GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen College Athletic Department announced that Dale Stoltzfus has resigned his position as head women's soccer coach, citing family health concerns. His resignation is effective immediately and a search for the eighth head coach in Maple Leaf women's soccer history has already begun, Athletic Director Tim Demant said on Friday.
"In his one year, Dale did a phenomenal job rebuilding the team and laying the foundation for a successful future," Demant explained. "We are disappointed to receive his resignation, although we fully support and understand that his family needs to be his priority. His knowledge and ability to analyze and teach the game will be missed."
A 1984 Goshen College graduate, Stoltzfus returned to the Maple Leafs in February of 2013 after a long and successful high school teaching and coaching career. He amassed more than 450 wins coaching boys and girls in Indiana and Pennsylvania over a 30-plus year career.
At Goshen, Stotlzfus led the Leafs to one of their best starts in program history in 2013, winning five of their first six contests. Stoltzfus eventually led Goshen to a 9-9 record (8-10 until recently receiving a forfeit victory from Mount Vernon), the most wins and the best winning percentage since 1997 when Scott Bodiker coached them to a 13-7-1 mark.
The Maple Leafs also made strides in Crossroads League play, posting multiple victories in conference action for the first time since 2007. In his one season, Stoltzfus coached five players who earned both Academic All-Conference and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors.