Huston Leaves Rice Soccer Program

Sept. 15, 2010

Chris Huston, who has led the Rice women's soccer program from its beginning in 2001, will no longer serve as the head coach of the Owls, Rice Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan announced on Wednesday. Greenspan also announced that Associate head coach Nicky Adams will serve as the interim head coach, effective immediately.

Huston compiled 91-78-13 record in her tenure at Rice, highlighted by C-USA title in 2005 and a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. She was introduced as the Owls first soccer coach on May 26, 2000 and saw the team debut in the fall of 2001 by compiling a 7-9 record, earning the second seed in the WAC Tournament. For her effort, she was named the WAC coach of the year, one of two such awards she earned during her time at Rice.

Adams joined the Owls program in January of 2003 and was promoted to Associate head coach in 2006.

Huston's soccer career began at Klein Oak High School in north Houston, where she earned all-America honors for the Panthers. She played collegiately at the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of NCAA Championship teams 1989 and 1990.

Injuries ended Huston's playing career but she graduated from UNC in 1992 with a degree in psychology and returned to the state of Texas to begin her coaching career.

She spent four years coaching successful club teams throughout Texas and in 1998 was selected to become the first head coach of the University of Houston's women's soccer program. She guided the Cougars to back-to-back second place finishes in Conference USA before moving on to Rice to start the Owls' program.

Greenspan indicated no final decision will be made on the head coaching position until the end of the current season.

The Owls are scheduled to play BYU at 7 p.m. Saturday the Rice Soccer Stadium.

 

 

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