NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team announced on Monday that Amanda Martin will join the coaching staff this upcoming season to work primarily with the Sooners’ goalkeepers.
Martin comes to Norman after spending one year as an assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte, where she helped guide the program to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship.
“Amanda is a young, energetic and talented coach and has a tremendous background as a player. We are excited to add her to our staff,” said head coach Randy Evans. “With her knowledge of the game and ability to relate to players, Amanda will provide a tremendous boost to our recruiting efforts and will ultimately help our program achieve its goals of winning a Big 12 Championship and returning to the NCAA Tournament.”
At Charlotte, Martin worked with the 49ers’ goalkeepers, which recorded the school’s lowest goals-against average (GAA) in four years. Additionally, Martin’s goalies combined to record five shutouts which tied the most by a 49er club in the last five years. Those statistics were assisted by freshman goalie Lauren Brown, who was named to the A-10’s All-Rookie Team after finishing the year with a perfect 6-0 record and one shutout.
“I am thrilled to join a program and university that has such a strong tradition in athletics and academics,” said Martin. “This is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to getting started and working with the team and learning from Randy and Christian (Michner).”
Martin graduated in May 2006 from Saint Louis University with a degree in communications where she also put together an impressive playing career for the Billikens.
The Franklin, Tennessee native finished her soccer career at Saint Louis as the career leader for goals-against average (0.65). She also ranked second all-time at Saint Louis with 19 shutouts and 34 wins in over 4,100 minutes of action in 51 games played over her three-year career. Prior to transferring to Saint Louis, Martin began her collegiate career at the University of Arizona where she started nine games and recorded two shutouts as a freshman.
As a senior goalkeeper at Saint Louis, Martin played a vital role in helping lead the Billikens to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005. The postseason appearance came after the program captured the A-10 regular season and tournament titles. During her final season, Martin was 9-2 and recorded a 0.91 goals-against average in 11 starts.
Martin earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior in 2004. During that campaign, she set the Saint Louis school record with a 0.53 GAA, which was also the seventh-lowest mark in the nation that season. Martin also led Conference USA with a 0.20 GAA in conference play in 2004.
In addition to playing soccer on the collegiate level, Martin was a member of the W-League’s Charlotte Lady Eagles team from 2003-2005.
The recent hiring fills the void left by former OU assistant Wally Crittenden, who left for a similar position at the University of Nebraska following the 2006 season.
The 2007 Sooners return eight starters from last year’s team that finished the season with a 5-2-1 record over the final eight regular season games. OU was 8-11-1 overall and 3-6-1 in Big 12 play last season and will report for fall practice in August.