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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer coach Leightman departs for San Jose State
Tenth-year head coach resigns to accept new position in California

VESTAL, N.Y. -- After 10 seasons as head coach of his alma mater, Binghamton University women's soccer coach Jeff Leightman has resigned to accept the head coaching position at San Jose State, the school announced today.

Leightman, a 1995 graduate and former BU assistant, took over the program in 1998 and steered the team through the transition from Division II to Division I competition. His teams won 102 games in 10 years and advanced to the America East tournament four straight years (2004-07), posting a 3-1-3 mark in the postseason.

The defining moment of Leightman's tenure was tin 2004, when the Bearcats were picked to finish eighth in the 10-team conference, but instead won 14 games and captured both regular season and postseason America East crowns to earn the program's first NCAA Division I tournament berth. Leightman was named Coach of the Year by his peers. In 10 seasons, Leightman's teams compiled a 102-66-21 (60%) record.

""I would like to thank Dr. Thirer, Jim Norris and Binghamton University for 10 great years as the head coach at Binghamton and all the successes we had their together," Leightman said. "I will always hold a special place in my heart for the Bearcats."

As Binghamton began its historic tenure at NCAA Division I, Leightman was well served by his previous experience at the highest level of collegiate soccer. Prior to arriving at Binghamton, he completed stints with national power University of North Carolina (1996-97) and Division I Villanova University (1997-98).

While at Chapel Hill, he trained numerous U.S. National Team members, including Siri Mullinix (GK), Cindy Parlow (F) and Lorrie Fair (MF).

"Jeff has done an excellent job directing our women's soccer program for the last decade," director of athletics Joel Thirer said. "He has been a valued member of our department and we appreciate all the energy and expertise he has brought to the women's soccer program. We wish him well at San Jose State."

San Jose State plays out of the Western Athletic Conference, and has earned three straight postseason berths.

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