By Zach Tracy
In early November woman’s head soccer coach, Willie McGowan, resigned from William Penn University after five years with the team..
The Statesmen are currently looking for applicants to fill the head coaching spot and lead the team in the right direction for next season. With four wins in the HAAC (Heart American Athletic Conference) this year, the team will look for its new leader to guide the them to a conference championship, a feat that has not been achieved by the university since 2005, when it was a part of the MCC (Midwest Collegiate Conference).
Until the new coach has been found, three graduate assistants, Kristy Fraser, Lorenzo Cachia and Lauren Abbas have led the team through offseason workouts and kept up on academic progress with the players.
Together these three have contributed a total of four year of experience with the team. That experience may not be much as a coach, but the knowledge and perspective obtained through their recent playing time can help players in ways that may be different than a traditional head coach.
Athletic Director, Greg Hafner, addressed the team soon after Coach McGowan’s resignation to go over what the following steps would be to find their new coach.
Hafner stated, “The position will be filled quickly with the right applicant.”
He hopes that the resignation will not affect the team in a negative way and wants the team to stick together until the new coach can be found. With the new installment of a head coach, the women’s soccer team will look to begin a new era with a clean slate along with a hopeful mindset.