Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University Athletics
Box 4515 601 College Street Clarksville, TN 37040
Division 1 Tennessee Southeast
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Naomi Kolarova

Naomi Kolarova was named the second head women's soccer coach in Austin Peay program history, Dec. 21, 2017. This fall season is her first with the Governors, as she leads the program into their 17th season of competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Kolarova, previously the head women’s soccer coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University for 12 seasons, led the 2017 TWU team all the way to the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals, the best post-season finish in history for a TWU women’s athletics program. Last season's Lady Bulldogs squad also received the program's highest ever national ranking, reaching No. 11 in the NAIA national poll at season's end.

In her 12 seasons at Tennessee Wesleyan, Kolarova has led the program to three Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championships, an AAC Regular Season title, as well as three NAIA National Tournament appearances. Kolarova has coached 66 all-conference athletes and seven athletes who received the Appalachian Athletic Conference's top soccer awards. The latter total includes two AAC Players of the Year, two Offensive Players of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and two AAC Freshmen of the Year. In addition, three players were named to NAIA All-American teams during her time at Tennessee Wesleyan.

Kolarova's teams also exceled in the classroom with her program receiving the NAIA's Scholar Team Award four times since 2012. In addition, 10 soccer athletes were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes 24 times, and 59 student-athletes received academic all-conference honors.

A Cambridge, New Zealand native, Kolarova (nee Clarke) is a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association Division II All-American as a player. She played three seasons at Lock Haven (Pa.) where she was conference rookie of the year and ultimately scored 34 goals – still third most in that program's history. Kolarova then transferred to Metropolitan State-Denver for her final season and was the conference player of the year after a 29-point (13 goals, 16 assists) campaign.

Following her collegiate career, Kolarova was a member of the New Zealand National Senior Women's Team in 2004 and earned three caps with the Football Ferns. She also played for the United States W-League's Mile High Mustangs in 2004.

Kolarova began her coaching career at the University of North Alabama, where she was a graduate assistant for the 2005 season while earning her master's degree in health promotion and human performance. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in human performance and sport, with an emphasis in K-12 teaching. Kolarova holds the USSF National “B” Coaching License.

She and her husband Hristo Kolarov reside in Cunningham, Tenn. and have a one year old daughter, Kiriana.

Kolarova Snapshot

Becomes second coach in Austin Peay women's soccer history after signing a four-year contract

Her 2017 Tennessee Wesleyan team became the first women's team in school history to reach the NAIA national tournament quarterfinals

Led TWU to its only three NAIA National Tournament appearances

The Lady Bulldogs No. 11 ranking at end of 2017 season was the program's first national ranking

Coached Tennessee Wesleyan's first NAIA All-American

Her teams received NAIA academic recognition four times since 2012-13 and 10 women's soccer student-athletes received NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

Was a four-time NSCAA Division II All-American as a player at Lock Haven and Metropolitan State-Denver

The Kolarova File –

Hometown – Cambridge, New Zealand

High School – St. Peter's School

Education –

University of North Alabama (M.A., Health Promotion and Human Performance, 2006)

Metropolitan State University-Denver (B.A., Human Performance & Sport, 2004)

Collegiate Coaching Experience –

Tennessee Wesleyan, head coach, 2006-17

North Alabama, graduate assistant, 2005-06

Playing Career –

Mile High Mustangs (US W-League), 2004

New Zealand Senior Women's National Team, 2004

Metropolitan State-Denver, 2003-04

Lock Haven (Pa.), 2000-03

New Zealand U 17 & U19 National Teams, 1997-1999

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Tracy Hoza

Tracy Hoza enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team.

Hoza joins the Governors' staff after an illustrious 15-year coaching stint at Northwest Missouri State, serving as the soccer program's head coach since 2003. She led the Bearcats to a program record 11-win season in 2009, enroute to posting the Northwest Missouri's three best program records in just a four-year span.

Hoza's squad garnered many accolades during her tenure, with 57 athletes receiving All-MIAA honors during her time as program director. The 2012 season saw a record breaking six players earn MIAA All-Conference honors. She also led the Bearcats to their first MIAA Goalkeeper of the Year and Freshman of the Year recognitions. Hoza was the second head coach in Northwest program history, holding the record for most wins in the 19-year history of Bearcat soccer.

Hoza has previous NCAA Division I experience with Toledo University in Ohio, serving as the assistant coach for the program for two season prior to accepting the job at Northwest Missouri State. Hoza was also an assistant coach at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, helping to lead the Eagles to 32 wins during her two years with the program. With Hoza on staff, Lock Haven triumphed in two-straight PSAC Championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in 1999 and the Elite Eight in 2000.

A four-year letter winner at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania, Hoza's playing career included two NSCAA All-American recognitions for the Lakers in 1994 and 1995. She is also a three-time All-Region honoree, serving as the Lakers' captain in the team's 1994 run to the NCAA Division II Final Four. For her distinguished accomplishments on and off the pitch, Hoza was inducted into Mercyhurst's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.

A native of Limerick, Ireland, Hoza played for the Irish junior and senior national teams from 1987-91. She earned her bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Mercyhurst, followed by a master's degree in liberal arts from Lock Haven University. She holds a USSF National ‘B’ Coaching License. Hoza and her husband, Matt, live in Clarksville, and have one daughter, Cora.

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Hayden Coffman

Hayden Coffman enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team.

Coffman helped lead the Govs’ 2017 team that went 8-7-3 overall and 3-4-3 in conference play, making the Ohio Valley Athletic championship tournament for the 7th time in program history. The 2017 team had two players recognized by the OVC post season, Kirsten Robertson was named First-Team All-OVC, while Morgan Drawdy was named Second-Team All-OVC and to the All-Newcomer team.

Coffman serves primarily as the goal keeper coach and has extensive experience both on the pitch and on the sidelines. He currently serves as Director of Goalkeeping with Tennessee United Soccer Club, and from 2015-16, worked as a goalkeeping instructor at CPS Soccer Academy.

Coffman continues to play at an elite level, and has represented Inter Nashville FC in the National Premier Soccer League, since 2015. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as captain for the Southern California Seahorses in the Premier Development League, leading the league in saves and minutes played in 2014.

Coffman got his coaching start at his alma mater, Trevecca Nazarene University, assisting with the women's program in its record-breaking 16-5-3 season in 2012. As coach of the goalkeepers, Coffman oversaw a unit that recorded 15 shutouts and posted a 0.50 goals-against average, reaching the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCCA) Final Four. Bekah Headrick earned Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors and NCCAA First-Team All-Region for her standout season under Coffman's tutelage.

He also spent two seasons coaching men's goalkeepers at Trevecca, with Braydon Brown earning G-MAC Honorable Mention honors.

Coffman was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Trojans from 2008-12, leaving school with six school records and a first-team All-TranSouth nod in 2010.

Coffman completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2013. He holds NSCAA National Goalkeeping Licenses in Levels 1, 2 and 3, and a TN State ‘D’ Coaching License. He resides in Hendersonville with his wife Kelsey.

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Jack Rushworth

Jack Rushworth enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team.

Rushworth is completing a Master of Science degree at Austin Peay, majoring in Health & Human Performance.

Rushworth has coaching experience at the college and youth levels, most recently working with Tennessee Wesleyan University’s women’s soccer team as volunteer assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. Rushworth helped guide the 2017 team to the NAIA National Quarterfinal round, the best ever post season finish for a TWU women’s athletic team in history.

At Tennessee Wesleyan, the 2017 starting goal keeper, McKenna Loges, was named All-Appalachian Athletic Conference and was an NAIA Academic All-American under his tutelage. Loges leads the TWU history books in most shutouts in a single season, and carries the title of allowing the 2nd least number of goals in a single season.

Rushworth’s youth coaching stints include age group coach and goalkeeper coach for McMinn Force and McMinn United clubs in Athens, TN, as well as roles with the Doncaster Rover Belles and i2i Football Academy in England. He holds a TN State ‘E’ Coaching License.

Rushworth, hailing from York, England, played his college soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan University (2014-2018), and had a season playing semi-pro at the Knoxville Force in 2017. Before his stint playing at TWU, Rushworth represented Selby Town FC in England, he was also selected to represent his district and county during his teenage years, and invited to attend English Colleges National Team trials.

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