J.P. Sousa has been the head women’s soccer coach at Catholic University since 2004. In 12 seasons at the helm, he has set the mark for winningest coach in school history with a 145-70-19 record and led the team to four conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
CUA enjoyed incredible back-to-back seasons in the nation's capital over the past two years. 2014 saw the Cardinals post a 16-2-3 overall record, going undefeated in the Landmark Conference on their way to a second league championship. They finished the regular season with a #24 national ranking by D3soccer.com before the start of the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Second Round for the first time in program history. The Cardinals followed that up in 2015 with a 17-3 record, which included a perfect run through the Landmark Conference to win another title before advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Seven student-athletes were named All-Conference each year, with six players going on to earn All-Region honors. The Landmark Conference named Tricia Colucci as Defensive Player of the Year and Alexa Povelaitis as Rookie of the Year in 2014. Lindsay Aleman was named Offensive Player of the Year and Taylor Pisk was the Rookie of the Year in 2015. Sousa and his assistants were honored as the Coaching Staff of the Year both years.
The 2009 season was exciting for Sousa and the Cardinals, as they won 17 matches, captured the Landmark Conference championship for the first time ever and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in five years. In addition CUA was ranked #25 in the NSCAA Division III national poll following an unbeaten season on its home turf (10-0-1). For their tremendous efforts, four Cardinals earned All-Landmark Conference honors, three were named ECAC All-Stars, two garnered All-Region accolades, and Helene Nicoletti and Courtney Orgill were named the Landmark Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively.
Under Sousa’s direction in 2005, the Cardinals enjoyed their most successful season in school history with an 18-1-2 record. They completed an undefeated regular season, won the Capital Athletic Conference Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. They placed a record seven players on the All-CAC teams and swept the post-season awards, including Sousa’s first Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year honor.
A standout forward for two years at Western Connecticut State University, after transferring to WCSU from George Mason University in 1996, Sousa went on to lead the team in scoring with six goals and 17 points his junior year and was ranked fifth in scoring in the Little East Conference. As a senior, Sousa tallied another six goals, leading his team to the ECAC New England Region Tournament, and was nominated for the Academic All-America team.
Sousa began coaching youth soccer in 1998 for Eastern FC of Greenwich and led their U13 boys team to the Connecticut State Cup title and an appearance in the USYSA Region I Championships. Sousa then moved to Virginia where he coached U15 girls and U13 boys for Vienna Youth Soccer from 1999 to 2002. Since then, he has spent time training girls youth teams for the McLean and Chantilly soccer clubs, was an assistant coach for both the boys and girls varsity teams at Oakton High School from 2003 to 2006, was on the Northern District Virginia ODP coaching staff from 2004 to 2007, and coached Super Y League soccer for the Northern Virginia Majestics, assisting with the U17 teams in 2008 and 2009. Sousa joined the coaching staff at DC United Women in 2012, working with the U20 team that advanced to the USL Super20 North American Finals championship game. That club became the Washington Spirit of the NWSL in 2013, where Sousa took over the Spirit Reserves and led them to the Northeastern conference title and a spot in the W-League Championships, finishing third. Sousa stayed on as an assistant coach in 2014 and saw the Spirit Reserves win another conference title and finish as W-League runners-up, while also taking home the US Soccer National Amateur Championship. He assisted again last summer and helped lead the Spirit Reserves to a third conference title on their way to the 2015 W-League championship.
Originally from Danbury, Conn., Sousa was a three-year starting varsity player at Danbury High School earning all-conference honors twice and all-area honors once. He led all area scorers with 22 goals and 11 assists as a senior in 1993. While Sousa played for Danbury, the team won three consecutive conference titles, was a state finalist in 1991, state semi-finalist in 1993, and ranked as high as #14 nationally in the NSCAA/USA Today poll. He also earned all-conference and all-state honors in track and field.
Sousa graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned his master’s degree in education for school counseling at George Mason University in 2006. He currently works as a school counselor at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Va., and resides in Fairfax, Va., with his wife Suzanne, son Cameron, and daughter Addison.