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ATLANTA, Ga. - Agnes Scott College Director of Athletics Joeleen Akin has announced that Head Soccer Coach Joe Bergin has resigned to take over as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at his Alma Mater, Marietta College (Ohio).
Bergin was a standout goalkeeper for Marietta College prior to graduating in 1986 with a degree in journalism.
"We are really going to miss Coach Bergin, he has been a great asset to our athletic department for the past 10 years, but I understand that he has a great new opportunity to coach the men's team at Marietta" said Akin.
Coach Bergin was the longest tenured coach at Agnes Scott having started in 2002-2003. He has amassed a record of 88-97-12 and was named GSAC Coach of the Year three times (2005, 2007, 2011). Bergin has coached one GSAC Player of the Year, two GSAC Freshman of the Year, 35 GSAC All Conference players, 73 GSAC All Academic team members and his team has been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with the Team Academic Award eight consecutive years, the longest streak in the conference.
Bergin capped his Agnes Scott career with the team's first ever conference championship win as the #2 seeded Agnes Scott Scotties defeated the #1 seeded Spirits of Salem College in an exciting penalty kick shootout and the soccer team's first ever trip to the NCAA tournament.
"I am grateful for the opportunity Agnes Scott gave me 10 years ago and for the time I have spent with my players", said Bergin. "The experience at Agnes Scott, particularly the GSAC Championship game this past year, will never be forgotten."
Bergin will be replaced by Rosemary Davis, a 2008 graduate of Kenyon College. Davis was most recently the assistant coach at Kenyon College and prior to that she was an assistant coach at Agnes Scott for two years (2010-2012). While at Agnes Scott, Davis received her Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She has also served as an assistant coach at Cornell University in New York in 2009.
As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Davis graduated with highest honors and was also a four year starting goalkeeper. She was named team MVP, first-team NCAC All-Conference, second team All-Region and she was a two year team captain who helped lead the team to their first conference championship and first appearance and win in the NCAA tournament.
"I am very excited to have Coach Davis at Agnes Scott. I think she will be a great leader to keep the momentum of this year's conference win and NCAA appearance going and I think the team will respond well to her" said Akin.