August 15, 2022

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UTRGV Hires Mark Foster as New Women’s Soccer Head Coach

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UTRGV Hires Mark Foster as New Women’s Soccer Head Coach

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The College of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque introduced on Friday that Mark Foster, who expended the final four seasons (2018-21) as the head coach at Small Rock, is the new women’s soccer head mentor.
 
All through his tenure at Small Rock, exactly where he was at first hired by Conque, Foster guided the system to three Sunshine Belt Conference Tournament appearances (2018, 2020, and 2021), the program’s initial-at any time Sunshine Belt Event Championship (2018), the program’s initially-at any time NCAA Tournament (2018) visual appearance, and a one-time application history 13 wins (2018).
 
Foster has built protection a person of his major focuses as his teams posted 32 shutouts whilst regularly position in the major 50 % of the Sunlight Belt in plans towards average. 
 
Foster also guided seven gamers to All-Solar Belt honors and 5 to All-Sunlight Belt Match honors.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Mentor Foster and his family to UTRGV,” Conque said. “I experienced the distinctive privilege of functioning together with Mark all through our time together at Minor Rock. Not only did we take pleasure in the unprecedented achievement he accomplished, but the way he valued the pupil-athlete working experience. Mark, Jessie, and their two small children will be amazing assets for our program and community. I am fired up for the upcoming of UTRGV soccer.”
 
Foster arrived at Little Rock just after spending the 2017 time as an assistant mentor at South Alabama, exactly where he aided the software to Sunlight Belt Meeting and Sunshine Belt Tournament Championships.
 
Foster spent the prior six seasons at his alma mater, Trevecca Nazarene College, where by he was the head mentor the closing four seasons. Foster is the program’s second-winningest head mentor immediately after compiling a 40-27-8 history.
 
Foster guided Trevecca Nazarene to 3-straight successful seasons (2014-16), which include a Wonderful Midwest Athletic Convention (G-MAC) title in 2016. H was named G-MAC Coach of the 12 months in 2014 and 2016. 
 
“I am honored and humbled for this possibility with UTRGV,” Foster said. “I want to thank UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey, UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque, and Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Girl Administrator Molly Castner for trusting me to guide the women’s soccer system. This opportunity was also fantastic to turn down. UTRGV is going areas and is headed in the proper path. I glance ahead to remaining section of UTRGV’s brilliant upcoming. I have heard good things about the software and I can’t wait around to get on the pitch and get to do the job.”
 
As a participant, Foster was a four-time All-TranSouth Athletic Meeting selection, earning Very first Workforce honors in 2005 and 2008 although earning Second Group honors in 2006 and 2007. Foster was named TranSouth Player of the 12 months in 2008 and Freshman of the 12 months in 2005.  
 
Foster completed his job as the method chief in aims (41) and details (95) although tying for very first in assists (13) and was inducted into the Trevecca Nazarene Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2017. Foster is the only participant in plan heritage to have his variety retired.
 
Foster, a indigenous of Newcastle, Eire, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration.
 

 
 
Richard Moodie, South Alabama Women’s Soccer Head Mentor
I have known Mark for a variety of decades in a selection of capacities. We grew jointly as coaches by means of licensures, competed versus just about every other at each the Division I and II stages, and then I was fortuitous enough to mentor with him whilst he was here at South Alabama. What you see is what you get. An truthful, tricky operating mentor that is passionate about the game and the achievement of his gamers. There is under no circumstances an quick match when you engage in in opposition to his groups. They are constantly organized, disciplined, and participate in with passion. There is no explanation to assume why Mark would not be achievement anywhere he goes.
 
Jeff Carr, Jap Florida State Athletic Director
Mark is a exceptional coach and person. He performed for me in faculty and then when I turned an athletic director I tried to employ him various situations. You have a excellent a single that knows the game inside of and out and is heading to stand for your plan with the utmost integrity and class. He will consider your program to the up coming stage.                                                
 
Kevin O’Brien, Lipscomb Women’s Soccer Head Coach
I am thrilled to hear the information that Mark Foster has been employed by UTRGV! He’s a wonderful coach whose eye for talent and phenomenal get the job done ethic will do wonders for the Vaqueros as their head mentor. Even more importantly, he’s an unbelievable particular person that can be reliable with the hearts and minds of formative young women. As a shut individual mate and coaching colleague for over 10 yrs, I can attest to Mark’s sensational treatment and problem for his gamers and employees. Mark is a type and thoughtful leader whose steadfast disposition make him the kind of coach I’d want my very own daughter participating in below. I want Mark, Jesse, Campbell and Blake the most effective as they excitingly transition to this new journey in their life.

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