PINEVILLE, LA - After enjoying one of their most successful seasons in school history, the Louisiana College women's soccer team took yet another positive step on Tuesday afternoon, as head coach Bruce Deaton announced former Lady Wildcat goalkeeper Emily Breaux as the new women's assistant coach.
From a historical perspective, Breaux is the first official full-time assistant in the program's history, which began in 2003 under coach Roby Arensman.
"I can't express just how excited I am to have Emily joining me on the coaching staff at Louisiana College," Deaton said, "she has been a tremendous leader for our program the last four years as a player, both on and off the field and she will continue to be a great asset to me, our players, and this program."
Breaux, a Lafayette High School alum, is the most decorated player in school history, as she became the first women's player to ever earn 1st Team All-ASC recognition at LC after her senior year in 2012. Most notably, Breaux made finished her career as the American Southwest Conference's all-time leader in career saves with over 800 stops, which was also good for sixth all-time in NCAA history.
"I am very excited about the future of this program and the direction it is headed," said Breaux, "working everyday with Coach Bruce (Deaton) the last four years has taught me so much, and having the opportunity to now work beside him as an assistant coach is something I consider an honor."
Breaux and Deaton have already taken steps in this offseason to improving their chances at making their first ASC Tournament appearance, as they have put together a stellar recruiting class that should help the Lady Wildcats further improve the progress they made from 2011 to 2012.
And for Deaton, having such a first class leader beside him brings even more encouragement.
"As a player, her work ethic and persistence was second to none, and now that she will be next to me on the sideline, I know that her attitude will wear off on our players In this program, both present and future."