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    UMass women's soccer coach Jim Rudy retires

    By Robert Ritzman

    May 27, 2009, 6:30PM

    AMHERST - Jim Rudy announced his retirement Wednesday after 21 seasons as University of Massachusetts women's soccer head coach.

    Throughout his 28 years of coaching soccer, Rudy established himself as one of the sport's most consistent winners. He averaged over 11 wins a season in his career, sporting a 313-160-28 lifetime women's coaching record.


    "I've had a good run here at UMass and am very grateful for the opportunity," Rudy said. "We've had some great players, fans and seasons here, but most importantly the women's soccer program has produced many excellent graduates over the past 21 years. For me, a coach's graduates are the most critical litmus test of the program's success, and we've graduated nearly all of them."

    In his career, Rudy directed his teams into NCAA postseason play 13 times, including nine of his 21 seasons at UMass. Rudy is the only coach in the women's collegiate ranks to guide two schools to the Final Four - University of Central Florida in 1982 and 1987 and UMass in 1993.

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