Nov. 12, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz.--Lisa Oyen has been promoted to head women's soccer coach, University of Arizona athletics director Jim Livengood announced today. Oyen, 33, has been an assistant on the UA staff since 2003.
"I'm very thankful to be given this opportunity," Oyen said, "and I'm very optimistic about the future of this program.
"With our returning players and the incoming class we have every reason to look forward to the near and distant future," Oyen said. "The support staff here at the University will make the transition smooth and prepare us for a bright future."
Oyen succeeds Dan Tobias, for whom she served as a top assistant each of her eight years at UA, and as an assistant under Tobias at Washington State from 2001-02. Prior to her WSU tenure she was head coach of the Miami Premier Soccer Club under-17 program for two years.
"Lisa is more than prepared to take on the head coaching duties for our soccer program," Livengood said. "She's a bright young coach with a keen understanding of the sport and a solid commitment to taking this program where we want it to go," he said.
She started in coaching as an assistant at her alma mater, Montana, in 1998 and also worked with Manchester United Soccer Schools and Bobby Charlton Sports Schools. She also was special projects manager for the Seattle Sounders.
Oyen played for four years at Montana as a starting defender and two-time team captain and went on to play two years for the Miami Gliders of the United Soccer League Southeastern Division.
Oyen was involved with the Arizona Olympic Development Program from 2004-08 and helps train a 12-and-under Tucson youth team. She earned a degree in cellular and molecular biology from Montana in 1998.