Elder Steps Down

18 Sep

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Doug Elder announced his intention to retire as men’s soccer coach at MSU Texas Thursday afternoon as he will step down prior to the start of the upcoming 2018 season.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead the men’s soccer program here at Midwestern State,” Elder said. “Words cannot describe the appreciation I have for all of the people who were a part of 18 amazing years not only as coach but as an instructor at MSU with special thanks to the administrators, students and fans that supported us on and off the field.”

Michael Meachum, who has served as associate head coach since 2011, immediately assumes interim head coaching duties. The search for an assistant begins immediately.

Elder ends his tenure as the program’s all-time leader with 274 wins. He is the second winningest coach in NCAA Division II winning an even 80 percent of his matches while leading the Mustangs to 13 postseason appearances while claiming 11 conference titles.

“As the legend of Westwood, John Wooden, once said, ‘A great coach can change a game, but a greater coach can change life.’ Doug Elder is one of those greater coaches,” MSU Texas Director of Athletics Kyle Williamssaid. “Doug loves Midwestern State both on and off the field. His desire to lead young men to championship seasons is quite evident, but his ability to guide the MSU men’s soccer team for life after soccer is what we will miss.

“I personally will miss it so much that I tried to three different times to talk him out of it. However, his mind is made up and we rejoice and certainly thank Doug for his 18 years here at Midwestern State. He leaves the program in great shape.”

Elder’s players claimed 27 All-America honors, while 75 gained all-region accolades and 97 were tabbed all-conference performers. He is a seven-time United Soccer Coaches’ Region Coach of the Year and claimed conference coach of the year honors on nine occasions.

“The credit for my success lies in countless sacrifices made by past and present coaching staff and more importantly the student-athletes themselves,” Elder said. “I have been blessed with many memorable victories, but those were not as important as watching these men grow into great husbands and fathers.”

He led teams to national semifinal showings in 2007 and 2010, while five other squads advanced to the national quarterfinal round.

Elder’s teams carried a ranking in the final United Soccer Coaches’ poll in 11 of the last 12 years obtaining the No. 1 spot for three weeks in 2008 and for single weeks in 2015 and 2017.

“I am forever grateful for a successful 18-year coaching here, but more grateful for all of the people’s lives I was able to influence as they have influence mine,” Elder said. “My only regret was I was unable to bring home a national championship, but I know someday this program will bring the big trophy back to Wichita Falls.”

Elder plans to pursue player evaluation opportunities in professional soccer.

ELDER BY THE NUMBERS
.800 — Career winning percentage is the second best all time in NCAA Division II trailing only Shaun Pendleton, who posted a .802 mark (347-79-18) in 23 years at Charleston (W. Va.) (1989-90), Lynn (Fla.) (1991-07) and Appalachian State (2008-11).
.800 — Stands as the 12th winningest all-time coach in all of NCAA soccer with a 274-56-33 career record.
274 — Career wins rank as the 30th most in NCAA Division II men’s soccer history.
.849 — Teams won nearly 85 percent of matches played at Stang Park posting a 149-18-18 mark including six unbeaten ledgers (2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017) on the home pitch.
44 — Mustangs extended home unbeaten streak to 44 matches beginning with a 2-2 draw against Sonoma State in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals on Nov. 17, 2007 running to the 2012 season. The streak including 40 wins and four draws.
13 — Elder’s teams qualified for NCAA Division II postseason play 13 times in 18 seasons. The Mustangs advanced to the Final Four in 2007 and 2010 with national quarterfinal showings in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2016 and 2017.
15.2 — Elder’s teams averaged 15.2 wins per season with 23 of his 56 losses (41 percent) coming in the first five years of his coaching tenure.
7 — Elder was named the United Soccer Coaches’ Regional Coach of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2017.
9 — Elder was selected conference coach of the year nine times including four in the Southwest Soccer Conference (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), three in the Lone Star Conference (2002, 2010, 2011) and two in the Heartland Conference (2016, 2017).
27 — Elder coaches 27 All Americans during his tenure as head coach.

— MSUMustangs.com —

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