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Dewi Hardman enters his fourth season as head coach of the Lady Cardinals.
Hardman took over a fledgling program that went winless in its inaugural season in Southland Conference play, and has made Lamar a competitive force in the SLC in a short period of time. Last season, Lamar qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
"I feel we can compete in the Southland Conference," Hardman said. "We're still a young team, and we're going to get better."
Hardman came to Lamar from the Tophat Soccer Club in Atlanta, Ga., where he served two seasons as the director of coaching. In that position he oversaw the coaches of 16 teams, more than half of which qualified for regional tournaments. More than 20 athletes from the Tophat program received Division I scholarships.
Hardman, a native of Wales, is no stranger to Texas. He spent six years at TCU, working his way from graduate assistant to assistant head coach. At TCU, he coached a freshman of the year and five players who earned all-conference honors in Conference USA.
A strong proponent of academics, he oversaw the academic development of the soccer team, producing 27 student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors.
Hardman graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned a master's degree in liberal arts from TCU in 2003. At Wake Forest, his play helped lead Wake Forest to its first two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. After graduating, he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Wake Forest from 1990-92 while playing semi-professional soccer with the Carolina Crunch. He returned as a volunteer assistant coach from 1996-98.
His first head coaching experience was at East Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 1994-96. He was director of coaching for the Winston-Salem Twin City Soccer Association from 1998-2000 and club coach for the DFW Tejanos from 2001-206 while at TCU.
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