Updated Mon, Dec 3, 2012 6:50 pm
Ohio Soccer head coach Stacy Strauss announced her resignation Monday, as she has chosen to pursue other professional opportunities.
Strauss' resignation comes after a season where the Bobcats were eliminated from the Mid-American Conference Tournament in the first round by Miami. Ohio started the season strong, going through a stretch of six straight victories, but finished 8-10-1 overall, 3-6-1 in the MAC.
In Strauss' 13 years, she posted 70 MAC wins -- the most in program history -- and two MAC titles. In 2002, she was awarded the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association 'Coach of the Year.' Strauss has also led her student-athletes to All-MAC honors, including Cat Rogers, who earned All-MAC Second Team this season. Eight of her players have been recognized on the All-MAC Freshman Team. Her influence on her student-athletes has helped generate 50 different awards for her students' academic success.
Strauss leaves a program that only graduates four seniors and returns a young core of players. The team loses its top scorer in Rogers and a strong defensive presence in Paige Howard, but returns goalie Mattie Liston -- the program's all-time saves leader -- and freshman Holly Harris, the team's second leading scorer. The future is bright for the Ohio Bobcats.
The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.