Keith Scarlett named Panther head coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College has hired a new women's soccer coach for the 2001 fall season.

The new head coach of the Panthers is Keith Scarlett of Ferrum, Va., a former assistant women's soccer coach at Ferrum College. He takes over the PSC program from Rebecca Lisack, who left after two seasons to become an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina.

Scarlett has been coaching soccer the past seven years at the collegiate, high school and club levels. In addition to serving as assistant women's coach at Ferrum the past year, he was the girls soccer coach at Salem (Va.) High School in 1999 and 2000, recording a 27-4-3 coaching mark and earning Coach of the Year honors. Scarlett has also coached successful club programs in Virginia.

"I have wanted to take the reigns of a college program for some time," said Scarlett, "and have been working hard to prepare myself so when the time arrives, I would be ready. It's not every day that someone gets to head a program with such rich heritage like Plymouth State. I'm flattered to be part of such a deep history and tradition."

Scarlett played college soccer at three different schools - Bethel College (Ind.) in 1992, Greenville College (Ill.) in 1994-95, and Ferrum in 1999. He has been involved with coaching a variety of club and prep teams since 1994 as well as working at camps and clinics throughout the Eastern United States.

"We are very happy to welcome Keith Scarlett to the PSC staff," said PSC interim athletic director John P. Clark. "He comes highly recommended and we're pleased that our women's soccer program will be in good hands."

Scarlett inherits a Panther team that finished 10-8-2 in 2000 and participated in the ECAC New England Tournament, its 17th post-season appearance in 18 years. PSC could return as many as 16 veterans in 2001.