Immediate Release: April 1, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
BU women's soccer adds Bowers and Pitts as assistant coaches
Bearcat goalkeeper returns to alma mater
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
"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
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.