Wildcat Soccer Coach Cathy Klein Resigns

June 3, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. (June 3) - University of Arizona head women's soccer coach Cathy Klein has resigned effective July 2, announced athletics director Jim Livengood on Tuesday. Klein is resigning in order to pursue her doctorate and a career in administration.

'Cathy has done a terrific job during her three years here,' said Livengood. 'She has brought our soccer program to another level and has put us in a great position for a move to national prominence. We really appreciate all the time and hard work that she has dedicated to the University of Arizona and wish her all the best as she moves forward with her career.'

'I want to thank Jim Livengood and Rocky LaRose for the opportunity to work for the best athletics department in the country,' said Klein. 'I am very proud of the progress we have made. We have won more games with each passing year, and our results in the weight room and our fitness standards have never been higher. Our team now leads the athletics department in community service involvement, and our team GPA is the highest it has been in the program's existence. I am confident that the program will continue its forward progression under the new leadership.'

Klein took over the Wildcat soccer program in January of 2000 and tallied a 14-39-4 record in her three seasons at the helm. The 2002 squad registered a 6-12-1 mark, garnering the most wins for any Wildcat team in four seasons.

During her time at Arizona, Klein produced one second-team All-Pac-10 choice, four honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections, two second-team Academic All-Pac-10 honorees and seven honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 choices. Twelve Wildcat soccer players earned Mary Roby Academic Achievement Awards (3.0 GPA or higher) during the 2002-03 school year, bringing Klein's total up to 40 Mary Roby Award winners in her three seasons at the UA.

A search for Klein's replacement will begin immediately, with senior associate athletics director Rocky LaRose heading the committee.

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