Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - After the most successful season in ASU women's soccer history, their head coach is heading to Spokane.
Derek Pittman will be leaving the ASU at the beginning of the new year to accept an associate head coaching position at Gonzaga. He will also serve as goalkeepers coach.
"I am very thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to have led the ASU soccer program over these past three years," said Pittman. "I truly wish the athletic department here at Arkansas State and the young ladies on the soccer team all the best for the future. They are a great group of women and will achieve great things on and off the field."
Pittman posted an 18-34-7 record at the helm of the ASU soccer program over three seasons, including the team's record breaking 2009 campaign when they posted an 8-10-3 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. During his tenure the Red Wolves earned first-ever program wins over Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, South Alabama and Troy.
Under Pittman's direction the program has improved attendance at the ASU Soccer Park, breaking the records set the previous season every year and set numerous team and individual records.
He will go to a Gonzaga squad that finished 8-12, 2-5 in the West Coast Conference in 2009. The Bulldogs are helmed by second-year head coach Amy Edwards. Edwards and Pittman are both alums and former University of Tulsa players.
A national search for Pittman's replacement will begin immediately.