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May 29, 2014

Nolin named Valdosta State’s women’s soccer coach

Valdosta State’s search for a women’s soccer coach is over.

Two months after Melissa Heinz resigned after three years at the helm of the Blazers’ program to pursue an alternate career path, VSU athletic director Herb Reinhard announced Wednesday that Rebecca Nolin will ber her replacement.

"I am very pleased and excited to have Rebecca join our soccer program as head coach," Reinhard said in a release. "Rebecca has tremendous experience as a player, having played at the highest professional level, and her years of coaching under Rob King at Kennesaw State have prepared her well for our head coach position."

Prior to transitioning into coaching, Nolin — who was born in Hong Kong but raised in England — helped lead Kennesaw State to the national championship in 2003, scoring 16 goals during her Owls career, including four game-winners. She also had 11 assists at Kennesaw State. She then played in the USL W-League, playing from 2007-09 with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Nolin spent 2010 with the Atlanta Beat in the Women’s Professional Soccer League before returning to the Silverbacks and helped them win their first league title, recording three assists and one goal.

She has also spent the past four years as an assistant to Rob King at her alma mater.

"I want to thank Herb Reinhard for trusting me to lead the women's soccer program as the new head coach at Valdosta State University," said Nolin. "I am honored to be a part of this fantastic university and athletic department. I am very impressed with the people of VSU, the campus and the facilities.

“Coach Mel Heinz has left a great foundation to build on, and I'm excited to implement my vision for the program and look forward to becoming a part of this unique family."

Nolin has also served as a technical development coach for the Gwinnett Soccer Association and has helped the Georgia Olympic Soccer Development Program, recently beginning a stint as an Olympic Development assistant coach last year.

She now will take over the helm of VSU’s three-year old program, which will feature 10 new additions to a talented returning corps. The Blazers went 33-16-7 during its first three seasons — all under Heinz’s watch — made two NCAA tournament appearances as well as one berth in the Gulf South Conference championship.

"Rebecca has a passion and enthusiasm for the game of soccer that is contagious," said Reinhard. "I am very confident that she is going to be a tremendous head coach and will build on the foundation of success that we have built with Blazer soccer."

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