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Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 2:01 p.m.

Vogel to depart as women’s soccer head coach, take administrative role

Tanya Vogel, women's soccer

Head coach Tanya Vogel braves the rain as she leads practice for the women's soccer team in October. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

Tanya Vogel announced today she will depart from the women’s soccer program after 12 years as its head coach and transition into an administrative role at the University.

Vogel’s news comes on the heels of the completion of the 2011 women’s soccer season, where her team posted a 5-12-2 overall record, failing to qualify for the A-10 tournament. Her move will open another coaching vacancy in the GW soccer programs, already seeking a replacement for retiring men’s soccer head coach George Lidster.

She took the reins of the Colonials in January 2000, hired to a program that won just three games during the 1999 series. She’s posted 82 victories while at the helm of the team, including back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in 2002 and 2003. During her tenure as head coach, Vogel mentored 12 all-conference performers, and saw the team win its first GW Women’s Team Academic Excellence Award and earn recognition from the NSCAA with the College Team Academic Award in 2010.

“Under Tanya’s stewardship our women’s soccer program has been a source of pride for this University, not only on the playing field, but with their success in the classroom and the example that her players have set for all of our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Patrick Nero said. “While her players will certainly miss her, we are thrilled that Tanya has decided to keep her considerable talents at GW, as her impact across all of athletics has already been felt by so many during her great tenure here to date.”

Vogel also competed for the Colonials for four years, and was a member of the school’s most successful season in 1996, when the GW earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, and served as team captain her junior and senior seasons. Vogel ranks sixth all-time at GW in scoring with 52 points, and was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in 1996.

Vogel became the first women’s soccer player to be inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise and sports science from GW, and completed her MBA at GW in 2006.

“I have had the true honor and utmost privilege of coaching my alma mater for the last 12 years, and I’ll be forever grateful to all of the student-athletes that I have worked with over that time,” Vogel said. “I am positively thrilled to pursue this new opportunity in athletics, as I know that my decision comes at a time when the women’s soccer program is in a great position for success moving forward.”

Vogel recently completed a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee, chairing the NCAA Women’s Soccer Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee. She continues to volunteer with young soccer players in the D.C. area, volunteering at camps and clinics and coaching four Bethesda Academy U-10 girls’ teams.