SHREVEPORT, La. – LSU Shreveport's Athletic Director Lucas Morgan announces the hiring of Ashley Holland to become the next women's soccer head coach. Holland comes to Shreveport after spending the past two seasons on the coaching staff at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Holland will take the reins of the reinstated program in mid-January.
"We are extremely excited for Ashley to be joining the Pilot Family," said LSUS Athletic Director Lucas Morgan. "She comes from a program that has seen a tremendous amount of success. She believes in recruiting student-athletes that excel not only on the soccer field, but in the classroom. Recruiting will be of the upmost importance as we prepare for August and this is where we feel Ashley is at her strongest. She has a great eye for talent and we are excited to see the team she assembles."
Holland joined well respected Coach Lincoln Roblee's staff after a successful playing career for the Ravens where she finished as the HAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a member of the All-HAAC 1st Team. Holland, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, played goal keeper for the Ravens in a total of 65 games, compiling an overall record of 45-10-5 with 24 career shutouts. In her role as a coach, Holland trained the goalies and guided them to 26 shutouts.
"Ashley Holland has helped us have great success at Benedictine College," said Coach Roblee who just finished is 12th season at Benedictine. "Her knowledge, energy, and attitude help create a positive and winning environment. LSU Shreveport has made a great hire! Ashley Holland is an outstanding coach and an outstanding person!"
Under Coach Roblee she played a key role in recruiting some of the top players in the country, aiding the Ravens to a 42-6-1 overall record in two seasons, which included a pair of trips to the NAIA National Tournament. In those back-to-back trips with Holland on the staff, the Ravens lost in the semi-finals in 2015 and fell in the quarter-finals in 2016.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to help LSUS bring back a women's soccer program," said Holland. "Starting a team from the ground up will take time and work, but the community and the school are very supportive. I look forward to building a successful program as well as successful student- athletes."
In Holland's two seasons on Roblee's staff, the Ravens produced five NAIA All-Americans and 14 All-Heart of America Athletic Conference players.
"Ashley came very highly recommend and has been described as a rising star in this profession. We are confident in her ability to lead our program and we look forward to watching her grow at LSUS," ended Morgan.
The LSUS women's soccer program will begin play in August 2017 and compete in a full Red River Athletic Conference schedule. Holland will become the fourth head coach in program history.
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