Rebecca Lisack resigns as head coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College is looking for a new coach to lead its successful women's soccer program.

The Panther head coach for the past two seasons, Rebecca Lisack, has announced she has accepted a job as full-time assistant women's soccer coach at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. She begins her new position later this spring.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," said Lisack. "I wasn't looking to leave Plymouth State. The last two years, this team has become a big part of my life, which made the decision very difficult. But this new opportunity just had a lot of benefits."

A 1998 graduate of James Madison University in Virginia, Lisack was an assistant at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania for one year prior to coming to PSC. She will work at South Carolina under head coach Shelley Smith, who is in her first year after moving over from the University of Rhode Island.

"Getting back to the Division I level is an exciting prospect," said Lisack. "Not that I don't like or respect Division III, because I've learned a lot here and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things, but once I decided I wanted to be a coach, Division I is where I wanted to be."

Lisack joined the Panther staff in 1999, and guided the Panthers to a 22-14-3 record in two seasons. She led the team to an ECAC New England tournament berth in 2000, helping the Panthers to their 17th post-season appearance in 18 years.

"We are very happy for Rebecca and her new opportunity," said PSC interim athletic director John P. Clark. "We have been quite pleased with the job she has done at Plymouth State, and wish her the best as she moves on in the coaching field."

The Panthers finished 10-8-2 in 2000 and should return as many as 16 veterans in 2001.

"PSC was a young team last season," said Lisack, "and with everyone being a year older and some strong recruits coming in, it should be a good year for PSC in 2001."

Clark indicated the search for a new coach will begin soon.