• Dawson Forcella

Women's Soccer Hiring New Coach Amid National Tournament Run

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

February 4, 2021

The women’s soccer team made Briar Cliff University history this fall winning their first-ever regular season conference title and clinching a spot in the National Tournament. Now the BCU women’s soccer team is currently in the process of hiring a new coach before taking on the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the NAIA

National Tournament.

After leading the team to a 10-1-1 record in the fall, former head coach, Paul Cox, took a coaching position at NCAA Division 1 Murray State in December. That left Kye Edwards, a graduate assistant and former BCU men’s soccer player, to take the reigns as interim head coach in Cox’s absence.

While Edwards currently sits in the driver’s seat for the women’s soccer team, Edwards is hopeful that a new coach will be named within a month.

“We are hoping to bring some one in by then just for the stabilization of the team and recruitment processes,” says Edwards.

Although Edwards said that he and fellow GA, Tom Nicholls, can handle the day-to-day operations for the time being, it isn’t the answer long term.

“As much as Tom and I can do that, it would be nice to have someone that will be here for the next few years,” the BCU graduate says. “We can only hold the ship for so long before someone else comes in.”

Hunting for a new head coach before postseason play isn’t an ideal situation, and it is a situation that arose because of the unprecedented circumstances the last year has brought on. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing everyone to make accommodations,

women’s soccer was no different.

Normally the postseason tournaments would be played in the fall during the months of November and December. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, the NAIA decided to postpone postseason competition until this spring. Under normal circumstances Cox’s departure would have been after the season, and the task of replacing him would

not be quite as challenging.

“It is a bit unfortunate how things worked out,” Edwards says. “That [postseason postponement] meant we wouldn’t have Paul for the remainder of the season.”

As for Edwards’ coaching aspirations, he didn’t have a particular interest in taking over as the head coach for the women’s soccer team at BCU. Having graduated from BCU with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing, he plans to pursue a different career.

“I really want to go into the marketing side of soccer, preferably the professional side of the game,” Edwards says.

He was recently offered a full-time position in Graphic Design and Marketing for a professional soccer team in Des Moines, Iowa, the Des Moines Menace.

Edwards will be finishing his graduate program and education in May.

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