Duffy resigns as King women's soccer coach

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Women's Soccer Head Coach Simon Duffy has resigned after six seasons leading the Tornado, to become the head coach at Carson-Newman University.

In his six years at King, Duffy amassed 44 wins, including 31 in Conference Carolinas play. He also led King to their first ever Conference Carolinas Tournament victory when the eight-seeded Tornado upset top seeded Lees-McRae College in 2013. He led the Tornado to a fourth place finish in 2015, and King's first Conference Carolinas Tournament home match where they fell to Converse College in double overtime.

All six years under Duffy's tutelage, the Tornado were recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. This year two individuals garnered NSCAA Scholar All-South Region honors. King also earned to Conference Carolinas Messick Awards for sportsmanship following both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

"Simon has been a tremendous leader for our women's soccer program the past six years. His focus on the personal development and growth of student-athletes is evident in academic success of the team on an annual basis," said King Director of Athletics David Hicks. "Those values had a direct impact in the on-field success of the team, and have provided a solid foundation for the future of the program."

Hicks has named assistant coach Gus Pederson the interim head coach while a national search is conducted to fill the position.

"Gus is a knowledgeable and passionate young coach who brings tremendous energy to the program every day," Hicks said. "The program is in great hands while we search for the next leader of the program."

Pederson will assume his responsibilities as interim head coach when student-athletes return to campus on January 9.

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