BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team has enjoyed exponential success in Head Coach Gary Curneen’s first three seasons at the helm of the program. After leading the Roadrunners to a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference and being named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2016, Curneen has been given a three-year contract extension.
“Coach Curneen has done an outstanding job leading our women’s soccer program both in competition and in the classroom, where his team boasts one of the highest GPAs in the department,” said Director of Athletics Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried. “He is committed to continuing to enhance the program and I look forward to the continued growth of women’s soccer at CSUB under his leadership.”
Curneen’s contract extension is good through the 2019 season and will allow CSUB’s head coach to continue progressing his program in the right direction. Since coming to Bakersfield in March of 2014, Curneen’s teams have reached new heights on the field, breaking several CSUB Division I offensive records, posting a CSUB DI-best eight wins this past season, and bringing home three major WAC honors: Coach of the Year (2016) and Freshman of the Year (Sophie Freeman, 2016; Aminah Settles, 2015).
When asked about the extension, Curneen said he is looking forward to the bright future ahead of his squad: “I am very excited to sign an extension and commit to CSUB for a further three years. Our players and staff have done a fantastic job in building a program and implementing a winning culture, both on and off the field. Our goal is to continue that growth with hard work and we will put ourselves in a position to create history and bring a WAC Women’s Soccer Championship to Bakersfield for the first time.”
At the 2016 WAC Tournament, the ‘Runners earned their highest seed (2) since joining the conference and have enjoyed trips to the tournament all three years under Curneen’s direction. In 2015, Curneen led the CSUB women’s soccer program to its first-ever postseason win. The ‘Runners look poised to add to that win total in years to come thanks to solid recruiting and sound tactical approaches on the pitch.
To add to Curneen’s teams’ major awards, nine ‘Runners have been named either First or Second Team All-Conference in the past three seasons. Proving his student-athletes can get it done both on and off the field, Curneen has enjoyed seeing his players earn Academic All-Conference honors 34 times with a few more freshmen and transfers expected to be honored this spring as well.