SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. -- A new era in SMWC women's soccer is forced to begin as one familiar face steps away from the sidelines. Athletic Director Deanna Bradley announced that Mike Aycock, who led the Pomeroys women's soccer team for the past 17 years stepped down as head coach.
"Mike has been an essential part of SMWC for almost 39 years. He began the women's soccer program at the Woods in 2000. His dedication to the program is immeasurable. He and his teams have represented the college and the athletic department with the utmost class on and off the field. His influence is obvious when you speak with his players and the life lessons they have learned from him. We are grateful and thankful to him for all he had done, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors." said Bradley.
Coach Aycock has led the Pomeroys to a 56-169-2 record in his 17 years coaching. He coached 19 USCAA All-Academic players and nine USCAA All-Americans. Aycock took three teams to the USCAA National Tournament including a 2009-10 USCAA National Champion Runner-Up finish.
"It has been a joy and a privilege to work with the remarkable young women who have been Pomeroy soccer players from the opening season of 2000 until now, I have celebrated the successes, felt the disappointments, and always admired the talent, effort, and spirit of all our players in that time. I have cherished the comments of people who admired them and the way they represented the college." mentioned Aycock.
"I will miss them sorely. I looked forward to every practice session. Our three national tournament experiences were magical times in the lives of all of us who were involved." said Aycock.
Aycock plans to keep soccer in his life as he has a new opportunity to coach and shape the lives of people with a passion for soccer.
"I'm sad that this chapter of my life is closing, but grateful that new opportunities will keep me coaching and involved in the lives of people who love the game I love. I believe I leave the program in good hands and with great hope for the future. My thanks go out to our Athletic Director, Deanna Bradley, for all her support and to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College."
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