PLYMOUTH, N.H. - A new women's soccer coach at Plymouth State College has been announced, according to Panther athletic director Steve Bamford.
The new coach this fall will be Rebecca Lisack, who comes to Plymouth State from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where she has been an assistant coach. Lisack will take over from Beth Field, who was a four-year starter and four-year assistant coach at PSC before serving as interim head coach the past year.
A 1998 graduate of James Madison University in Virginia, Lisack was a scholarship soccer player for the Dukes from 1994-97. She was a three-year starter on defense and helped lead her team to three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances in 1995 and 1996.
"I was impressed with Rebecca's dynamic personality and her maturity beyond her years," said Bamford. "Although somewhat inexperienced, she came very highly recommended by a number of people."
Lisack has been quite involved with the coaching responsibilities at Allegheny, from practice and game preparation to scouting, recruiting, handling travel arrangements and planning and organizing off-season conditioning.
"I'm really excited to take over the Plymouth State program," said Lisack. "It's a program with a very successful tradition, and I'm looking forward to bringing it back to being a dominant team, one that goes to the NCAA Tournament."
Lisack is not a complete stranger to New Hampshire, having worked at Keene State's soccer camp since the summer of 1997. Working at camps has helped her reach her goal of becoming a head coach.
"I've gotten to know some of the coaches in New England," said Lisack, "and I feel comfortable with them and look forward to competing against them."
"Rebecca had the support of Coaches Ron Butcher and Denise Lyons at Keene State," said Bamford, "and the support of our men's coach, Shawn Griffin, was one of the biggest reasons for our selecting Rebecca."
Lisack will be on campus this weekend to meet with the team and begin meeting members of the PSC community. She will officially come aboard on August 1st, three weeks prior to her team returning for pre-season workouts on August 24th.
The new coach inherits a team that has made 16 consecutive post-season appearances, 10 in the NCAA Tournament and six in the ECAC New England Tourney. The Panthers finished 9-7-2 in 1998, getting eliminated in the first round of the ECAC Tournament on penalty kicks.
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