The UC Merced athletic department announced Thursday that Megan Atoigue will be stepping down from her role as head women's soccer coach to accept another position in the Bay Area.
"Megan has built a very solid foundation for our women's soccer program," said David Dunham, UCM director of recreation and athletics. "She has helped set the bar for excellence in performance for our campus. Her drive and dedication to the game and to our campus will be missed. We are very thankful for her contributions in the growth of not only the women's soccer program, but the growth of intercollegiate athletics at UC Merced. We wish her and her family all the best in their future endeavors."
Atoigue was the first and only coach in the program's history. During her tenure with the Bobcats, Atoigue compiled an impressive 48-24-10 overall record, including an incredible 21-2-5 record at home in the last three years, and built a program that has consistently been nationally ranked in numerous defensive categories.
She has coached one NAIA all-American, three California Pacific Conference Defensive Players of the Year, one conference Freshman of the Year, seven conference First Team performers, 14 conference Second Team players, and four NAIA scholar athletes. Additionally, in 2014-15 the women's soccer team was named as an NAIA scholar team.
"I am thankful and honored for the opportunity that David Dunham gave me to start and manage the collegiate women's soccer team at UC Merced over the last five years," Atoigue said. "This environment, especially the relationships built with each member of the team and co-workers, will be greatly missed. This decision was not easy, but my husband and I made a decision to move to give our daughter and family the best life possible. I will always be a Bobcat supporter and fan!"
Current assistant coach and assistant director Hannah Brown will be filling in during the interim.