Spartanburg, S.C. – After serving as the head coach of the USC Upstate women's soccer program for two years, Renee Lopez has resigned her position to take the head coaching job at Colorado Christian College in Denver, Colo., announced Mike Hall, Director of Athletics at Upstate.
"Renee worked very hard to change the culture of our women's soccer program," said Hall. "The team's academics improved, their work ethic improved, and overall, we were more competitive than when she took over the program. We wish her the best in the next chapter of her life."
Hall said that the search for the new head coach of the women's soccer program will begin immediately and that assistant coach Marcie Klebanow will serve as the interim head coach until the search for a head coach is completed and the position is filled.
Lopez inherited an Upstate program that had gone winless in 19 games in 2009. She infused the program with her energy and led Upstate to three wins and a pair of ties in 2010. One of the ties came against a Florida Gulf Coast team that won the regular season A-Sun championship with an undefeated record. The Spartans won two matches and tied another in 2011, with six of the losses coming by two goals or less.
"Although it will be hard to leave my players at Upstate, I am confident in the leadership of the returning players and a very strong, talented 2012 recruiting class," said Lopez. "I am very excited about this opportunity to move on to this great next step in my career. Colorado Christian University is an amazing institution and I think it will be a great fit for me."