Dec. 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Soccer head coach Stacy Strauss announced on Monday that she will be leaving the program to pursue other professional opportunities.
"We certainly appreciate the many years of loyal service that Stacy has given to Ohio University," said Jim Schaus, Ohio University's Director of Athletics. "We certainly wish her the very best in her future endeavors. We're so thankful for how much she has always cared for the student-athletes and having the best soccer program possible for our university."
An Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association `Coach of the Year' recipient in 2002, Strauss recently finished her 13th season at the helm of the Ohio Soccer Program. During her time in Athens, she led the team to two regular season Mid-American Conference titles (2001 and 2004) and an impressive 70 MAC wins. She is the program's all-time wins leader and under her tutelage, 24 student-athletes have garnered All-MAC honors and eight have been named to the All-MAC Freshman Team.
"I have enjoyed my time at Ohio University but I have decided to leave and pursue other professional opportunities," Strauss said. "I want to sincerely and enthusiastically thank the intercollegiate athletic administrators and the Athens community for their whole-hearted support during my tenure. It has been an honor and a privilege to work at such a respected and beautiful university."
Academic achievement has been a strong focus of Strauss' time at Ohio, as her teams have consistently been honored for high cumulative grade-point averages. Since the Mid-American Conference began awarding individual academic honors in 1999, more than 50 of Strauss' soccer players have received scholarly accolades.
"Winning two MAC Championships and helping to forge the maturity and growth of a multitude of talented student-athletes will count among the greatest accomplishments of my life," Strauss added. "I know that Ohio University and the athletic department care a great deal about the soccer student-athletes and the future of the soccer program."
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.