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Aaron Champenoy, in his ninth season with the Celts, brings 18 years of coaching experience to hisp program at UST. He previously coached with the Houston Dynamo Youth Academy, where he worked directly with player development. Champenoy completed a certificate of coaching from the English Football Association. Champenoy also holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Coaching Special Topics certification, as well as the NSCAA National and Advanced National Diploma, both with Distinction. Coach Champenoy was also active with the Nebraska Olympic Development Program, where he was a head coach for four years.
“UST is a great institution with the potential to be a consistent national power, and the city of Houston is an ideal location to continue to build this new program. There is a wealth of soccer talent in this city, and I plan on tapping into that talent early and often. My goal is to use this position to help mold student athletes to succeed on the field, and in the classroom, as well as in society and the workforce.”
While at UST, Champenoy has led the Celts to 6 post season appearances in 7 eligible years. While at the helm, Coach Champenoy, had taken the team to 2 NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2013. Since joining the Red River Athletic Conference in 2011, Champenoy has posted a RRAC conference record of 28-12 qualifying 3 of 4 year for the post-season tournament, 2 appearances in the championship. In 2013 the team won both the RRAC regular season and tournament championships earning himself RRAC Coach of the Year honors.
Champenoy, a 2003 graduate of Bellevue University in Nebraska, finished his playing career as a two-time Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team player and a three-time All-Nebraska College First Team selection. In 2001, his final season as a player, Champenoy added an All-Region IV First Team award and received All-American Honors to round out his resume. Champenoy was also the first men’s soccer player to be named the Bellevue University Athlete of the Year in 2001-2002.
In four seasons at Bellevue University, Champenoy led his previous team, the Bruins, to four consecutive appearances in the MCAC and Region IV tournaments. In those four seasons, the Bruins placed 26 players on the MCAC All-Conference teams, with four Player of the Year winners, nine players to the Region IV team and nine players with All-American honors. The 2005 and 2006 Bruins team finished with a two-year record of 33-9-0, 2005 national ranking of 17 and back-to-back MCAC tournament championships, giving the Bruins four MCAC titles in six years.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Champenoy lives in Houston with his wife Angelica along with their four children: Cayden, 15, Ava, 13, Aleta, 9 and Piper, 4.
Shane Rojas enters his fifth year as a volunteer assistant coach on the UST men’s soccer staff. Rojas has been a great addition to the staff since 2011 and will continue to work directly with player development and assist with strength and conditioning. A native of Port of Spain, Trinidad, Rojas was a three-year starter for the Celts and played a variety of roles for the team. A true utility player, Rojas had a major role in the Celts run at the 2011 NAIA National Tournament. Rojas graduated from UST with a bachelor's in finance with a minor in psychology and has recently comleted a graduate degree at the Cameron School of Business at UST.
Lukas “Miko” Simon enters his fifth season on the coaching staff at UST after a stellar career while on the field and in the classroom at St. Thomas. Simon will be directing the development of the UST goal keepers and work with team training sessions. A native of Munich, Germany, Simon finished his career at St. Thomas in 2010 by leading the team to its first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance. Simon, is one of the most decorated player in the Celts history, was a two-year captain and now brings experience to help mold the future goalkeepers. Simon earned a bachelor's in bioinformatics and is currently pursuing a doctorate in structural and computational biology and molecular biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Mark Zimmerman enters his fourth season on the UST coaching staff after an extensive playing career. Zimmerman, a native Houstonian and 2005 graduate of Memorial High School, played collegiately at Florida International University in Miami. Throughout his career, Zimmerman trained abroad with Mexico City's Club America, Italy's Brescia Calcio Football Club and France's O.G.C. Nice. Zimmerman was a 2007 trial list player in Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids. Zimmerman will work with player development for the Celts as well as taking on a major recruiting role for the program.
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