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UA soccer coach Oyen steps down

Mentor resigns after a decade with Wildcats

Soccer veteran Lisa Oyen has stepped down from her position as head coach at the University of Arizona and said she plans to pursue other opportunities.

Oyen has been leader of the UA program for the past three years after taking over as interim coach in mid-season during the 2009 campaign. She was a UA assistant in 2004 when the Cats won the Pac-10 title and followed that up with a Sweet 16 appearance a year later.

An accomplished collegiate player at Montana, where she earned her degree in 1998, Oyen has coached professionally and in the Arizona Olympic Development Program during her UA tenure.

"My decision to resign was not an easy one, but I've decided to pursue other opportunities," she said. "I want to offer a thank-you to (athletics director) Greg Byrne and the current athletic administration for the opportunity I was given. I've worked with some of the best people and coaches in the country."

Oyen's team was 6-11-3 this past season and 2-7-2 in Pac-12 play. Her players earned a first-team All-Pac-12 selection (Jazmin Ponce) and a first-team academic all-conference honor (Kristin Strother), plus had nine others earn honorable mention all-academic.

"I want to thank Lisa and her staff for their hard work and effort. She's improved our program and we're sorry to see her leave," said Byrne. "We plan to open the position and conduct a national search. I'm confident we will find a terrific head coach for the Arizona soccer program."

Oyen started at UA in 2003 as an assistant and was named co-interim head coach in mid October 2009 when coach Dan Tobias resigned in mid season. She was appointed head coach of the program Nov. 12 of that year.

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