Stanford University Women's Soccer Coach Andy Nelson Resigns

Aug. 29, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University head women's soccer coach Andy Nelson announced today that he will resign his position, effective Tuesday, September 3, for personal reasons.

Nelson compiled a record of 29-10-3 record in two seasons at Stanford (2000-01). The Cardinal, which opens the 2002 season Friday at defending NCAA champion Santa Clara (7:30 pm, Buck Shaw Stadium), will be coached on an interim basis by assistant coaches Stephanie Erickson and Paul Sapsford. Nelson will not be on the Cardinal bench for Stanford's season opener against the Broncos.

'To lose the Pac-10 Coach of the Year is indeed a setback,' said Athletic Director Ted Leland. 'But, we support Andy in his decision and we wish him well in his future endeavors.'

Nelson guided the Cardinal to two NCAA appearances the past two seasons and led Stanford to a No. 9 final ranking in 2001. He was named the Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year last season.

'Stanford University is a very special place,' said Nelson. 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at Stanford, but I feel the time is right for me to move on. I wish the players and program well in the upcoming season,' he said.

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