Press release from Ranney School

Natalie (Cocchi) Gorman, a soccer standout and graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, has been named by Ranney School as its new Athletic Director, effective July 1.

A native of Ocean Township and currently an assistant coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Mrs. Gorman was a Shore Conference star during her own high school years at RBC. She went on to play soccer at West Virginia University (WVU), where as team captain she earned a NSCAA national ranking of #7, a Mid-Atlantic Region ranking of #1, led her team to a spot in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and won the BIG EAST Conference Championship in 2006 and 2007—all while being named BIG EAST Player of the Week six times.

During college, Mrs. Gorman also played in the professional women’s soccer league for the Pittsburgh Sparks. Since then, she has served as a soccer coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (where she earned a master’s degree in Sports Leadership and Administration) and, most recently, as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Louisville.

She also spent time coaching top youth talent at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Training Center and working with players across multiple age groups at the USYSA Region II Olympic Development program.

“Mrs. Gorman represents a positive new direction in athletic leadership for Ranney,” said Head of School Dr. John W. Griffith. “Not only does she bring a background in hiring and managing competitive coaches, but she also has experience in athletic marketing and in forging strong relationships with athletic conferences.

“Furthermore, we are proud to bring a woman into this role, as athletic leadership at the regional and national conference level is largely dominated by men.”

Red Bank Catholic High School Athletic Director Joe Montano, who worked with Natalie as a student athlete, noted that “Natalie is a great hire for Ranney School…I am excited for your community and what a positive impact she will make.”