Ballard relieved of duties on Wednesday
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey announced Wednesday that Steve Ballard has been relieved of his duties as head soccer coach effective immediately.
"After thorough review this spring, we felt we needed to take our soccer program in a different direction and therefore needed to make a change in the leadership of the program," Hickey said. "We are grateful to Coach Ballard for starting our soccer program from scratch and for his years of support and loyalty to UTSA."
Ballard came to UTSA in 2005 to become the first women’s soccer coach in school history after similarly starting the soccer program at Eastern Illinois. He guided the Roadrunners to a 66-79-15 record in eight seasons and finished with a .500 mark or better four times. In 2010, which was just the program’s fifth season, UTSA won a school-record 13 matches, claimed the school’s first Southland Conference Tournament Championship and made its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance.
His student-athletes have earned a total of 20 all-conference accolades, including six Southland first-team honorees and a pair of Southland Freshmen of the Year laurels. In addition, the Roadrunners were rewarded for their work in the classroom with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award seven times.
Assistant coach Greg Sheen will serve as interim head coach for the upcoming 2014 season and a national search for a replacement will begin following the campaign.