MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan women’s soccer head coach Neil Stafford has accepted the same position at Cincinnati, according to a news release on gobearcats.com.
Assistant coach Ian Carry has been assigned the Chippewas' interim head coach role as the athletics department conducts a national search for the permanent replacement.
Stafford departs after two successful seasons with the Chippewas. He led CMU to a 15-7-1 record in 2012, earning a Mid-American Conference West Division regular season title and the MAC’s first at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Chippewas were defeated by Michigan, 2-1, in double overtime.
In 2011 he guided the Chippewas to a 15-3-3 overall record, and mentored a defense that allowed the fourth-lowest goals per game average in NCAA Division I.
Defense was a forte for CMU during Stafford’s tenure. In addition to allowing the fewest goals and posting the most shutouts in conference play in both 2011 and 2012, each of the past two MAC Defensive Players of the Year have been Chippewas: Bailey Brandon in 2012 and Liesel Toth in 2011.