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Lisa Oyen Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 11, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Also in her fourth season at Arizona, Oyen returns as an assistant coach for the Wildcats. Last season, Oyen was part of a coaching staff that led the Wildcats to an 11-8-3 record and a third round finish in the NCAA tournament.

            “Lisa continues to be so instrumental in our program’s success because she is simply an outstanding person and an excellent coach,” said head coach Dan Tobias. “She is a tremendous ambassador for the university, the soccer program and a perfect role-model for our student-athletes. It is an honor to have her on our staff.”

            Before accepting the job at Arizona, Oyen spent two seasons at Washington State where she helped Tobias lead the Cougars to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

            Prior to her tenure at WSU, Oyen was head coach of the U-17 Miami Premier Soccer club from 1999-2000, after she spent the fall of 1998 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Montana.  Oyen also spent three months coaching for the Manchester United Soccer Schools and the Bobby Charlton Sports Schools, where she directed and supervised soccer students around the world.

            Upon returning from the United Kingdom, Oyen moved to Seattle, where she worked for the Seattle Sounders as the special projects manager and the women’s sales and marketing manager.

            Oyen has also had plenty of experience as a player.  She spent two years playing for the Miami Gliders of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-2 Southeastern Division.  In 1998, the Gliders placed fourth at the national tournament, and in 1999, Oyen was named a team captain.

            A four-year letterwinner at Montana, Oyen was a starting defender for the Grizzlies.  She was a team captain in 1994 and 1997 and was chosen the Most Valuable Player for both her team and the Big Sky Conference in the fall of 1997 after leading Montana to the conference championship.  She also earned all-West Region honors from both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and SoccerBuzz Magazine in 1997.

            Oyen has also taken on other coaching endeavors in her time at Arizona. She is currently the head coach for the ’88 age group for the Arizona Olympic Development Program. She also coaches for the U-11 girls Arizona Rush Nike team.

            Oyen graduated from Montana in 1998 with a bachelor of science in cellular and molecular biology.

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