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ULM Names Roberto Mazza Women's Soccer Head Coach

Release: 12/07/2011
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 MONROE, La. - After leading Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the NCAA Tournament twice in the past three years, Roberto Mazza has been named the women's soccer head coach at ULM, director of athletics Bobby Staub announced Wednesday evening. Mazza's hire is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

"You don't have to look too hard to see the success that Roberto had at Arkansas-Pine Bluff," Staub said. "Reaching the NCAA Tournament is not an easy task and to reach the tournament in two of the last three years is a true testament to his coaching abilities. Roberto not only recruited student-athletes that helped them win championships on the field, but he also brought in young women that were extremely successful in the classroom. We are excited about the future of ULM soccer under his leadership."

"This is a fantastic opportunity that ULM has given to me," Mazza said. "I'm ready to get to work and make a big difference with this program. A lot of the success we had at Arkansas-Pine Bluff can be contributed to the hard work of our players and making them believe it was possible. At the end of the day, it's a matter of believing, putting in the work to accomplish your goals, and getting the job done."

Mazza led the Lady Lions to a 16-5-1 record this past season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas-Pine Bluff rolled through its Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule with a perfect 9-0 record. UAPB outscored its SWAC opponents 26-2 during the regular season and 8-0 in three conference tournament victories.

The Lady Lions drew No. 5 Oklahoma State in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and had the Cowgirls on their heels at the break. UAPB scored in the 31st minute of the opening half to go into halftime trailing by just one, 2-1, before Oklahoma State pulled away in the second half.

UAPB swept the SWAC postseason awards this past season as Silvia Fuentes was named Offensive Player of the Year and Erika Forbes was named Defensive Player of the Year - both players earned their respective awards for the second straight season - while Meaghan Storie claimed Freshman of the Year honors. All told, seven UAPB players were named either first or second team All-SWAC.

Mazza took over a UAPB program in 2007 that had regularly finished at the bottom of the SWAC standings and took the Lady Lions to the NCAA Tournament in just his third season. After leading the Lady Lions to their first-ever win in the SWAC Tournament in 2008, Mazza was named the SWAC Coach of the Year after his squad won the SWAC championship and posted a 12-7-4 record.

The results speak for themselves during Mazza's tenure at UAPB - two NCAA Tournament appearances; three SWAC Player of the Year selections; two SWAC Freshman of the Year selections; nine first team all-conference selections; nine second team all-conference selections; 27 SWAC Player of the Week honors; NCAA National Statistical Champion for goals-per-game; NCAA National Statistical Champion for points-per-game; two SWAC Tournament MVPs; and two SWAC Championships.

 In the classroom, Mazza's team is one of the top academic groups in the SWAC. They have recorded a 3.42 cumulative GPA since he has taken over the program.

Mazza was also involved with the Arkansas State Soccer Association as he served as the head coach for the under 14 girls Olympic Development Program team for two years.

Mazza earned his bachelor's degree in business administration at Tiffin University in 2006 and is currently working towards his master's in business administration and physical education. Mazza was voted a team captain on the nationally-ranked Tiffin soccer team.

Born and raised in Windsor, Canada, Mazza brings international experience to the program after playing in two prestigious Youth World Cups in Denmark and Sweden.

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