time at Drake, I always knew from afar this place had high standards," Regan said of NDSU. "One, the institution was growing and athletically it was growing. I went to Indiana and the Bison footprint continued to grow. When I got here, I was taken aback by the vision. It was clear we want to be bigger and better than we are now. For a young professional, I want to be part of this."

Regan takes over for Mark Cook, who resigned after six seasons. Cook won two regular season Summit League titles.

"We talk a lot about expectations, the expectations are high here," said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. "Mike is somebody who understands and embraces the expectations we have at North Dakota State. He believes this program should be successful annually."

Jeff Kolpack
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