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Byford Resigns as Villanova's Women's Soccer Coach

Nov. 20, 2013

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head women's soccer coach John Byford has announced his resignation following his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat program. Byford led Villanova to a 50-53-14 mark during his Wildcat career, while his 12-year overall coaching mark currently stands at 98-92-22.

"I would like to express my gratitude to John for his dedication to our student-athletes and his support of the Villanova mission," said Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "He is a true professional and a respected colleague."

Throughout his Villanova tenure, Byford guided the Wildcats to one NCAA Tournament appearance and three Big East Tournament berths, in addition to coaching 16 All-BIG EAST selections. The Wildcats have also had four NSCAA All-Region selections under Byford's tutelage.

"In my six years at Villanova, I have been privileged to work with some remarkable young women. I wish the program every success in the future."

Villanova has also excelled in the classroom under Byford's watch. The team has counted 84 BIG EAST Academic All-Stars during the past five seasons, in addition to five selections to the Capital One Academic All-District team and 10 honorees on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area squad.

A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.