SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women's soccer head coach Randy Dedini announced that 2018 team MVP Caitlin Prothe will join his coaching staff as a student assistant for the 2019 season.
"We are extremely happy to add Caitlin Prothe to our women's soccer staff as a student assistant and team manager," said Dedini on Tuesday. "As a former captain and team MVP, having Caitlin's presence around our team in 2019 will be a fantastic addition."
"I'm so happy that I am able to still be a part of this program," said Prothe. "This opportunity allows me to finish my school while still being a part of a team, but in a new way. I can't wait to learn and grow within this new position. I'm very excited for these girls and this team. I can't wait to see what the 2019 season brings."
Prothe played four seasons for Sacramento State, exhausting her NCAA eligibility at the end of last season. In her four years, she was a two-time First Team all-Big Sky selection as well as a two-time Big Sky all-academic.
As a senior, Prothe - who was selected as the team captain before the start of the season - earned the Hornets' 2018 Offensive Player of the Year award and the Team MVP award, as voted on by her teammates. She led the 2018 squad in points and scored a team-leading five goals.
During her junior season, Prothe scored five goals, finishing with 11 total points, third most on the team. She started 16 matches, appearing in 18 total. Following the season, she received the team's annual Coaches Award.
Although she is done playing for the Hornets, Prothe is completing her undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and is expected to graduate from Sacramento State in spring 2020. During her final year, she will remain involved with Hornets soccer as a student assistant and team manager.
Prothe's role with the team will include various responsibilities, ranging from training organization to social media.
"We expect her to assist in running our trainings, organizing team travel and game day management, managing our social media accounts, and more," added Dedini. "But most importantly, Caitlin is a well-respected role model for our team. Our program will benefit in many ways from her continued presence, positive attitude, and leadership."