Declan Coll | Assistant Coach
Declan Coll will be entering his fourth season as an assistant coach for Anabel Hering.
Prior to arriving at American, Coll served on staffs at Lynchburg, Roanoke and West Virginia.
"Declan is a great addition to the staff. We are excited to welcome him to the Eagle family," said Hering. "Declan has come from programs where he was an important piece to their success. He brings great experience in coordinating recruiting, developing and motivating the team and precise organization and professionalism."
Coll spent the past two seasons on the Lynchburg College men's soccer staff after assisting Roanoke College in 2012. His teams twice won Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament titles, claiming the championship in 2012 with Roanoke and 2014 at Lynchburg.
Prior to his time at the D3 level, Coll served as a volunteer assistant coach for the West Virginia men's soccer team, where he helped plan and execute training sessions for the then-nationally ranked Mountaineers. In addition to coordinating practices, Coll held roles in film review and individual training for those coming off long-term injury.
"I am extremely excited at the opportunity afforded to me by the American University Athletics administration and by Coach Hering. This program has a storied history and has the tools in place to challenge again for conference and regional recognition," said Coll. "I am especially grateful to Senior Women's Administrator Athena Argyropolous, without whom this would not have been possible. In addition, I offer my gratitude to Athletic Director Dr. Billy Walker, Senior Associate AD Josephine Harrington and of course Coach Hering for bringing me on board. I am excited to get started with the returning group and will work vigilantly to ensure the brightest of futures for our student-athletes and the overall success of the women's soccer program at American University."
Coll was a member of the Irish League Premier Division Institute FC in 2007-08 after playing for the Northern Ireland Schoolboys National Team in 2006. He received a full athletic scholarship to West Virginia University in 2008.
A native of Derry, Ireland, Coll received his Bachelors of Arts in philosophy with a concentration in pre-law from West Virginia in 2012, as well as receiving credit for a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Coaching from the University of Delaware. He also earned a master's degree from Lynchburg College in 2015.
Monica Lovett-Groat | Assistant Coach
Monica Lovett-Groat is in her second season as assistant coach at American University. She brings expertise in goalkeeping, mental and physical player development
Lovett-Groat brings a wealth of experience to the Eagles after playing at both the Division I (Northwest State University) and NAIA (St. Thomas University, Lindenwood University and Bluefield College) level during her collegiate career.
She earned Academic-All Sun Conference in 2001, All-Heart of America Conference and NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team in 2002.
Following her college career, Lovett-Groat spent 11 years as a professional in the USL W League with the Tampa Bay Extreme and the Northern Virginia Majestics.
Lovett-Groat’s previous collegiate coaching experience was as the assistant women’s coach and goalkeeper trainer for Bluefield College (2004-05).
Since then, she has worked for the Stafford Soccer Youth program from 2013 through 2017.
In 2015, Lovett-Groat earned the U.S. Youth Girls Competitive Coach of the Year.
Lovett-Groat Holds an array of both coaching licenses and certificates. She holds three NSCAA licenses – Advanced Goalkeeping Diploma, Special Topics Training the Goalkeeper and Special Topics in Mental/Physical Player Development. Levett-Groat has a USSF D License and National Youth License.
Goalkeeper Director of ODP West Central and Capital FC.