Scott Palguta was introduced as the third head coach in program history on Feb. 6, 2015.
Under Palguta’s guidance, the Tigers have posted a combined 41-10-9 record and continue to build upon their status as one of the elite programs in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the West Region and in all of Division III men’s soccer.
During his two seasons as an assistant, Colorado College compiled a 29-10-4 record and were ranked as high as No. 14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Division III poll. With last year’s 15-4-2 record, the Tigers posted their most victories since the 2004 squad finished with a 16-4-1 mark.
Prior to joining CC for the 2013 season, Palguta played four seasons as a defender with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. He signed with Colorado in 2009 and was part of the 2010 team that won the MLS Cup.
A native of Toms River, N.J., Palguta was a two-time all-Ivy League selection at Cornell University, where he graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration.
While attending Cornell, Palguta played for Cape Cod of the USL Premier Development League from 2002 to 2004, winning back-to-back national championships with the Crusaders in 2002 and 2003.
Palguta got his first taste of professional soccer during his senior year at Cornell after he was drafted by the Rochester Raging Rhinos in the second round of the USL First Division College Draft. He was named the league’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2005 and was an all-USL selection in 2008.
He earned his USSF ‘A’ coaching license in 2014.
Palguta and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of a son, Caden.
Jonathan Hood was named assistant coach in March of 2018, after a three-year stint at St. Lawrence University where he served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
While at St. Lawrence the team achieved great success, thus holding a national ranking as high as No. 5 in the Division III United Soccer Coaches poll. During his three seasons spent in upstate NY, Hood helped the Saints win a Liberty League regular season championship, a conference tournament title, and make two NCAA tournament appearances, which included a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2015. Additionally, Hood completed his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2017.
Prior to joining the Saints, Hood received coaching experience at Immaculata University as well as in the high school and club ranks.
The Rosemont, Pa. native attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a three-year letter winner for the men’s soccer team. While there he helped the Battling Bishops claim three North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships and make three NCAA tournament appearances. OWU reached the national semifinals during Hood’s freshman campaign in 2006. Hood graduated in 2010 with a degree in Sports Management.
He holds a USSF ‘C’ coaching license.
Jonathan and his wife, Sarah, reside in Colorado Springs.
Assistant Coach – Goalkeepers
One of the top club coaches in the Rocky Mountain region, Dan Highstead made his debut at Colorado College in 2008 and enters his seventh season with the Tigers this fall.
Highstead is the former head coach of the Colorado Springs United, an amateur team comprised of former and current college players who compete in the Women’s Premiere Soccer League (WPSL).
Highstead, who earned a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ license in 2007, was with the Pikes Peak Rush Soccer Club as Director of Coaching Seniors. His duties included running the club’s college advisory program, coaching education and selecting players to be nominated for the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy.
A native of London, England, Highstead spent seven years with the Rio Vista FC Soccer Club in Albuquerque, NM, as director of coaching for its girls programs. Prior to that, he was the co-owner and director of Global Soccer LLC in Colorado Springs, running soccer camps throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
He began his coaching career on the staff at the Essex Soccer Academy in Essex, England. His duties included coaching at youth soccer camps in the western United States.
Highstead is a 1996 graduate of South East Essex College of Arts and Technology in Southend, England, and is working on his master’s degree in sports management at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Highstead earned his NSCAA goalkeeping license in 2013.