University of Houston-Victoria head soccer coach Adrian Rigby has been named the Assistant Athletics Director for UHV.


Rigby will continue with his coaching duties while serving in his new role.


Rigby's new duties, along with his coaching duties, will be to coordinate and oversee the UHV athletics internship programs and to develop and oversee a UHV student-athlete workforce readiness program.


Rigby has piloted an internship project the past couple of semesters and will expand on that in collaboration with the UHV School of Business. The program helps provide students the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience and better positions them to obtain employment upon graduation and is an affordable way for UHV athletics to gain extra manpower to support the needs of the department.


He will also be tasked with developing the student-athlete workforce readiness program in which all UHV student-athletes will be required to participate in graduation-year specific learning each semester to prepare them to successfully obtain employment and enter the workforce upon graduation.


"This is a great opportunity for the athletic department and our student-athletes," said UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow, in making the announcement Thursday. "It's been identified as a need both locally and nationally and we can be pioneers in this type of skill training.


"This is an exciting endeavor that I don't believe is being done on the NAIA level and I know only of couple of NCAA programs that have started moving in this direction."


Rigby helped start the UHV program and has served as the men's and women's head soccer coach since the program's inception in 2010.

His teams have each made four appearances to their respective conference tournaments while his has compiled a 59-49-10 record with the men's program and a 52-59-4 record with the women's program. Each of the last three years he has won 10 or more games on the men's side, while has recorded 12 wins each of the last two seasons on the women's side.