Pedro Lopes (soccer)

Pedro Lopes is a retired American soccer player who coached the NJIT Highlanders men's soccer team. He played professionally in the USISL.

Pedro Lopes
Personal information
Place of birth United States
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1990–1994 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 North Jersey Imperials
Teams managed
1995 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (assistant)
1996 Centenary College of New Jersey (assistant)
1997–2002 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (assistant)
2003–2010 NJIT Highlanders
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Lopes was raised in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Saint Benedict's Preparatory School where he was a 1989 NSCAA High School All American soccer player.[1] He then attended Rutgers University, playing on the men's soccer team from 1990 to 1994, starting all 86 games during his collegiate career. In 1990, Rutgers finished runner-up to the UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship. He was a 1993 First Team and 1994 Second Team All American.[2][3] He was the 1994 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.[4] In 2004, Rutgers inducted Lopes into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1996 and 1997, Lopes played professionally with the North Jersey Imperials of the USISL.


Lopes began coaching as a volunteer assistant at Rutgers in 1995. In August 1996, he became an assistant with the Centenary College men's team before returning to the Scarlet Knights as a full-time assistant coach. In 1996, Lopes joined the Jersey Knights Soccer Club, becoming the club's Director of Coaching in 2000.[5] In 2003, the New Jersey Institute of Technology hired Lopes as head coach of the men's soccer team.


  1. 1989 High School All Americans
  2. 1993 All Americans
  3. 1994 All Americans
  4. "Atlantic 10 Soccer Records". Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  5. "Jersey Knights: Staff". Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
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