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Varnado steps down as FMU men’s soccer coach

FLORENCE, SC - Francis Marion University athletic officials have announced the resignation of men’s soccer head coach Kevin Varnado, effective at the end of the 2011 fall semester.

FMU director of athletics Murray Hartzler said that a national search for Varnado’s successor will begin immediately.

“Kevin has been a valuable member of our athletic department over the past nine years and we wish him much success in his future endeavors,” Hartzler said. “We appreciate all of his work for Francis Marion University.”

Varnado recently completed his fifth season on the Patriots’ sidelines. Francis Marion posted a 4-13-1 mark, placed seventh in the Peach Belt Conference regular-season standings, and lost in the quarterfinals of the PBC Tournament.

In his five seasons as head coach at Francis Marion, the Patriots recorded a 41-45-9 mark.

In his second season as head coach, the 2008 Patriot squad went 14-5-3, won both the Peach Belt regular season and tournament championships, advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament, and he was named the Conference Coach of the Year.

However, FMU managed only 11 victories (five conference wins) over the past two years.

In three of his first four seasons, his squad earned the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award for men’s soccer. On 14 occasions, his players earned All-Conference honors and four times a Patriot garnered PBC All-Academic recognition.

Varnado was instrumental in the program's participation in The Passionately Pink for the CureTM program, organized by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure group, a fundraising event that was held in conjunction with the observance of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. His squads also made regular community outreach appearances at Greenwood Elementary School.

Prior to taking over the head coaching reins, Varnado served as an assistant coach for four seasons.

Varnado came to Francis Marion from St. Andrews Presbyterian College where he served as assistant men's coach during the 2001 season, and where he earned a B.S. degree in exercise science in 2000.

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Last Published: December 2, 2011 11:56 AM
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