May 7, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University women's soccer coach Dewi Hardman has resigned his position after four seasons.
Hardman, who inherited a program that went 0-18 in its first year of existence in 2007, leaves after leading the Lady Cardinals to their best record in the five-year history of the program, posting a 9-8-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in Southland Conference play, finishing in a tie for third place in the conference standings.
"It wasn't an easy decision to leave, but I have a tremendous opportunity," said Hardman, who will be the director of coaching for the Albion Hurricanes, a major youth soccer program in the Houston area. "While I'm excited about my new position, I'm sad to leave Lamar, because I think great things are happening at the university and with the program. I think the team can do big things this season."
Hardman was 22-43-7 in his four seasons at Lamar, reaching the Southland Conference Tournament in each of the past two seasons. In addition, the Lady Cardinals were successful in the classroom, with two players - Rachelle Barry and Jennifer Torry - being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, and 13 players being named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll this past fall.
"We want to thank Coach Hardman for all of his efforts during his time here to help build the women's soccer program," Lamar Interim Athletic Director Jason Henderson said. "He has done a great job with our student-athletes and the community. We want to wish him the best of luck as he goes forward into the new chapter of his life."
Lamar has initiated a national search for Hardman's replacement.