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PSU names new Women’s Soccer Coach

           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has hired a new women's soccer coach for the 2005 fall season.

            Taking over the Panther women's soccer program is Gene Smith, a former assistant women's soccer coach at Norwich University.  Smith takes over for Keith Scarlett, who left PSU for personal reasons after four years as head coach.

            A 1998 graduate of Norwich, Smith was a former two-year starter for the Cadets.  He also was a two-year starter at Xavier University in Cincinnati before transferring back to New England at Norwich.  Smith was a former All-State player in Guilford, Conn., and has competed for several Premier teams in the Constitution State.

            In addition to serving the past season at Norwich, Smith has coaching experience at the high school level in Connecticut and with Olympic Development Programs in Connecticut and Vermont.

            "I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge at Plymouth State," said Smith.  "I am energetic and bring with me experience in both coaching and recruiting.  I look forward to working hard and helping Plymouth State continue to be a quality program."

            "We are very happy about the naming of Gene Smith as our new women's soccer coach," said athletic director John P. Clark.  "We had a strong pool of candidates, and he emerged as the top choice.  We are confident he will do an excellent job with our women's soccer program."

            Smith inherits a Panther team that finished with a 6-10-1 record last season, including 2-4-1 in the Little East Conference.

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