Head Coach Neil McGuire Returns to Team

Oct. 5, 2009

BERKELEY - Neil McGuire, who missed Sunday's game at Santa Clara to attend to personal business, has returned to the team and will continue as Cal's women's soccer coach.

'I am reaffirming my commitment to Cal as the head women's soccer coach,' McGuire said. 'I am deeply saddened I placed my team, program and administration in this unfortunate position. I had some profoundly difficult personal issues to deal with throughout last week, and I put myself ahead of our team, which goes against our ideal of program, team, individual. I need to be a better coach and mentor and will work towards this goal. I am very proud to be a Cal Bear, and it is my hope the team allows me a chance to help them towards their goals for this season.'

Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour reiterated her support for McGuire, who has guided the Golden Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearance in his first two seasons at the helm.

'Neil McGuire is the right coach for our program,' Barbour said. 'I felt that more than two years ago when I hired him and I feel that today.'

Now in his third year at Cal, McGuire has compiled a 31-17-3 record, including a 15-5-1 mark in his first season in 2007. So far this year, the Bears are 6-3-1 and ranked 10th nationally. Cal's next match is Friday at Oregon.

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