STATEN ISLAND – Former French youth international goalkeeper Tanya de Souza was named an assistant coach with the Wagner College women’s soccer team, it was announced Wednesday.
De Souza comes to Grymes Hill after playing at Oklahoma State in 2017. Prior to her one season in the Big 12, de Souza performed three seasons at Mississippi State, where Wagner head coach Phil Casella served as an assistant coach.
“It’s a pleasure to be reunited with Tanya,” Casella said. “She was a great goalkeeper, who I have had the pleasure to work with for three years. She showed lots of desire, passion and commitment to be the best. I’m confident that she will bring that into her coaching career and I know our goalkeepers will benefit from her playing experience with the French national team, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State, as she looks to pass that along.”
As a senior at Oklahoma State, de Souza started seven games, compiling 12 saves, along with a 0.79 goals-against average. In three seasons at Mississippi State, the Paris, France native competed in 40 matches, including 38 starts, making 179 saves.
Early in her career, de Souza was a member of the French Under-16 and U-19 national teams and was selected for the U-19 squad that won a European Championship. As a member of France’s Juvisy, de Souza helped her club to a spot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
De Souza earned coaching experience working at soccer camps at Oklahoma State, as well as Mississippi State, and was a member of the Oklahoma State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
At Wagner, de Souza will work with goalkeepers while also pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration.