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COLLEGE WOMEN: Eva Bergsten leaves Hartford
April 30th, 2004 7:33PM

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Eva Bergsten, who guided the University of Hartford to two America East Conference championships in three seasons as head coach, has left the school to become head coach at Wesleyan College in nearby Middletown, Conn.

Bergsten, a former Swedish national team player, was 36-23-3 at Hartford -- 22-5-1 in AEC matches -- following three seasons as Mark Krikorian's assistant coach with the Hawks. She was a three-time Division II All-American under Krikorian at Franklin Pierce College.

Krikorian went on to be head coach of the Philadelphia Charge and now guides the U.S. under-19 women's national team.

Hartford hasn't announced Bergsten's departure, but Wesleyan, which plays at the NCAA Division III level, announced she was taking over for Holly Wheeler, who will serve as Bergsten's assistant and remain as Wesleyan's women's lacrosse coach.

Hartford's is one of nine open head-coaching positions in NCAA Division I women's soccer.

NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CHANGES/HIRES
Open positions

Alabama State (SWAC)
Elon (Southern)
Fresno State (WAC)
Hartford (America East)
Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun)
Long Beach State (Big West)
Nicholls State (Southland)
St. Francis, Pa. (NEC)
Syracuse (Big East)

Hires/Changes
Alabama State (SWAC) --
Open; first-year program
Arkansas (SEC) -- Gordon Henderson (Idaho State head coach) for Alan Kirkup (contract not renewed)
Arkansas State (Sun Belt) -- Jason Wharton (Cisco JC, Texas, head coach) for Kent Hefner (fired)
Cal State Northridge (Big West) -- Tony Davila (CS Northridge men's head coach; will coach both teams) for Mac Thompson (interim coach)/Allison Lee (resigned)
Central Michigan (MAC) -- Tony DiTucci (Central Michigan assistant coach) for Mark Salisbury (hired at Idaho State)
Cleveland State (Horizon) -- Derrek Fallor (DePaul assistant); first-year program
Colorado College (Independent) -- Geoffrey Bennett (Hartwick men's assistant) for Erik Oman (interim)/Greg Ryan (hired as U.S. Soccer Region II women's staff coach).
Davidson (Southern) -- Greg Ashton (Trinity, Texas, head coach) for Kevin Hundley (resigned)
Elon (Southern) -- Open; Paul Webster (hired at Elmhurst, Ill., College).
Fresno State (WAC) -- Open; Stacy Welp (resigned)
George Mason (CAA) -- Diane Drake (Georgetown head coach) for Jac Cicala (resigned)
Georgetown (Big East) -- Dave Nolan (Georgetown assistant) for Diane Drake (hired at George Mason)
Georgia Southern (Southern) -- Ashley Hart (UAB assistant) for Tom Norton (resigned)
Hartford (America East) -- Holy Cross (Patriot) -- Deborah Flaherty (West Chester head coach) for Mary Curtis (resigned)
Idaho State (Big Sky) -- Mark Salisbury (Central Michigan head coach) for Gordon Henderson (hired at Arkansas)
Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun) -- Open; Mike Johnson (hired as Jacksonville men's coach).
Long Beach State (Big West) -- Open; Peter Reynaud (retired)
Louisiana Tech (WAC) -- Jennifer Soileau (Baton Rouge, La., Bishop Sullivan HS head coach); first-year program.
Mercer (Atlantic Sun) -- Grant Serafy (Macon, Ga., Stratford Academy boys and girls coach) for Jodie Smith (resigned)
Minnesota (Big Ten) -- Mikki Denney Wright (Missouri assistant) for Barbara Wickstrand (contract not renewed)
Montana (Big Sky) -- Neil Sedgwick (USC associate head coach) for Becky Duerksen (resigned)
Morehead State (Ohio Valley) -- Greg Sheen (Dayton Soccer Academy coaching director) for Leslie Faber (resigned)
Nevada (WAC) -- Teri Patraw (former Arizona State head coach) for Dang Pibulvech (contract not renewed; hired as Tulsa assistant coach)
Nicholls State (Southland) -- Open; Jim Zakel (resigned).
St. Francis, Pa. (Northeast) -- Open; Michael Coll (hired as Penn State assistant coach)).
San Diego State (Mountain West) -- Michael Giuliano (Westmont head coach) for Chuck Clegg (retired)
San Jose State (WAC) -- Dave Siracusa (San Diego State men's assistant) for Cris Gilmore (resigned)
Syracuse (Big East) -- Open; April Kater (resigned).
Temple (Atlantic-10) -- David Jones (Temple men's assistant, served as interim 2003) for Seamus McWilliams (resigned)
Tulsa (WAC) -- Rena Richardson (Alabama assistant) for Damon Gore (resigned)
Vermont (America East) -- Kerry Dziczkaniec (Maryland assistant) for Jodi Kenyon (resigned)
Youngstown State (Horizon) -- Anthony James (West Virginia Wesleyan head coach) for Elizabeth Bartley (contract not renewed)



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