June 22, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lisa Gozley, who led the Washington State women's soccer program to its first NCAA Tournament berth, has resigned after four years as head coach of the Cougars.
Gozley, 32, will accompany her husband Larry Trumino to his hometown of Long Island, N.Y., where he accepted a position with a family-owned construction company.
"It's a simple life decision," said Gozley, herself a native of Massapequa, N.Y. "Larry has followed my career for seven years with stops at Minnesota and Washington State. This is a great job opportunity for Larry and gives us a chance to return to Long Island where both our families reside."
"Washington State has provided me with many memorable experiences," added Gozley. "I set and achieved a lot of goals here."
WSU was the first head coaching assignment for Gozley, who put together a 31-38-4 overall record with five victories over top 20 competition.
In her 1994 debut, Gozley guided WSU to a 12-7-1 record and the school's only NCAA Tournament berth. The Cougars advanced to the "Sweet 16" after they defeated Big Ten champion Wisconsin 3-1 in the opening round at Madison, Wis. That season Gozley's Cougars were ranked for seven weeks in the national polls, including a final ranking of No. 19 by Soccer America.
Gozley helped produce two NCAA Far West All-Americans (Robyn Smith in 1994, Tari Beck in 1995) and four Pacific-10 All-Conference selections during her four-year tenure. Off the field, Cougars have earned all-league academic honors a total of 16 times.
"I'm grateful for all the contributions Lisa has made to the growth and success of the women's soccer program here," said Rick Dickson, WSU's athletic director. "The young women have been fine representatives of the athletic department and the university. It's difficult to lose a coach of this caliber."
Dickson will begin a search for Gozley's replacement immediately and intends to have a new head coach prior to preseason practices in August.