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.”