End of an Era: SPU women’s soccer coach Chuck Sekyra resigns

End of an Era: SPU women’s soccer coach Chuck Sekyra resigns

Chuck Sekyra. (Andrew Towell)
Chuck Sekyra. (Andrew Towell)

SEATTLE, WA – (SPUFalcons.com) Chuck Sekyra has resigned after 12 very successful years as the head women’s soccer coach at Seattle Pacific University, Director of Athletics Erin O’Connell announced Monday.

Sekyra departs as the winningest coach in program history with a 209-34-20 record. He directed the Falcons to three NCAA Division II Final Four appearances, including a national championship campaign in 2008.

“We want to thank Chuck for his service at SPU and for building an incredibly successful women’s soccer program,” said O’Connell. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

FalconBug208-9_HiRes---400The Falcons forged a 12-5-3 record in 2014 and won their second straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament title. They participated in the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season, losing to Cal State Stanislaus in a first-round contest by a 2-1 score in overtime.

Chuck Sekyra”I have loved my time as the head women’s soccer coach at SPU, not to mention my time as a player and assistant coach on the men’s side,” Sekyra said. “The program has meant so much to me and has been an integral part of my life. I am very proud of what has been accomplished in my 12 years at SPU and am blessed to have coached so many amazing women. As much as anything, I am going to miss the tremendous women on this team. 2015 is going to be a great year for them.”

Sekyra was a defender on the SPU men’s soccer teams that won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1985 and 1986. He was named GNAC Coach of the Year six times (2003-05, 2007, 2009, 2011) and the Regional Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007. He received the 2007 NSCAA National Coach of the Year award.

SPU will begin a national search immediately for Coach Sekyra’s successor.

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