Case to coach soccer only starting in fall

Fredonia State dual sports head coach Chris Case will give up his women’s lacrosse coaching duties after this spring in order to concentrate on women’s soccer. A national search for his successor has begun.

“After 12 years as head coach of two sports,” Director of Athletics Greg Prechtl said, “Chris is relinquishing the reigns of the lacrosse program to focus more intensely on women’s soccer. A terrific motivator, recruiter, and student of the game, Chris has moved both the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs forward significantly during his tenure here. Recruiting, coaching and fund-raising for two programs is a heavy lift.”

Case served one season as an assistant coach in both programs before taking over as the dual head coach prior to the 2002-03 academic year. In 12 seasons at the helm, he has become the winningest head coach in both sports – 115-92-23 in women’s soccer and currently 115-75 in women’s lacrosse, including an 11-3 record this season.

He was selected SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2012, and SUNYAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2003.

The 2012 women’s lacrosse season was highlighted by the Blue Devils’ first-ever national ranking and their first-ever NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament appearance. The Blue Devils were ranked as high as No. 14 in 2013, their highest ranking ever. They are No. 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll.

“I appreciate all the good work Chris has done with the lacrosse program,” Prechtl said. “I am looking forward with great anticipation to seeing what heights the women’s soccer program can reach getting his undivided attention.”