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February 01, 2003

USI selects Meek-Engelbrecht as women’s soccer head coach

Krissy Meek-Engelbrecht has accepted the position of head coach of the women’s soccer team at the University of Southern Indiana. Meek-Engelbrecht replaces Bill Wilkins, who is leaving the University on February 3.

“Our committee conducted a nationwide search for this position and realized quickly that the best person for the job was right here in Evansville,” said USI director of athletics Jon Mark Hall. “We are very excited to have Krissy join our Athletics Family.

“She is one of the bright young coaches in the country,” continued Hall. “Everyone I have spoken to, through this process, had nothing but positive things to say about Krissy as a person and a coach. She is a winner and she has proven this as a student-athlete and a coach.

“These qualities, we feel Krissy possesses, are needed to lead our program in the right direction. We have high expectations for the program over the next few years and I believe Krissy is excited that we have these expectations,” concluded Hall.

Meek-Engelbrecht comes to USI from the University of Evansville where she is an assistant coach. Under former Evansville head coach Mick Lyon, Meek-Englebrecht helped to direct the Aces to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 2001.

In addition to her game and practice duties, Meek-Engelbrecht was involved with recruiting, budget, camps, advertising, administrative duties, NCAA compliance, and alumni involvement.

In the community, she is the director of player development for the Blitz/Lady Blitz soccer organization. “Women’s soccer is an important part of the athletics landscape here in Evansville and we want everyone to be proud of our program at USI,” stated Hall.

Meek-Engelbrecht was an outstanding player for Evansville prior to becoming a coach. She was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-Great Lakes Region team member in leading the Aces to four straight MVC titles and two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances.

Meek-Engelbrecht becomes the third head coach in the seven-year history of the program. She follows Wilkins (1999-2002) and Greg Stone (1996-98), who led the Eagles to the 1998 NCAA Division II quarterfinals. USI was 8-10 overall last season, 3-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Informaton

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