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Women’s soccer hires first new head coach

Entering the 13th season of the USF women’s soccer program, 2007 marks the first time Logan Fleck won’t be the team’s head coach.

Denise Schilite-Brown was brought in from Virginia Commonwealth University on Dec. 20 to help turn around a struggling program that hasn’t registered a winning season since 1999.

Schilite-Brown spent seven years at VCU and led the team to back-to-back Colonial Association Conference championships in 2004 and 2005. She compiled a 77-51-17 record while with the Rams.

In addition to the conference championships, VCU reached the NCAA College Soccer Cup and led the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament win with a 3-1 victory over Clemson in 2005.

Leading a young program such as USF’s is a challenge Schilite-Brown openly welcomes.

“All I know as a coach is about young programs that haven’t reached the NCAA Tournament,” Schilite-Brown said. “I have lots of experience in that area, and I’m excited about building another program.”

Prior to coaching VCU, Schilite-Brown spent two seasons as the head coach of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, finishing with an 18-17-1 record.

The Bulls enter their third season in the Big East in the fall and look to improve upon a 6-14-2 record in conference play.

“I look forward to joining a nationally competitive conference,” Schilite-Brown. “I feel as a Division-I soccer player, (the Big East) is really where you want to be. I’m going to be tested my first few years here but look forward to the challenge.”