BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Jason Lanham has been named the head coach for the Union College women's soccer program, Union Director of Athletics Darin S. Wilson announced Thursday.
"We are excited about having Jason take over our women's soccer program," Wilson said. "He has done well the past two seasons as an assistant coach to both the men's and women's programs, and I am confident he will continue to excel."
Lanham said, "I am very excited about becoming the next head coach of the Union women's soccer program. It is truly an honor to lead a program with such a strong tradition.
“I have become very enamored with the Union College community in my two years here, and I look forward to building on the relationships I’ve made, and also beginning many new friendships.”
Lanham replaces Juliana Filipe, who had been a part of the Lady Bulldog program for the past 10 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
"We are very appreciative of all the years of service Juliana has given to Union and to the women's soccer program," Wilson said. "She helped bring the program to national prominence as an athlete and helped strengthen the program's tradition as an assistant coach and head coach."
As an athlete, Filipe set NAIA and collegiate records for goals scored in a career (146) and points in a career (340). During her two seasons as an assistant, the Lady Bulldogs made back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, advancing to the Final Four in 2002. She compiled a 33-37-4 overall record.
For the past two seasons, Lanham has served as an assistant for the men's soccer program. He assisted with the women's soccer program in 2007.
"I want to thanks Mr. Wilson and the department of athletics for this opporturnity, (men's head soccer coach) Tyler Brock for bringing me down to be his assistant two years ago and lastly my family," Lanham said. "Without the support of my wonderful parents Ken and Vickie, my brother Wes, my sister Lori and my uncle Den, this would never have been possible."
Union finished 2007 with a 7-8-2 overall record after the Lady Bulldogs lost the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Union complied a 3-3-1 conference record for a fifth-place finish in the AAC.