January 26, 2009
Cullen Steps Down as Director of Soccer Operations
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College Director of Soccer Operations, John Cullen, has resigned his position to become the head women’s soccer coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cullen served as Catawba women’s soccer coach for eight seasons.
“I want to thank the Catawba administration for their support, encouragement and their faith in me as a coach over the years,” said Cullen. “I’ve had a fantastic journey, wonderful memories and great relationships and Catawba will always be a special place to me. Everybody embodied the family spirit I had heard so much about.”
In December, Cullen had agreed to coach both the men’s and women’s soccer team, after men’s coach Craig Turnbull was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Relations/NCAA Compliance. Dennis Davidson, director of athletics, said that now Catawba will go back to one coach for each sport and hopes to fill the positions by the end of February.
“We will be interviewing for two separate coaches for the soccer programs,” said Davidson. “I had complete confidence that Coach Cullen could have handled both programs, but that would be a lot to ask of a new coach. In considering the welfare of the student athletes, it is best to go back to individual coaches.
“I want to thank both Craig Turnbull and John Cullen for jobs well done at Catawba,” continued Davidson. “Both men did things the right way and saw their student athletes enjoy success on the field and in the classroom. I congratulate both of them as well on their new positions and feel that Turnbull will be a great asset to the administration here at Catawba, just as Cullen will be wonderful coach for Charlotte.”
Cullen guided the women’s team to a 113-43-26 record during his tenure. His teams won two South Atlantic Conference Championships, one SAC Tournament title and qualified for regional play on four occasions.
“I want to thank my players fellow coaches who I worked along side with and wish them and their teams the best going forward,” continued Cullen. “I appreciate how hard they worked and how much they cared about the program. I feel the program is moving forward and has made great strides and I’m excited to see where the new coach can take the team.”
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