DSU search continues for new women’s soccer coach

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Dixie State University’s athletic department is searching for a new women’s soccer head coach after releasing coach Kacey Bingham. Bingham led the team to  51-33 over the span of five years. The look for an equally successful coach is in the works.

“It is my hope that the soccer program will continue on its upward trajectory with the new coach and continue to get stronger each year,” said athletic director Jason Boothe. “We will hire a coach that we feel will do this for the program and its athletes.” 

Steve Johnson, associate athletic director of media relations, said typically all head coaches handle the hiring of his or her assistant coaches.

“We all lost our jobs as a result of her contract not being renewed,” said assistant coach Abigail Johnson. “I have no knowledge as to what has been going on with the team, as I have not been involved with the team or program since the season ended in November.” 

Both Johnson and Boothe said it’s always an uncertain time finding a new coach. Nevertheless he feels confident DSU will hire a great person to continue to build the team’s recent successes.

Not only will the head coach be responsible for initiating the women’s soccer team, but he or she will be in charge of fund-raising programs and directing DSU women’s soccer camps. They are also responsible for results and statistics to the Sports Information Director for press coverage.

According to women’s head coach job application provided by the athletic department, qualifications for the new coach position will also entail a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred), five minimum years head coach or assistant soccer coaching experience at NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA, and maintain an effective work relation with students, faculty, staff and the public. 

“I feel the future of this program is very bright; we have wonderful student-athletes here, not just on this team, but on all of our teams,” Boothe said. “It’s a very exciting time to be a Trailblazer.” 

Overall the annual salary of a new women’s head coach will be $42,000. Application revisions were on Jan. 4 2018 and the women soccer coaches won’t be announced till the spring of 2018. The team will open their spring practice schedule starting in late February.