PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women’s soccer program will be under new leadership this fall as a new coaching staff will be in place for the 2010 season.
Cindy Bennett has been named head coach of the Panthers, effective immediately. She is a former Division I all-star goalkeeper at Stony Brook University (N.Y.) who has coaching experience at both the Division I and III levels, including stints at Dartmouth College and Colby-Sawyer College. She takes over from Gene Smith, who resigned after five seasons to become an assistant coach at California University of Pennsylvania.
“I’m excited to start a new season at Plymouth State and begin a new era of the program,” said Bennett. “I’m looking forward to working with the student-athletes. It will be a challenge in the beginning with us being so close to the start of the season, but we’ll rely on the leadership of the upperclassmen to guide the team this year and help build the program for the future.”
Bennett began her collegiate coaching career in 2006 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Stony Brook. She also served one year as an assistant at the University of Virginia, and has spent the past year as an assistant at Colby-Sawyer, and at Dartmouth, where she worked primarily with the goalkeepers. Bennett earned both National and Advanced National coaching licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America before graduating, and has been involved with the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program since 2008.
“We are so pleased to welcome Cindy into the PSU Athletics family,” said PSU Associate Athletic Director Kim Bownes. “Cindy has a great deal of collegiate coaching experience, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge as a top player herself. She is highly motivated, passionate about both academics and her sport, and brings with her a strong character. We’re excited to have her to lead our women’s soccer program.”
Bennett was the America East Conference Rookie of the Year in 2002 as a goalkeeper at Stony Brook and was selected America East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004. She holds the Seawolves record for career shutouts with 23, posting a career goals against average of just under 1.33. Bennett participated in the US U-20 National Team training camps in 2004.
Coach Bennett will take over a PSU team that finished 6-9-2 overall last season and tied for seventh place in the Little East Conference.
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