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BU women’s soccer adds Bowers and Pitts as assistant coaches

Former Bearcat goalkeeper returns to alma mater

April 1, 2011

BU women’s soccer adds Bowers and Pitts as assistant coaches

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton women’s soccer program has announced the hiring of both Kristie Bowers and Rich Pitts as assistant coaches. Both will join the program in preparation for the 2011 season.

Bowers is no stranger to the Bearcats, having been a four-year starting goalkeeper from 2003-06. During her career, Binghamton won the 2004 America East title and she set the program record with 383 saves. In the classroom, Bowers made the America East Honor Roll every semester and she also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee all four years.

From 2007-08, Bowers was the goalkeeper coach at Western Carolina. In her second season, the squad won the Southern Conference title and the starting goalkeeper was named the conference tournament MVP. For the past four years, Bowers has also been involved with the Region III Olympic Development program and was the Director of Goalkeeping for the Carolina Mountain Soccer Club.

Following graduation, Bowers also continued her playing career as a goalkeeper for the Rochester Ravens (2005-06) and Rochester Rhinos (2007) of the United Soccer League’s W-League Northern Division.

“I’m ecstatic to have Kristie on our staff,” Binghamton head coach Sarah McClellan said. “She was the ultimate student-athlete here at her alma mater and has a deep pride for our program and university. Kristie’s playing and coaching experience will help us take our program to the next level. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious and her competitive spirit is second to none. She is a winner and her mentality will be well embraced by our program.”

Pitts, meanwhile, has been coaching youth boys and girls club and premier level soccer for over 20 years. He has led numerous teams to the state cup level. Pitts served on the nearby Maine Endwell High School girl’s varsity staff for the past five years, helping that team to five Section 4 Championships, one Regional Championship, and an appearance in the NYS Final Four Championships.

“Rich has many, many years of coaching experience and does a great job in understanding players and helping to maximize their talents,” McClellan said. “He is a student of the game, always growing and developing his approach. Rich brings us a strong sense of the mental side of the game. He is a welcomed addition and fits in perfectly with our program.”

McClellan, Bowers and Pitts will lead a Bearcat squad that has qualified for six of the last seven America East Tournaments and advanced to the 2009 conference championship game. Binghamton loses just three letterwinners and one starter to graduation this spring.

“I am very enthused with this staff,” McClellan said. “Kristie and Rich share my passion for this program and will be instrumental in helping our program take the next step forward. Our staff is filled with positive energy and enthusiasm which will be a joy to work with each day.”

Binghamton University—Kristie Bowers and Rich Pitts named assistant women’s soccer coaches.

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