Ancheta named coach at Western Oregon

The women's soccer program now has its second head coach.

MONMOUTH -- Steve Ancheta has been named the new women's soccer coach at Western Oregon.

Ancheta has coached the boys team at Central Catholic High School in Portland for the past seven seasons. He becomes the second women's soccer coach in WOU history, following the 15-year tenure of Rod Fretz.

"Throughout the process, it became apparent Steve was the right person to take the reins of the women's soccer program," WOU athletic director Daniel Hare said. "His enthusiasm for the university, his championship attitude and results, the recommendations he received from the top programs in the region and his ability to teach the game the right way made him the perfect choice for the position."

Ancheta's Central Catholic teams won seven straight Mt. Hood Conference titles and the 2007 Class 6A state title. Those squads had a combined record of 94-14-7 as Ancheta wo conference coach of the year honors six times.

Ancheta also has coached for the FC Portland Soccer Academy, an elite club program for girls founded by Clive Charles.

"I'd like to thank president John Minahan, director of athletics Daniel Hare, the search committee and everyone I met with throughout this process for this wonderful opportunity," said Ancheta. "I look forward to developing this program into a championship contender and I will strive to do my best to push this program to success on and off the field. It will take hard work, effort and sheer determination to challenge ourselves to be the very best we can be for this terrific institution."

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