East Carolina Soccer Announces Coaching Staff Change

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Allison Lipsher

Feb. 3, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. – After two seasons with the East Carolina women’s soccer program, assistant coach Allison Lipsher has resigned from her position to enroll in graduate school and continue pursuing her academic goals.

A national search for her replacement will begin immediately according to head coach Rob Donnenwirth.

“We really appreciate everything Allison did with our goalkeepers,” said Donnenwirth. “We had new goalkeepers this year and I thought she did a great job with them. We wish Ali the best as she changes careers and know she’s going to do well at whatever she does.”

Lipsher made a strong impression in her short time with the program. Last season, she played an integral role with the development of transfer Saundra Baron, who posted six shutouts and had a 1.06 goals against average during the regular season.

In 2012, Lipsher mentored First-Team All-Conference USA performer Christiane Cordero, who posted a league-best 10 shutouts (eight in league play). Cordero earned a C-USA best three player-of-the-week awards and capped off her stellar season with a 1.02 goals against average with 90 saves.

Prior to her appointment at ECU in July of 2012, Lipsher served as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona where she worked with the goalkeepers. She tutored 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention Ashley Jett, who started 19 games and recorded a pair of shutouts against Texas Tech and Oregon during her senior season.

A graduate of Duke University, Lipsher played four seasons for the Blue Devils from 2004-07. She finished her career ranked second on Duke and fourth on the ACC career charts in shutouts (33). Her career 0.87 goals against average and 265 saves ranked first and second, respectively.