Lady Cru will be under new management next year. Coach Barry Elkins will take the reins to lead the women’s soccer program into fall 2012 after the resignation of Coach Meg Brown.
Elkins is a UMHB alum and is an influence locally. He has been successful as the head girls’ soccer coach for Belton High School.
Elkins has accumulated a record of 227 wins, 62 losses and 26 ties along with 12 consecutive playoff berths in his 13 years at the high school.
The women had an off season this past year finishing 5-12-1, a fundamental reason to this record being the lack of defense.
The Lady Cru defense conceded 42 goals in 18 games, averaging 2.33 goals against per game.
Elkins is looking to change that.
“Being a defender my entire life, I do not like giving up goals,” he said.
His mindset is that if you can’t play defense, you can’t play, and the current defensive scheme has proved to be faulty.
Junior elementary education major Darla Gregory played for Elkins at Belton High School and realizes that the defense will be just one of the many changes that come with the new coach for the upcoming season.
“We need a lot of things to change .… because he does have high expectations and will accept no less than those standards,” Gregory said.
Nine district championships even at the high school level speaks of his expectations. Elkins believes that the women have the talent to make a conference championship a reality, and they only lack the guidance.
“I think he will get the program headed in the right direction,” said Gregory, who is familiar with both programs the successful BHS women’s soccer programs as well as the one at UMHB.
Director of Sports Information Jon Wallin said, “The coach would not start here until he is done at the high school.”
Elkins is still mid-season at the school and has every intention of making playoffs again this season. Until the season is done for the Lady Tigers, he won’t be fully committed to training with the Lady Cru.
While the women wish the best of luck to the Lady Tigers, they are excited to get started on renovating the Lady Cru soccer program to be finely tuned for next fall.