Plute named to lead USD womens soccer

Plute named to lead USD womens soccer The newest intercollegiate sport at The University of South Dakota now has a head coach to lead the program.

Womens soccer, which will make its debut for the 1999 fall season, will be under the direction of Carrie Plute, according to USD Athletic Director Kelly Higgins.

"I'm very pleased to have Carrie join our athletic staff and lead our womens soccer program," said Higgins. "Starting a new program is always a challenge and with Carrie's sound credentials I'm extremely confident of her abilities. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport impressed me. She has the right qualities to develop and direct our womens soccer program."

A graduate of Wheeling (WV) Jesuit University, Plute earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy. She is completing her master of science degree in sport psychology at West Virginia University.

Plute served as the assistant womens soccer coach in 1997 and 1998 at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit where the team posted a two-year record of 22-19. She was an assistant soccer and basketball coach at Bethany College in West Virginia during the 1996 season.

A four-time all-American, Plute enjoyed a stellar playing career at Wheeling Jesuit. Plute established seven school records, including career marks for games played (84), goals scored (95) and assists (41).

Plute was the leading scorer in NCAA Division II during her senior campaign and she was named Wheeling Jesuit's Athlete of the Year.

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