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Apr 17, 2017

Ranney School Hires New Athletic Director

Ranney School in Tinton Falls is pleased to announce the hire of Ocean Township native Natalie (Cocchi) Gorman, currently an assistant coach at the University of Louisville, as its new athletic director, starting July 1.

A Shore Conference star during her own high school years at Red Bank Catholic, Mrs. Gorman went on to play soccer at West Virginia University (WVU). As team captain at WVU, she earned a NSCAA national ranking of #7, a Mid-Atlantic Region ranking of #1, led her team to a spot in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and won the BIG EAST Conference Championship in 2006 and 2007 – all while being named BIG EAST Player of the Week six times. During college, Mrs. Gorman also played in the professional women’s soccer league for the Pittsburgh Sparks. Since then, she has served as a soccer coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s degree in Sports Leadership and Administration, and, most recently, as the assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She also spent time coaching top youth talent at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Training Center and working with players across multiple age groups at the USYSA Region II Olympic Development program.

“Mrs. Gorman represents a positive new direction in athletic leadership for Ranney,” said Head of School Dr. John W. Griffith. “Not only does she bring a background in hiring and managing competitive coaches, but she also has experience in athletic marketing and in forging strong relationships with athletic conferences. Furthermore, we are proud to bring a woman into this role as athletic leadership at the regional and national conference level is largely dominated by men.”

Red Bank Catholic High School Athletic Director Joe Montano, who worked with Mrs. Gorman as a student athlete, noted that, “Natalie is a great hire for Ranney School. She is an outstanding person with a solid work ethic. She will bring energy and passion to your programs. I am excited for your community and what a positive impact she will make.”