Lacasse, Pickert selected 2nd team all-region; Melin a 3rd-team all-region selection
No. 23 Notre Dame rallies to defeat Hawkeyes, 4-1
Iowa faces No. 23 Notre Dame today in first NCAA appearance in program history
Iowa doesn't feel pressure heading into Friday's matchup at No. 23 Notre Dame
The match will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday at Alumni Stadium in South Bend
NCAA Tournament Nov. 15, 2013 South Bend, Ind.
Nov. 11, 2013 Feller Club Room Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Nov. 8, 2013 Champaign, Ill.
Nov. 6, 2013 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals Iowa City, Iowa
Oct. 27, 2013 Iowa Soccer Complex Iowa City, Iowa
Ron Rainey has turned the University of Iowa soccer program into consistent contenders, guiding Iowa to its two best seasons in program history the past two years. With Rainey at the helm, the Hawkeyes have averaged over 10 wins a season the past four years, marking its most successful stretch in program history.
With 65 career victories at Iowa, Rainey is the school's all-time winningest coach. His career record is 155-125-38, while he sports a 65-60-17 record at Iowa. He has guided Iowa to at least 12 wins in the past two seasons, going undefeated in nonconference play and qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament in consecutive seasons. Iowa has also re-written the record books the past two years, breaking or tying 10 school records.
Before the 2011 season, the program had just two double-digit win seasons in the past 11 years. The Hawkeyes have now tallied consecutive seasons with at least a dozen victories in 2011 and 2012. Rainey is the only coach in program history to average over nine wins per seasons. In Rainey's seven years at Iowa, the team averaged 9.3 wins per season. Before Rainey's arrival, the Hawkeyes had just nine wins in the previous three seasons combined.
Iowa wrapped up a 12-6-3 season in 2012 with a trip to Bloomington, Ind., for the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes went 9-0 in nonconference play and outscored its opponents 31-3 in that stretch. Iowa picked up Big Ten victories against Indiana and Purdue, and defeated Wisconsin, 2-0, to reach the postseason in a dramatic conclusion of the regular season. Iowa outscored its opponents, 40-19, in 2012.
The Hawkeyes finished 13-4-3 in 2011 and set or tied nine school records. Iowa went 9-0 in nonconference play and outscored its opponents 35-5 in that stretch. Iowa's 5-4-2 Big Ten record was its best since 2000. Iowa went on to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the sixth time in program history. The Hawkeyes ranked near the top in many major Big Ten statistical categories and finished fifth in Big Ten standings.
Rainey continued his success at the helm of the women's soccer team during 2010. The Hawkeyes recorded seven consecutive wins, the longest win streak in program history at the time. The team also notched a win over Big Ten opponent, Purdue, in the final game of the season.
In 2009, Rainey guided the Hawkeyes to an 8-4 record to start the season, the best start in program history. In addition to a record-breaking start, Rainey and the Hawkeyes posted seven wins at the Iowa Soccer Complex to tie the highest number of wins at home in a single season.
The Hawkeye team has shown consistent improvement during his previous three seasons as head coach. Before taking over the Hawkeyes, the team had won a total of nine games in season from 2003-05. During Rainey's first three years the team has won a total of 23 games, and in each of Rainey's first three seasons, Iowa's win totals went from from six to eight to nine wins in 2008.
The Hawkeyes also advanced to the Big Ten Tournament in 2007 and 2008. In the first nine seasons of the Hawkeye program the team had advanced to the Big Ten Tournament just three times.
Rainey joined the Hawkeyes from Ball State University before the start of the 2006 season, where he served as the school's head coach since the program's inaugural season in 1999. Under his tutelage, the Cardinals posted a 70-52-17 record in seven seasons.
Ball State showed swift improvement under Rainey's guidance, and amassed a 62-25-14 record in his last five years. In 2001, he coached the third-year program to a 12-6-2 mark and was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. In 2005, Rainey guided Ball State to a 15-3-2 record and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the fifth-consecutive year.
Before starting the program at Ball State, Rainey served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa for the first two seasons of the Hawkeye program (1997-98). In Iowa's first year of varsity soccer, Rainey and the Hawkeyes were named the No. 1 first-year program by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
Prior to his stint with Iowa, Rainey was the head women's coach at Towson State University for one year, where his team was 10-7-2 and won the America East Tournament. He has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati (1995-96), and head coach and sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1994-1995), where his first year team finished with a 10-6-2 record. Rainey was also the graduate assistant coach at Trenton State College (1992-94).
Outside the collegiate ranks, Rainey has served as a regional staff coach for the Region II Girls Olympic Development Program every summer since 1994. He received his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" License in 1996 and his "B" License in 1995. He has also written articles for leading soccer publications such as Soccer Coaching Magazine and presented at numerous coaching clinics around the Midwest.
Rainey graduated from Wilkes University in 1992 with degrees in Mathematics and English. He went on to get his Master of Education degree from Trenton State College in 1994.
As a player, Rainey was a two-time captain and team MVP for Wilkes University. In 1990, he was a second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-region pick.
Rainey's wife Margaret earned her master's degree in education at Iowa and played collegiate soccer at the University of Wisconsin. They have three children: Wade (11), Sally (9) and Mary (7).