Mejia-Blau becomes the new assistant coach in women’s football


ITHAKA, NY – Ithaca College Women’s Head Coach Mindy Quigg, now in her 28th season at IC, has announced that Francisco Javier Mejia-Blau will be the next assistant coach for the upcoming 2021 season. The Bombers, who haven’t played since November 2, 2019, will officially start their season on September 1 against Elmira College at 4 p.m. at home

“I am proud to have Javi in ​​our bomber program,” said Quigg. “Javi brings a wealth of coaching experience to Ithaca along with a dynamic personality and irrepressible enthusiasm for the athletic and educational experience. His contributions will go well beyond the football fields and enrich our entire Ithaca college community.”

Most recently, Mejia-Blau worked for the South Shore Select Soccer Club in Hingham, Massachusetts, as a staff coach and director of college counseling and advisory services. Working with all ages and skill levels in the club, he developed a recruiting curriculum, helped scout colleges and universities to meet the academic and athletic needs of players, and taught NCAA rules and regulations.

Prior to joining South Shore Select, Mejia-Blau was an assistant coach at Syracuse University in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Mejia-Blau learned and taught in Syracuse under the US Olympic team and World Cup coach Phil Wheddon.

“I am very excited to be part of the Ithaca College family,” said Mejia-Blau. “This is a fantastic college, a traditionally successful athletics department and a world class women’s football program. I owe head coach Mindy Quigg, director of athletics Susan Bassett ’79 and the rest of the Finding Committee to be grateful for letting me join. I look forward to helping the talented young women of Ithaca College women’s football grow as people, students and athletes, and I can’t wait to get started. “

Prior to his appointment to Syracuse, Mejia-Blau was the head coach of men’s football at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts for two seasons in 2015 and 2016. During these two seasons, Mejia-Blau trained five conference-only players and 13 academic player-award winners of the conference as well as two-time selections as NSCAA Team Academic recipients.

Mejia-Blau has also served as an assistant at Assumption College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University. His coaching career goes back to 2004. In addition to his college-level coaching experience, Mejia-Blau was an assistant with the Boston Breakers – a professional women’s soccer team – in 2010.

As a student, Mejia-Blau played one season at Hartford University before moving to Emerson in 2001. He played two seasons with the Lions and was the captain for two years, leading the program to 14 wins in 2004.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and his master’s degree in recreational and exercise science with a focus on coaching from Ohio University. He also has certifications in coaching and goalkeeping from the United Soccer Coaches.


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