Fans of Bulldog soccer can breathe easy: the Georgia womens program is in good hands.
Steve Holeman was named the new head coach of the Georgia womens soccer team. Photo by Daniel Shirey
Sixteen-year veteran head coach Steve Holeman was named Georgias next womens soccer head coach Friday by Athletic Director Damon Evans.
Holeman becomes just the fourth head coach in the fifteen-year history of Georgia womens soccer, replacing former head coach Patrick Baker, who resigned earlier this month after five successful seasons at the helm.
The commitment from the University is first class, and [Georgia] is a top-notch Division 1 program, Holeman said. Theyre committed to excellence they want to win championships. The University of Georgia is one of the premier universities in the entire country both academically and athletically, and Athens is a great town, and it has everything you could want as a coach.
In his previous 15 years in Oxford, Miss., Holeman compiled a record of 165-124-31, leading the Rebels along the way to three SEC Western Division titles, including a trip to the SEC Tournament Finals in 1999.
Holeman inherits a Georgia program that has also had its fair share of success of late with three-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including a trip to the second round of tournament play in 2007 and 2009.
The players were introduced to their new head coach Monday morning at a team meeting. According to senior Kelli Corless, who was previously coached by Holeman at an Olympic Development Program while in high school, the team is confident about the direction it will be heading under their new head coach.
You could just tell his overall excitement about where he wants to take this program, Corless said. It was awesome. I dont think the meeting could have gone any better. Now I dont think we can all believe that we have to wait until fall before we get a chance to actually train and work with him.
Robin Confer, who has served an assistant coach for five seasons and who took over as the teams interim head coach in the wake of Bakers April departure, will remain on the Georgia coaching staff as an assistant coach.
For him to keep Robin Confer as an assistant coach, that is extremely exciting for us because we love her to death and shes invested a lot in the program, and so to have her stay with us is awesome, Corless said.