Rockford University

Rockford University Athletics
5050 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Josh Rohde

Josh Rohde is entering his first season as the head men's soccer coach at Rockford University. He joins the Regents after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at UW-Whitewater. Rohde is now the twentieth head coach in the program's 56-year history.

Rohde brings a wealth of knowledge and a tradition of success to the Rockford sideline after spending the past three years as an assistant at UW-Whitewater. While at Whitewater, Rohde was heavily involved in all aspects of the Warhawk men's soccer program. Some of his duties included recruiting, conducting training sessions, scouting opponents, overseeing the academic success of his players, and directing camps. The Warhawks won at least 10 games in all three of his years including a pair of 14-win seasons. UW-Whitewater also earned back-to-back at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament and advanced to the second round on each occasion.

Rohde entered the coaching ranks after a standout, three-year career with the Warhawks from 2012-14. After making six starts at goalkeeper as a member of the UW-Milwaukee men's soccer program in 2011, Rohde transferred to UW-Whitewater and made an immediate impact on the team. A two-year starter, Rohde helped the Warhawks reach the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament as a senior captain in 2014. He was named third team NSCAA/NCAA Division III All-North Region, second team All-WIAC and honorable mention NSCAA Wisconsin all-state. Rohde led the conference in save percentage (.815) and shutouts (6.2) during his senior campaign. He wrapped up his career with 12 shutouts, fourth-most in program history.

After graduating from college Rohde played multiple seasons for the Milwaukee Torrent, a professional outdoor team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). He now currently is a member of the Bavarians USPL team, a amateur team based in Milwaukee.

Rohde is the owner, founder and director of Divergent Goalkeeping Academy, a training program that specializes in goalkeeper specific training based in the Waukesha area. He is also now the Director of Goalkeeping for FC Wisconsin, where he oversees all of the club's goalkeepers from ages U10-U18/U19.

Rohde earned his bachelor's degree in General Management in 2015 and his master's degree in Athletic Administration in 2016 from UW-Whitewater.

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Kyler Olson

Kyler Olson is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Rockford University men's soccer program. Olson spent time during his first season as the interim head coach for the men's soccer program. Olson joins the Regents already familiar with the Rockford area, as he attended Hononegah High School where he spent three years on the varsity men's soccer team. During his time at Hononegah, Olson was a standout player earning all-conference and all-state recognition.

Prior to arriving at Rockford University, Olson played four years of collegiate soccer at Loras College. During that time the Duhawks earned a trio of NCAA Tournament berths, including three sweet sixteen appearances, two trips to the elite eight, two final four appearances and one appearance in the National Championship Game. Olson concluded his collegiate career starting all 18 matches his senior season and scoring nine goals, including four game-winning goals. He also finished second on the team with twenty points. Olson named was named All-Iowa Conference that season for his stellar play on the field.

In addition to his playing experience, Olson spent multiple years coaching at the high school level. He served one year as an assistant coach for the junior varsity men's soccer team and one year as the head coach for the junior varsity men's soccer team at Wahlert High School. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for their varsity men's soccer program.

Olson graduated from Loras College in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Finance. He is now working towards his MBA at Rockford University.

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