GODFREY - Lewis and Clark Community College’s search for a new women’s soccer coach ended Friday. After a four-month search, the new coach is … the old one.
Tim Rooney, who retired as men’s and women’s coach at the end of last season has agreed to return to L&C as women’s soccer coach.
“My first day back is today,” Rooney said Friday. I feel good about. I already was missing it.”
Rooney, the winningest women’s soccer coach in NJCAA history, will not coach the men’s team at L&C. Ryan Hodge, who was Rooney’s assistant with both the women’s and men’s teams, will be the men’s coach.
“A big reason to come back is that Ryan’s full-time position at (L&C) just doesn’t allow him the time needed to coach both teams,” Rooney said. Originally, I had hoped he’d be able to coach both teams.”
Hodge is assistant director of enrollment at L&C.
Rooney announced early last season that he would be stepping down.
“Sometime near the end of February, we started talking when it looked like they were going to go with separate coaches,” Rooney said. “I’m glad it worked out.”
Rooney’s position as head coach of the women’s team is considered a part-time position. His former position as head coach of both teams was full time.
Rooney started the women’s soccer program at L&C and won national championships there in 1999 and 2008. Last season, the Trailblazers advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament and went 1-1 in pool play. They finished the season 18-3.
“I’m back as of (Friday) and the first practice is Monday,” he said. “Now I need to start scouting high school players and finish the schedule for next fall.
“It’s good to be back at work.”