CORTI RETURNS TO VCU AS ASSISTANT WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Soccer fans will notice a familiar face roaming the sidelines this fall.  Former graduate assistant Jamie Corti returns to the Rams as an assistant coach in time for the start of the 2012 campaign.  Corti spent last season as an assistant at her alma mater UNC Greensboro.

"We are thrilled to have Jamie back at VCU and on staff as our assistant," said Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.  "Jamie is extremely driven and holds herself to the highest standard regardless of the task at hand. Whether she is on the recruiting trail, out on the field, or in the office, it is easy to see the enormous effort she puts in. Her deep knowledge of the game and strong work ethic makes her the perfect complement to our staff. Jamie really shares our same values and has always been an excellent mentor for the players. There's no doubt that we have significantly improved our staff by bringing Jamie on board."

During her two seasons as a graduate assistant from 2009-10, Corti was part of a VCU squad that posted 13 shutouts, while ranking third in the Colonial Athletic Association in both goals allowed and goals against average in 2010.

Corti first joined the Rams in the fall of 2009 after spending four seasons as the cornerstone of UNCG's backline.  She started the final seven contests of the 2005 campaign and never looked back, earning the starting nod in 65 of the Spartans' 66 games over her final three seasons. Corti anchored a stifling defense that allowed just 0.92 goals per game over her final three years, while posting a total of 33 shutouts (41 during career).

She garnered numerous accolades during her collegiate career, including being named All-Southern Conference First Team in both 2007 and 2008.  Corti helped lead UNCG to a league title in 2006 on her way to earning a spot on the All-Tournament squad.  The championship was part of three NCAA Tournament trips with her in charge of the Spartans' backline.

Corti's success was not just limited to the field as she achieved Honor Roll status during each of her five seasons at UNCG (redshirted in 2004 due to injury).

After growing up in Florence, Italy, Corti and her family moved to Apex, N.C. prior to her high school days, where she quickly became an All-State defender at Apex High School.

She graduated from UNCG with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and received her Master's degree from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership in 2010.

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