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5. APRIL HEINRICHS: Former U.S. coach leaves UCI
December 13th, 2006 1:30PM



April Heinrichs, who coached the USA to the women's soccer gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, has quit her coach as women's coach at UC Irvine after only one season to accept a position with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Heinrichs' decision to take the Anteater job last season was a surprise, and she was unable to turn around the program. UCI went 3-13-1 after going 2-13-1 in 2005.

Heinrichs will become the Team Leader of Team and Technical Sports, a newly created position in the USOC's Sports Performance Service Department.

"The timing of leaving UCI is terrible and I didn't fulfill my commitment, but the USOC job allows me to transition into the next phase of my career," Heinrichs said. "The decision is indicative of me and not a reflection of UC Irvine."

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