Cougar Soccer Hires Lisa Oyen as New Assistant Coach

July 27, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Cougar soccer program hired Lisa Oyen as the new assistant coach, head coach Dan Tobias announced today. Oyen, an Oregon City, Ore., native, comes to the Cougars with 15 years of playing experience and 10 years of coaching experience.

'We are thrilled to have Lisa Oyen joining our staff at Washington State,' Tobias said. 'She is a very bright and knowledgeable young coach who will provide great leadership to our student-athletes. We think she has a very good combination of playing and coaching experience along with an excellent personality. We look for her to be an important part of the success of Cougar Soccer.'

Oyen was a four-year letterwinner and starter as a defender at the University of Montana. In her senior season the Grizzlies won the Big Sky Championship and Oyen was named conference and team MVP in addition to earning All-West Region honors from the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz. Oyen captained the team as a freshman and again as a senior.

Upon graduating with a bachelor of science in cellular and molecular biology, Oyen spent the fall of 1998 as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies. That spring she moved to Miami where she spent two years as a starting defender for the Miami Gliders of the W-2 Southeastern Division. In 1998, her first season with the Gliders, the team placed fourth at Nationals and in 1999 Oyen was named a team captain.

Oyen's coaching experience continued during her professional playing days while she maintained the head coach position of the U-18 Miami Premier Soccer Club. In the summer of 2000, Oyen spent three months coaching for the Manchester United Soccer Schools and the Bobby Charlton Sports Schools.

For the past year Oyen has worked as the special projects manager and the women's sales and marketing manager for the Seattle Sounders.

'I have been looking to coach at the collegiate level and I was just waiting for the right position to open up,' Oyen said. 'Washington State has a great all-around program with a lot of potential. It was a prefect fit.'

Born Feb. 26, 1976 in Denver, Colo., Oyen replaces assistant coach Wendy Jones who took a job with the Boise State soccer program.

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