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Ante Cop
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Southern New Hampshire
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 1st Year
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Ante Cop Bio
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 07/30/2014

Ante Cop joined the Ball State soccer coaching staff prior to the 2014 season and serves as the Cardinals’ goalkeeper coach. He brings professional playing experience as well as coaching experience at both the professional and collegiate levels.

In his first year, Cop helped Ball State to an 11-7-2 record, a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference West Division and a semifinals appearance in the league tournament. The Cardinals' goalkeepers combined for nine shutouts, one shy of the school record.

Cop tutored freshman goalkeeper Alyssa Heintschel, who recorded shutouts in her first three collegiate starts. It was the first time Ball State shut out three straight opponents since 2007.

A former All-American at Southern New Hampshire University, Cop played most recently for the Chicago Riot (2010-11) and the Milwaukee Wave (2012) of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He served as both a player and assistant coach for the Rockford Rampage Professional Soccer Club (2005-10, 2012-13), helping the team to an American Indoor Soccer League National Championship in 2008.

Cop joined the Ball State staff after spending the previous seven years (2007-13) on the coaching staff for Robert Morris University, an NAIA program in Chicago, Ill. His final four years at Robert Morris, he served as the Eagles’ top assistant, goalkeeper coach and director of recruiting and scouting.

He coached a pair of All-American goalkeepers at Robert Morris and helped the program to five postseason appearances and one conference regular season championship in 2011. The Eagles reached their first top-25 ranking that season.

Cop has club-level coaching experience with the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club in Milwaukee, Wis., and HNK Zrinski in Chicago. The Croatian Eagles won the United States Adult Soccer Association Open Cup National Championship in 2012.

Cop earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern New Hampshire University, where he played from 1995-98. He holds a USSF B National License, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and an NSCAA National Goalkeeping License.

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