Soileau, 25, was a three-time All-SEC forward and is the University of Mississippi's career scoring leader. She was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana in 2002 and head coach at Bishop Sullivan High School in Baton Rouge, La., this season. Soileau was a volunteer assistant at her alma mater in 2001.
''We believe that Jennifer has the perfect soccer background combined with the youth and energy needed to get our new program off to a solid start,'' Louisiana Tech Associate Director of Athletics Mary Kay Hungate said in a statement. ''We visited with numerous college and club coaches during the interview process, and all of them recommended Jennifer to us.''
Louisiana Tech is a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Nicholls State and St. Francis, Pa., are seeking head coaches. Jim Zakel resigned last month at Nicholls State to pursue another career. Michael Coll departed St. Francis to become Paula Wilkins' assistant at Penn State, his alma mater.
Other coaching openings exist at Alabama State, Elon, Fresno State, Jacksonville and Long Beach State.
NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CHANGES/HIRES
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)
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)
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)