As the New Mexico State women's soccer team prepares to open the 2011 season of play there is an air of mystery about the Aggie program despite it being in its third year of existence. The Aggies' offseason saw a changing of the guard at the head coaching position as the program's first coach, Michael Needham, left to take over his alma mater Rhode Island. In steps former Arizona State Sun Devil assistant coach Blair Quinn who like his predecessor is making his head coaching debut as the Aggies' front man. Quinn hopes to bring the Aggies back to the conference tournament after the Aggies missed out on postseason play in 2010.
The Aggie head man promoted graduate assistant Cortney Sobrero to assistant coach. "Courtney obviously, she's been here since day one of the program which is tremendously helpful to me and the team," said Quinn. "For me it was a no-brainer to keep someone like that here in terms of her knowledge of this program, her knowledge of the kids, the conference, it was a no-brainer. She's done a great job. The team loves her and respects her tremendously, especially for what she did for them in the spring. She was head coach, assistant coach, grad assistant, friend, person to talk to. She pretty much filled every role for the kids and did a great job doing it."
Quinn also retained volunteer assistant coach Chris Vaudrey to work with the goal keepers. "That was an easy one too. He's done a very good job with the goal keepers here, they all really like him," said Quinn. "He's a genuinely really great person. The kids like and respect him, I like and respect him."
Joining the staff this season as the Aggies' graduate assistant is Jill Shoquist, a person that Quinn is very familiar with after Shoquist played for Arizona State during Quinn's time as an assistant there. "I saw the kid pretty much grow up through college from an 18-year old freshman to a 22-year old graduating senior. She's someone we thought was going to be a very good coach if it was something she wanted to do and it looks like it is," said Quinn. "As soon as I got this job I immediately went to Jill and asked her if she would be interested in being a grad assistant so she was someone who was on my radar from day one." Continue Reading This Post >>