Solberg Elevated to Head Coach

HOUSTON, Texas (June 29) - University of Houston Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk stayed in the Cougar family today when he elevated Bill Solberg to Head Women's Soccer Coach. Solberg replaces Chris Huston who resigned last month.

"We are excited about naming Bill our new head coach," commented Gladchuk. "He is tremendously respected not only by the student-athletes, but by the soccer community nationwide. He brings unbridled enthusiasm to the head-coaching job, and he knows what we're trying to accomplish here at the University of Houston: a National Championship.

"Bill has helped this program along in its development, and he brings consistency from within the program. We feel confident Bill will continue to lead this program into elite status."

A former soccer standout at Marquette University, Solberg is elated about his new opportunity.

"I am extremely excited about taking this team to the next level," said Solberg. "I am thrilled at the opportunity, and I will make it happen here at the University of Houston. I cannot wait to get this going in August."

Solberg spent one season as Huston's top assistant, as the Cougars compiled an impressive 11-8-2 mark and a second-place Conference USA finish in the program's second year of existence. Solberg was recently named to the U.S. Women's Soccer Region III staff.

The Brookfield, Wis., native joined Houston after serving as an assistant coach at both the club and collegiate level. Most recently, Solberg enjoyed great success after leading the Milwaukee Kicker Nationals U-15 girls team to a state championship while also assisting with the U-14 boys team. As an Olympic Development assistant coach, he instructed the U-19 Men's and Women's teams in the state of Wisconsin.

In addition to his coaching duties, Solberg took the time to instruct aspiring soccer athletes from the Midwest at both the Steve Adlard Premier Soccer Camp and the First Touch Soccer Camp. Solberg also served both a physical education and Spanish/theology instructor at Catholic schools in Wisconsin while continuing his coaching responsibilities in numerous leagues.

After graduating from Marquette in 1997, Solberg volunteered as an assistant coach for the MU men's team during their 1997-98 season of competition. His coaching stint there highlighted a celebrated four-year career with the number-11 ranked Golden Eagles. At Marquette Solberg played in and started all 87 games while posting 42 points (11 goals, 20 assists) from 1993-96. He was a three-time All-Conference USA selection and was named to the All-Midwest team as a senior. As a midfielder he helped lead the team to a 50-28-9 overall record during his career.

Transaction---Named Bill Solberg head women's soccer coach.



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