Carleton women's soccer coach resigns
|Keren Gudemen's Carleton
teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in six
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Carleton assistant professor of physical education, athletics and recreation and head women’s soccer coach Keren Gudeman has announced her resignation effective at the end of the current academic year.
“This has been a very difficult decision. I am so grateful to the team, the athletic department, and the Carleton community for six wonderful years,” said Gudeman. “Carleton is a very special place. I know I will miss it. I look forward to cheering the team to continued success.
“I am at a place in life where I am ready to pursue some other passions, including some creative endeavors.”
Gudeman recently completed her sixth season at the helm of the Knights’ program, easily the most successful period in program history. She owns a 79-31-11 (.697) record as Carleton’s head coach and guided the Knights to the NCAA Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Her teams were even better against conference opponents, totaling a 47-13-6 (.758) record against Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes.
Carleton went 11-6-2 this past fall and earned a share of the MIAC regular-season championship with an 8-2-1 conference record. The Knights captured the outright title in 2010, Carleton’s first conference crown in women’s soccer since 1982.
Gudeman’s teams advanced to the MIAC playoffs five times in her six seasons, winning the playoff championship in 2008 and 2009. She is a two-time MIAC Coach of the Year (2006 and 2010) and was also named the 2008 NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year as the Knights established a school record for victories (18-6) and advanced to the round of eight of the NCAA Tournament.
“This is truly a sad day for Carleton athletics,” said Carleton athletic director Gerald Young. “Coach Gudeman has not only been an outstanding soccer coach, she has also been a dedicated and passionate teacher, mentor, and friend. I sincerely wish her the best of luck and hope she will always think of Carleton as her home.”
A nationwide search to find Gudeman’s successor will begin immediately.