Cal State soccer coach departs

Lance Thompson

After just one year, Cal State San Bernardino men’s soccer coach Lance Thompson has resigned to take a position as Director of Soccer at Division II University of Hawaii-Hilo.

Yep, it’s pretty bad timing. The first game is less than a month away and practices are slated to start in a couple of weeks. Women’s soccer coach Travis Clarke has the unenviable job of handling both, with help from yet-to-be determined assistants.

“It’s a move based on our family’s needs,” Thompson said. “By living in Hawaii, we can help manage their daily lives much better than by living on the mainland. My wife (Jenn) and I knew a move eventually would happen. The timing of our careers – both with my wife and now with my opportunity at UHH – made this possibility occur at a rapid rate that neither one of us could anticipate.”

Last season, the Coyotes were 5-5-7 overall in Thompson’s only year at the helm. CSUSB ranked among the top in NCAA Division II defense, tying two NCAA Division II records – most ties (7) and most scoreless ties (4) in a season.

Thompson came to CSUSB after three seasons at Cal Poly Pomona (2010-12), where the Broncos were 29-22-4.  He owns an overall record of 135-85-23 in 13 seasons as a college head coach.

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