By Ashley Conrad, Bethany (Kan.) College, NAIA Virtual Intern, Class of 2013
McPherson College women's soccer head coach, Robert Talley, is being named the winningest women's soccer coach in McPherson's history. His accomplishments start with four playoff appearances, three semi-final finishes and four NSCAA Team Ethics awards.
In 2008, Talley took the head coaching position at McPherson and is producing an allotment of achievements. Before Talley became head coach, the lady Bulldogs' were a mid-level program with records like 8-8-1.
"I'm very grateful for achieving this accomplishment, and I owe it to the hard work and dedication of my current and past players," said Talley. "McPherson College has a great history of success with our athletics programs and to be recognized as one of the winningest coaches is a humbling honor to receive.
In Talley's first season as head coach, the Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 9-6-4 and a conference record of 5-3-1. The Bulldogs finished third place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and lost in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. In three seasons, Coach Talley led the lady Bulldogs to an overall record of 26-19-10.
The lady Bulldogs are the winners of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics award for three consecutive years. This award goes to the team that best demonstrates sportsmanship on the soccer field. It is open to all men's and women's soccer teams in all divisions and associations.
"My coaching staff and I will continue to teach our players to play the game with respect and integrity," Talley said. "We realize there are things we need to improve upon in order to reach our ultimate goal — an NAIA National Tournament berth. Hard work and discipline on and off the field are what will help make this happen."
With the addition of new players for the upcoming year, the lady Bulldogs will gain depth and building blocks towards achievement of the overall goal — the NAIA National Tournament. Keep up the winning streak, Coach Talley.