Rohan Naraine is in his second season as the head coach for Mississippi Valley’s women’s soccer program. He is the fifth coach in the history of the program.
In his first campaign at the helm, the Devilettes won five contests and tied in four more. The team narrowly missed a trip to the SWAC Championship. He coached MVSU forward Laadi Isaaka to come in first with 47 points, leading her to be named SWAC Player of the Year. Soccer also won the Perpetual Plaque, representing the highest GPA of any team at Valley.
He came to Itta Bena with over 25 years of coaching experience and MVSU is his sixth stop as a head coach. His most successful stop was Coastal Carolina, where he went 48-29-7 guiding the Chanticleers from 2006-09. Naraine also coached Coker College, St. Andrews and SWAC institutions Southern (2003-05) and Arkansas Pine Bluff (2013-15).
Naraine is a native of Guyana and grew up in London. He lived in England for 10 years before moving to the United States as a teenager, playing soccer at Theodore Roosevelt High in Washington, D.C. He was team captain of the 1980 State Championship team and was selected the Washington Post’s "Player of the Year."
Naraine played collegiate soccer for nationally-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan College, and led the program to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1984. Naraine was the team captain and selected to the All-South Region teams in 1983 and 1984. His playing career ended in 1984 due to a knee injury, but he remained at NC Wesleyan as an assistant coach of the men’s and women’s programs during the 1985 and 1986 seasons. He graduated in 1986.
He is married to his wife, Nalini, and the couple have a daughter, Nikki.