Lady Techsters enjoyed their most successful season in history
Kevin Sherry named Coach of the Year and Kathryn Sloan named Player of the Year
Named to third team
LA Tech finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.37 GPA
LA Tech finishes the 2014 season with a 13-6-3 record
Brittany Beddow scores golden goal in the first overtime period to clinch a spot in the C-USA Tournament for LA Tech
Down 1-0 at halftime, LA Tech scored two second half goals to complete the comeback over Marshall.
Goals by Donya Salomon-Ali and Katie Sloan propelled LA Tech to the first C-USA win of the year, a 2-1 victory over UAB
Five Techsters scored in the 7-0 shutout win
Four Lady Techsters scored their first career goal in the 8-0 win over the Lady Wildcats
Kevin Sherry begins his eighth season as head coach of the Lady Techsters and his 14th overall in Division I college coaching. Since he arrived in Ruston prior to the 2007 season, he has completely revamped the soccer program by instilling the four pillars of Lady Techster soccer: Passion, Respect, Service, Fearless.
The fearlessness was on display all of last season as Sherry led his young Lady Techster team into a strong new conference in Conference USA.
Despite having a roster of 18 freshmen and one senior, the Lady Techsters came together to produce a 9-10-1 record and came within one win of reaching the C-USA tournament in their first season in the competitive league.
The first ever C-USA win came at home in a 2-0 shutout victory over Marshall on Oct. 4. After dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in overtime to FIU, a match that saw LA Tech hold two separate leads, the Techsters reeled off three straight shutout wins over Middle Tennessee, UTEP and Southern Miss.
The building process was a continuation of the 2012 season when the squad went 12-5-4 which included an 11-game unbeaten streak and a 1-1 tie with No. 19 ranked Denver.
After being picked in the preseason to finish last in the conference, the team responded with a fourth-place finish in the WAC, setting school records by allowing only 15 goals and recording 12 shutouts along the way.
Sherry was named the LSWA Coach of the Year for his efforts.
The passion has not only been seen on the soccer field, but in the classrooms as well. Since the native of Grantham, England arrived in Ruston, Tech has consistently been recognized for its excellence in education as they were awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Team Academic Award for six consecutive school years. The award recognizes teams that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better.
Most recently, 23 of the soccer student-athletes were recognized by C-USA and were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Of those 23, nine also received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal, given to those who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.
The respect has been acknowledged through their sportsmanship as the team has been awarded multiple times with the NSCAA Ethics/Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes teams with less than five yellow cards throughout the season.
The biggest cultural impact in the program, however, has come from the fourth pillar - Service. Community service has been demonstrated year-round in Sherry's seven years as head coach. On the field they have constantly hosted free soccer clinics for kids. Off the field, they have recently volunteered at multiple events, raised money for Relay for Life, participated in radiothons, visited nursing homes and assisted with recycling drives.
A fifth pillar could be added to the revamping of the Lady Techster soccer program as well -- Winning. Since Sherry took over as head coach in 2007, he has developed winning individuals and winning teams year in and year out.
The lone senior on last year's roster, goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke, became the third Lady Techster to join a professional soccer team. Updyke joined the IA Akranes in Iceland to compete in the Pepsi League, the country's professional division. The other two were defender/forward Scotti Culton who played for the Colorado Rapids Women in Fort Collins, Colo. and Olivia Lukasewich who played for the Spartans Women's and Girls' Football Club of the Scottish Women's Premier League.
In 2010, Sherry's Lady Techsters finished with a record of 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the Western Athletic Conference, both school records. After being picked last in the conference preseason polls, LA Tech finished tied for third.
Also for the first time ever, the Lady Techsters placed individuals on the all-WAC team and qualified for the WAC Tournament, which was held at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex. In a season with so many great accomplishments, Sherry recorded a personal one of his own. With an 8-0 win over Grambling State on Sept. 1, 2010, Sherry won the 100th game of his NCAA coaching career.
In 2009, after winning their first 11 games, Sherry led Tech to a 12-7-1 record, including the program's first-ever Western Athletic Conference win. Tech scored the most goals (54), assists (45) and points (153) ever in a single season. In match play, the Lady Techsters set new single-game records in goals (12), assists (12) and points (36).
In 2008, the Techsters were recognized for their significant improvement from their 2007 campaign when they went 2-14-1. Sherry and Co. posted a 10-5-5 record, an eight game improvement that the NCAA recognized along with three other schools, as one of the most improved teams in the nation. They also established a new shutouts record with 10 as they held their opponents scoreless in nine of their 10 wins.
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2008 season, Sherry was selected to serve as U.S. Youth Olympic Development coach. Sherry was given the responsibility of coaching the Louisiana U-16 team and was also selected to instruct a coaching clinic for all high school coaches in the state of Louisiana.
Sherry spent two years as head coach at Western Illinois. He inherited a program that was 24-111-7 over its history, including a 3-12-3 mark, the year prior to his arrival. Between the 2005 and 2006 seasons, he compiled a 20-13-4 record, and the program was recognized as one of the NCAA's most improved. Before his arrival, the program had never experienced a winning season.
He led Western Illinois to its first Mid-Continent Championship finals in 2006. Even though the Westerwinds lost the conference championship, they finished with an 11-7-1 record. Their 11 wins were the most victories in a season in school history.
Sherry turned around another losing program as head women's soccer coach at Graceland University. Prior to his arrival, the Yellowjackets never had a winning season in its history. That changed as well. He coached Graceland to records of 12-7-1 and 16-2-3 before he led the team to an 18-0-5 record in his final season. Their success equated to the school's first undefeated season, the school's first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championship, an appearance in the NAIA Final Four and its highest national ranking of seventh by the NSCAA.
For Sherry's efforts, he was named NSCAA Central Region NAIA Women's Coach of the Year.
While being head coach at Graceland, Sherry also served as head coach of the Des Moines Menace U-15 Boys Super Y League and worked with the Iowa Olympic Development program.
Sherry has international coaching experience as well as he was the head men's soccer coach at Nagoya Gakuin University and the Aichi F.C. Nagoya junior youth head coach in Japan prior to his four-year stint at Graceland. He also worked as the director of soccer coaching and player youth development for the Al Nahda national schools organization in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 1992-93.
Sherry got his first-ever head coaching job at Burlington Danes High School in London in 1987. During his five years at the institution, the school won the West London Area Cup at every age level and also won the prestigious London Championship two straight years. One of his former players, Danny Dichio, formerly played for the MLS club Toronto FC from 2007-09. Sherry also headed the West London Schools F.A. select teams from 1989-92. He served as the head coach for the U-16 select team from 1991-92 and the U-15 select team from 1989-90.
As a student-athlete, Sherry played for the West London Institute of Higher Education and won the British National College Championship in 1987. He was selected to play for the FISEC Great Britain U-18 team and went on to play for Bangor City in the United Kingdom and Morning Star in Hong Kong.
Sherry earned degrees in physical education/sports science and sociology from Bangor University in Wales, along with his master's from Leicester University in England. He possesses the United States Soccer Federation's "A" license and the U.E.F.A. "International" coaching license from England.