GRAM's Wagar Named LWSA Co-Coach of the Year
HAMMOND, La. - Grambling State University head women’s soccer coach Justin Wagar was named the 2017 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Co-Coach of the Year, while the Lady Tigers had three players named to the All-Louisiana Collegiate Women’s Soccer Teams.
The 2017 LSWA All-Louisiana Women’s Soccer Collegiate Teams were selected by the state’s sports information directors. SID’s were not permitted to vote for their institution’s student-athletes.
Kaylee Holt and Brittany Terry earned first team honors, while Haileigh Adams was named to the honorable mention team.
Wagar, who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year, inherited a program that won just one game the previous season and was picked to finish 10th in the SWAC preseason predicted order of finish. He turned around the program as the Lady Tigers went 7-2-1 in conference play and 11-7-2 overall. Grambling State enjoyed a seven-match unbeaten streak during the season and held the top spot in the conference standings until the last two weeks of the regular season. Also, he helped guide the Lady Tigers a No. 2 seed in the SWAC Women's Soccer Tournament.
Holt, who was an All-SWAC Second-Team performer, led the team in points (22) and goals (nine), and finished with 31 shots on goal in 20 matches. She tallied four game-winning goals and was 2-for-2 in penalty kicks. Statistically, the South Jordan, Utah native ranked tied for fourth in the SWAC in points and goals.
Terry, who was an All-SWAC First-Team selection, finished third on the team in points after registering three goals and four assists. Known for her flip throw-ins, Terry was 2-for-2 in penalty kicks and registered one game-winning goal, which came in the final seconds of a 2-1 win over Howard.
Adams, an All-SWAC Second Team honoree, anchored the back line for the Lady Tigers as she played in 20 games with 19 starts. She was part of a defense that surrendered just 1.05 goals per game.