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July 2008

Release Date: July 1, 2008

McCorkle Named New ASU Women’s Soccer Coach

Angelo State University Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield Tuesday named Travis McCorkle as the new head coach of the ASU women’s soccer team, effective immediately.

A former Rambelles assistant, McCorkle returns to ASU after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at Eastern New Mexico University, a fellow member of the Lone Star Conference. He posted a 40-46-4 record with the Zias after starting the program from scratch in 2003.

During his tenure at ENMU, McCorkle coached 13 All-LSC players and 29 Academic All-LSC honorees. Additionally, his teams were honored with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards each of his five seasons with the program.

“Travis’ LSC and NCAA Division II experience was very attractive to us,” Brasfield said. “He was a good assistant for ASU when he was here before and we feel he can continue the success of our women’s soccer program and its drive for a conference title.”

McCorkle served as an assistant coach for the Rambelles from 2001-02 under former head coach Tom Brown, who left ASU last month to take a similar position at Sam Houston State University.

“I want to thank President Rallo, Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield and Assistant Athletic Director James Reid for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the ASU family and San Angelo community,” McCorkle said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to coach at Angelo State. ASU is a great university where success is part of the culture in the classroom and on the field. I absolutely can’t wait to get started.”

In his first head coaching job at ENMU, McCorkle had just six months to put together the inaugural Zias squad that posted a 3-12 record in 2003. Since that time, his teams have gone 37-34-4, including four straight winning seasons, a 10-win season in 2005 and a LSC Tournament appearance in 2006. He also started the ENMU men’s program in 2004, then handed it over to his assistant coach after the first season.

Prior to his first stint at ASU, McCorkle supervised the Grand Junction (Colo.) Soccer Club, serving more than six years as director of coaching and player development. During those years he oversaw more than 1,200 players and was responsible for the overall philosophy of the club.

At the high school level, McCorkle served as both the head girls’ (1989-94) and boys’ (1990-94) soccer coach at Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colo. He led the girls’ squad to four conference titles and five state playoff appearances, while his boys’ team claimed one conference crown and made two trips to the state playoffs.

McCorkle has held a National Class “A” Coaching License since 1995 and earned a Youth Coaching License from the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1997. He also holds an Advanced National Coaching License from the NSCAA. He has served as a head coach in the New Mexico Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2006 and was on the Colorado ODP coaching staff from 1992-2001. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Coaches Organization since 1993 and the NSCAA since 1995.

As a player, McCorkle founded, coached and played for the Mesa State College club team from 1987-91 and was named team MVP for the 1987-88 seasons. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Mesa State in 1994 and his master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

“My wife, Luann, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in San Angelo and are excited to be returning,” McCorkle said. “I know the current players want to have a strong season and I will do my best to help them achieve that goal. My job, as well as the players’, is to challenge ourselves every day to be the best we can be in the classroom, on the field and in life.”