Kat Mertz Leaves SLU for Oregon

Kat Mertz, SLU Billikens final home game with asst Katie Shields on left

Kat Mertz, SLU Billikens final home game with asst Katie Shields on left

This disappoints me greatly following the improvement in form and attitude the Lady Billiken’s showed in 2012 following a dismal 2011 season.

Saint Louis head women’s soccer coach Kat Mertz has resigned to accept the same position at the University of Oregon.

“While here just one year, Kat clearly made an impact on our student-athletes and the SLU women’s soccer program,” SLU director of athletics Chris May said. “There was an overwhelming interest in our head-coaching position last year, and we anticipate that will be the case once again. We will conduct a national search to ensure we find the best candidate who will continue to build our program and put our student-athletes in a position to succeed on and off the field.”

“This past year has been a wonderful opportunity and a great experience,” Mertz said. “I can’t put into words how great it was to work with this team and the staff at SLU. I have grown as a coach and I’m sad to leave the Billiken family, but I am excited for the next chapter in my career. I would like to thank the University leadership, in particular Chris May. I know that under his leadership, this program will be successful.”

The Billikens went 5-9-4 in Mertz’ one season with the squad.

Here’s the press release from the Oregon Ducks on their hiring of Mertz.

Mertz is pictured above following the home game against St Joseph. Her assistants Katie Shields, pictured on left, joined Mertz from Northwestern last March while Ralph Richards joined the team from Carmel United SC (IN). Richards has been working with St Louis Scott Gallagher SC this season as well. No word yet on their plans.

Here’s my interview with her post-game following the St Joseph game (also pictured above)

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