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Wave of coaching openings
by Paul Kennedy, November 21st, 2007 9AM

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The women's regular season ended only 10 days ago, but there's been an unprecedented wave of jobs open up at major programs. Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma are just a few of the Division I women's programs looking for new coaches. In order of longevity, here are the coaches who have resigned ...

DON STALEY (Alabama-14 seasons). Staley, an SEC women's soccer pioneer, led the Crimson Tide program for 14 seasons, accumulating a record of 135-128-12. In 2004, Staley became only the fifth coach in NCAA women's soccer history to reach the 300-win mark. He previous coached the men's and women's programs at Radford. "This was not a rash decision on my part," he said, "but something that I have been pondering for some time.  However, in sports as in life things change and it's time for me to allow someone else to take the program in a new direction."
 
DEBBIE RADEMACHER (Michigan-14 seasons). Rademacher, the only coach in Wolverine history, also stepped down after 14 seasons. She compiled a 160-108-37 and led the Wolverines to two Big Ten tournament championships. UM also made nine NCAA tournament appearances, making it to the Elite Eight in 2002 and the Sweet 16 in 2003. But in 2007, Michigan was only 3-9-6. "It has been 14 great years at Michigan for me," Rademacher said. "But I've decided -- with a new baby and another young son -- to focus on being at home with my family." As a player, Rademacher (née Belkin) was a member of the Soccer America all-century team at UMass and played on the 1991 U.S. Women's World Championship team.

RANDY EVANS (Oklahoma-9 seasons). As previously reported, Evans resigned after nine years at OU. Evans' decision follows the Sooners' second straight losing season. They finished 6-10-3 in 2007 and failed to make this week's Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio. Evans arrived from Vanderbilt, where he was an assistant in 1999, and turned around a program that had won just 11 of 47 games in its first three years. OU had winning records in five of its next six seasons under Evans and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2003.

ANN MOORE (Wyoming-9 seasons). Moore, the Cowgirls coach for nine seasons, also expressed a desire to spend more time with her family (husband Curt and two young sons). During her tenure, she posted a 63-91-17 record. This past season, Wyoming was 9-10-0 overall and 4-3-0 in the Mountain West, tying for third place. Associate head coach Kim Whisenant will manage the UW program in the interim until a new head coach is named.

GEORGE VAN LINDER (Baylor-5 seasons). Van Linder resigned after five seasons with the Bears. He compiled a record of 31-52-9, including a 7-10-2 mark in 2007, and took only one team to the conference tournament. Prior to coaching at Baylor, he was the head coach at Butler and SMU, where he had a combined 93-47-11 record.

KERRY DZICZKANIEC (Vermont-4 seasons). Dziczkaniec has announced her resignation after four years at the helm of the Catamounts program. She compiled a record of 25-42-6. This season, Vermont had one of the youngest teams in the America East with 15 freshmen on the squad and posted an overall record of 3-14-1.

RENA RICHARDSON (Tulsa-4 seasons). Richardson also served as head coach for four seasons and posted a 26-44-9 overall record, including a 3-14-2 mark this season. "I want to spend time with my family," Richardson said. "My kids are growing up and I don't want to miss it. It was a hard decision, but I think it is best."

MATTHEW DILLON (Lamar-1 season). Dillon was hired in 2006 to launch the Cardinal program but didn't wait until the end of its first season to resign. He walked off the team bus shortly before it was to leave for a game at Texas-San Antonio on the last weekend of the season. LU finished 0-18-0.



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