Congratulations Coach Karen Hoppa: Women’s Head Soccer Coach, Auburn

by CoachZ on January 29, 2009

Soccer Coach Extends Contract 5 Years After Winning Season

Karen Hoppa, the Auburn women’s soccer coach, has signed-on for five more years, after already leading the program for the last decade.

“I am just really appreciative of the support Auburn has given me,” Hoppa said. “It has been a great 10 years, and I’m really looking forward to an exciting five years and hopefully more beyond that.”

The contract extension came after an 11-7-2 season, with appearances in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.

“The biggest focus for us in the next five years, and hopefully in the next year, is to take the program to another level,” Hoppa said.

Hoppa said that she is excited about the extension that will last through the 2013 school year. In that time she said she hopes to make more tournament and championship appearances and wins. Hoppa is 115-76-16 in her 10 seasons with the Tigers, and is the second-longest tenured and winningest coach in the SEC West. In addition to guiding her team on the field, Hoppa encourages academic success from her players. During her 10 years, the program has won six SEC West titles, an overall SEC title in 2002 and has been to seven NCAA tournaments.

“We obviously have enjoyed great success at the NCAA tournaments, getting to the second round a lot, but we’ve never been past the second round to the Sweet Sixteen level, and I think that’s really the main goal for me personally and the team as a whole,” Hoppa said. “That was our focus, and that was our goal this past season, and we were obviously really close.”

The Tigers lost 1-0 to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, at home Nov. 16.

“It was one of those games where we were one play away,” Hoppa said. “We had lots of chances but just couldn’t get the goals, that’s how soccer goes.”

Auburn will graduate four seniors this year before welcoming a new group of freshman in the fall.

“One of the most exciting things for next fall is our group of seniors,” Hoppa said. “We have seven seniors coming back that are just a tremendous class who have all played a really significant role over the last three years.”

January 29, 2009 :: Sports
BY ABBY ALBRIGHT / Assistant Sports Editor

Note: Champions always seem to rise to the top, player and coach alike. The fact is, I had the privilege of meeting Coach Hoppa several years ago when my oldest daughter was considering Auburn. Coach Karen Hoppa is and incredible coach and a tribute to the Auburn program, herself, and the university as a whole! Once again, congrats to one of the finest.

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