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Ninety-eight applicants applied for the men and women’s soccer coach position at USU Eastern with hopes of narrowing the field to one person who should start in January 2014. The application process closed Nov. 30.
According to Athletic Director Dave Paur, a six-person committee is looking for either a male or female who has soccer head coaching experience at a college or university, can coach men and women soccer players and has experience starting a program from scratch.
Nine applicants applied from outside the United States, but Paur said they cannot be considered unless they have a green card to work at USU Eastern. He also noted that applicants applied from 30 states, which makes the applicant pool extremely good and extremely qualified.
He hopes to have the coach hired by the end of December with the new coach starting in January. He/she will hit the ground running by first recruiting for the two teams, putting a schedule together and getting everything in order. The USU Eastern Eagles will play soccer teams from Wyoming and Idaho.
Turning the old football field into a soccer field is in progress. The 165-foot wide field will be expanded to 190-feet wide. The control panels to the sprinkler system were moved outside of the playing surface to allow for more width. The grass needs to be leveled on the field and that is all part of the process to begin the sport. “There is still much to be done before the season in August 2014,” he said. “But first we need to hire a coach.”