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Rocky Mountain College will field a men's soccer team this year, RMC President Michael Mace announced today.

Recruiting will begin immediately, said RMC Head Coach Richard Duffy. Duffy hopes to have 16 new student athletes at RMC this fall to join the current students who have expressed interest in the program.

Duffy, will become the director of soccer operations at Rocky, overseeing the men's and women's programs, which will have concurrent seasons from August into November. Each program will have an assistant coach.

In his seventh year at Rocky, Duffy coached an RMC's women team that qualified for nationals, compiled a 14-4 re-cord, and earned other individual and team honors along the way. For the fourth consecutive year, the team received the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic Award, for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA.

Like the women's program, the men's soccer team will compete in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). Its first year schedule will include matches with Westminster, Jamestown, Mary, and Montana State University Billings, among others, Duffy said.

Duffy, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Mary, was a third team All-America soc-cer player for the Marauders in 1999. He was a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater while he completed his master's. In 2001, he was named assistant soccer coach at Rocky.

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