LIMA - Reading over Stuart Gore's resume is impressive to say the least, and now he gets to add another line as the first head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Gore was offered the job by UNOH Director of Athletics Chris Adams on Tuesday and formally accepted the position on Wednesday.
"To start a program from scratch was a massive draw," Gore said. "Looking into what (UNOH men's soccer coach) Gavin (Oldham) did in building a new program, I felt it was just time. It is a great opportunity to put your stamp on something and build something from the ground up."
Gore began his soccer career in his native Great Britain, playing for the English National Team at U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18 levels in European and world competitions from 1993-2001. From 1996-200, he played professionally for Leeds United, which played in the English Premier League and the Champions League.
He came to America on a scholarship to the University of Montevallo, where he was a two-time All-Conference pick. After that, he signed a two-year professional contract with UD Lorca of the Spanish 2nd Division, winning games against Barcelona and Real Madrid Academies.
Gore's coaching career spans three countries, Spain, England and the United States. In America, he has served various roles in the Women's Professional Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer League Elite Level, including his most recent role as the head coach of the Philadelphia Fever of the WPSL. He has collegiate experience at Rider University and the University of Delaware as well.
Yet despite his glamorous playing and coaching pedigree, he feels it's a more personal element which will help him in recruiting new student-athletes to UNOH.
"If I was coaching the guys, I think my playing experience would really help me. … For me, it's all about what I can for the player, what I can do for the student-athlete as a woman," Gore said. "Take care of her, is she in the right class, is she getting the right education, on the field she's doing the right things, and off the field she's happy she chose UNOH to come to school."
Time is of the essence for Gore; the Lady Racers will begin play in the fall of 2013, less than one year away. After building a roster for the Fever in 10 weeks, he is confident the roster he puts together in 10 months will do just fine.
"This seems like a lifetime to be honest," Gore said. "To be given the tools I've been given by (UNOH president) Dr. Jeff Jarvis and Chris Adams, to be able to go out there and recruit is just huge. Not a lot of starter programs start the way the president and A.D. have given me. The recruitment budget is more than what a lot of (NCAA Division I) schools get."
After touring the UNOH campus and taking in the new soccer facility, he knows drawing top-level talent won't be difficult once they see what he has. He said the facility at a Big East match he recently watched was 20 times worse than what is offered at Northwestern Ohio.
"It's a huge draw to be able to have a brand new field and locker rooms and offices," Gore said.
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