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Head coach Kevin Sherry enters his 11th season at the helm
The duo guided the Lady Techsters to a 14-win season
Finished with an overall record of 14-6-1
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday
Lady Techsters drop home opener to Cowgirls
Goals by Kathryn Sloan and Mylene Roy-Ouellet gave LA Tech a 2-1 victory over ULM in the 2015 season opener.
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
Just like the previous two years in the very strong league that is Conference USA, the Lady Techsters were picked preseason to finish close to last place and outside of tournament qualification.
And just like those two years, the team has been fearless in proving all of the voters wrong by besting some quality soccer programs in dramatic fashion.
After starting league play with four losses in the first six games, LA Tech closed out the regular season with three victories and one draw. The final game was the most crucial as the team needed their first ever win versus North Texas who had already clinched the conference title. They did just that, pulling off an upset for the ages with a shutout victory over the Mean Green to punch a ticket to the league tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
The team finished with a 12-8-1 mark, the sixth time the program has reached double-digit wins under Sherry.
There were plenty of other firsts in 2014 as well, including the team's first ever appearance in the C-USA Tournament where they claimed their first-ever postseason victory which was an upset of the No. 3 seed UTEP on penalty kicks to reach the semifinals.
Sherry was named the Louisiana Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) that season for a second time in his career, leading the Techsters to a 13-6-3 record.
These firsts were a culmination of the hard work and determination which carried over from year one in C-USA, a season which produced a solid 9-10-1 record and four league victories despite having a roster of 18 freshmen.
The story was mostly the same in 2012 in what was the final year in the Western Athletic Conference with LA Tech being picked last in the preseason. The Techsters responded with a 12-5-4 overall record, including an 11-game unbeaten streak and a 1-1 tie with No. 19-ranked Denver, to finish in fourth in the league while setting records by allowing only 15 goals and recording 12 shutouts along the way. For that year as well, Sherry was named Coach of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
Of course the passion has not only been seen on the soccer field, but in the classroom as well. Since the native of Grantham, England arrived in Ruston, LA 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 eight consecutive school years. The award recognizes teams that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better.
Most recently, the team had a league-best 28 student-athletes that were recognized by being named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll during the 2015-16 academic year, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Of those student-athletes, 11 also received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal which is given to those who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.
The third pillar -- 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 impact of the program most often comes from the fourth pillar - Service. Community service has been demonstrated year-round in Sherry's nine years as head coach. At the inaugural Techspys, the soccer team took home the SAAC award for the team that best represents the commitment to promoting a positive image in the community.
In 2010, Sherry's Lady Techsters finished with a record of 15-6 overall, a school record for most wins in a single season, and a third-place finish in the WAC.
That same year, LA Tech qualified for the WAC Tournament for the first time in the program's young history with the event 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 league win. Tech scored the most goals (54), assists (45) and points (153) ever in a single season.
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.
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.
In his nine years at LA Tech, he has coached eight players who were selected All-Conference, two of which also earned Louisiana Player of the Year honors.
Sherry spent 2005 and 2006 as head coach at Western Illinois. He inherited a program that was 24-111-7 over its history, having never experienced a winning season. Between the two seasons, he compiled a 20-13-4 record, and the program was recognized as one of the NCAA's most improved.
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.
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