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Antonisse new LETU women's soccer coach

By Brandon Ogden
June 3, 2014 at 11 p.m.

John Antonisse knows what it takes to win American Southwest Conference titles.

He's done so twice – in 2002 and 2004 – as the head women's soccer coach at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Antonisse will now look to lift LeTourneau's program to a championship level as he was introduced as the school's new women's soccer coach on Tuesday.

"Through an extensive search, it became clear that coach Antonisse provides our women's soccer program with great leadership, a clear vision of developing women to be successful on and off the field and a tremendous knowledge of the game," LeTourneau athletic director Terri Deike said. "He is a proven coach who embodies LeTourneau University and our athletic program. We are tremendously blessed to have coach Antonisse take over the reins of the women's soccer program."

"I feel this is where God has led me, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to take this program to the next level and work with so many good people," Antonisse said. "The facilities are great. The athletic director knows where she wants to take this program. It's a breath of fresh air, and I'm very excited."

Antonisse was at UT-Dallas for the previous 17 seasons where he led the Comets to nine ASC title games, including winning the championship twice. In 2002, UT-Dallas advanced to the NCAA Round of 16. In 2011, Antonisse led UT-Dallas to the NCAA Division III Tournament once again.

Antonisse has a career record of 208-94-34. UT-Dallas had 14 winning seasons under Antonisse, including a 10-9-1 record in 2013, and has advanced to 11 consecutive ASC Tournaments.

Antonisse takes over a LeTourneau program that went 1-18 this past season, including a 6-0 loss to UT-Dallas. The YellowJackets are 5-49-1 over the past three seasons.

"I think at LeTourneau, it is similar to what I had at UT-Dallas, you have to be student one and athlete one-A," Antonisse said. "You have to find someone who is 100 percent committed to their academics, but I also want them 100 percent committed to our soccer program and maintain the desire to win and be competitive.

"You have to find a recruiting niche for the university you're working within and really pursue it and believe it what you're presenting. I'm going to go out and try to find those players that fit what it's all about and fit what I want to do as far as the soccer team goes. I want to let them know that they're going to get a great education and that they're going to have a great time playing soccer for me."

Antonisse said his team will be hard working and organized defensively. He also said he wants to try to capitalize on opportunities and make pursuing excellence on the soccer field a priority.

LeTourneau will play its first game under Antonisse against Centenary on Aug. 29 at home.

<em>(Follow Brandon Ogden on Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank">@BrandonOSports</a>)</em>



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