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Women’s soccer head coach Willard hires assistant Jennifer Myhre

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The Carnegie Mellon athletics department has hired a new full-time assistant women’s soccer coach, filling the void left when former assistant Betsy Warren left after the end of last season. Entering her fourth season, head coach Sue Willard announced that Jennifer Myhre, most recently an assistant coach at Luther College for the 2008 season, will be the newest addition to the Tartans coaching staff.

“Jen was a very strong candidate for our assistant coaching position,” Coach Willard said. “She was excited and educated about what Carnegie Mellon offers its students in terms of academics and athletics. We also felt that Jen knows what it takes to be a successful student athlete because of her own academic and athletic pedigree.”

Myhre, who graduated summa cum laude from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. in 2008, brings lots of collegiate soccer experience to the Tartans. During her undergraduate career at Messiah, Myhre helped the Falcons to a Division III national championship in 2005, and another trip to the finals in 2007. Messiah also made it to the semifinal round in 2004 and 2006. As a student, Myhre received a bachelor of arts in sports and exercise science, concentrating in sports management, as well as a bachelor of science in accounting.

While at Luther, Coach Myhre helped the Norse to an 11–7–2 finish in 2008. She has also coached at Northern York High School in Dillsburg, Pa., as well as at soccer camps at Messiah, Athletes in Action, and Soccer Academy Inc.

“It is an honor and privilege to be the assistant women’s soccer coach at Carnegie Mellon University,” said Myhre in a press release on Carnegie Mellon’s Athletics website. “I value Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to provide student-athletes with an unparalleled education, where learning not only occurs in the classroom, but also out on the athletic fields. I am excited to be a part of a women’s soccer program and athletic department where there is a passion and enthusiasm to pursue excellence in all areas of life.”

“Jen has a great understanding of team and individual training and will be a valuable asset in recruiting prospective student-athletes to Carnegie Mellon,” added Coach Willard.

The fact that Coach Myhre is the third assistant coach in four years is essentially a non-issue, according to Tartans senior Casey Garth. Garth, who has been through the coaching changes, said that although it takes time to adapt to a new assistant coach, she looks forward to working with Coach Myhre. “Jen brings a lot to our team; she not only has NCAA experience, but she has an NCAA championship under her belt, so she clearly knows what it takes to win. Jen was a great player and her technical ability has really been beneficial to the team thus far. I have been fortunate enough to play under three very talented assistant coaches Tony [Mohamed], Betsy [Warren], and now Jen, and I am really excited about working with Jen this year, and she has the knowledge and skills to help lead us to NCAAs.”