KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer staff has been named the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III West region staff of the year.
It is the sixth time that Marcus Wood has won the award in his 18 seasons at HSU. He has led the Cowgirls to the Final Four for the second time in his career and HSU is 23-0 and riding a 45-game unbeaten streak.
Wood has three part-time assistants that all work on a volunteer basis and do a great job with the program when they can be with the team.
Brent Camp has been with the Cowgirls for 12 years. He is also the head coach at Abilene High School.
"Brent adds so much value," said Wood. "It begins with the fact that he is one of the greatest competitors in the history of Hardin-Simmons Soccer. To our players he is a big teddy bear but get him into the heat of battle and he is someone you want on your side. He is a winner and a champion and his leadership greatly influences our TEAM every year."
Manuel Cordova is in his fourth season on the HSU staff. He is the head coach at Abilene Wylie High School.
"He reminds me of myself at a younger age," said Wood. "He is a student of the game. He works his socks off. He is a tactician and a problem solver. The war room is a fun room with Brent and Manuel when we are deciding game strategy and we know the opponent is special. Manuel's future in the game is very bright."
Taylor (Thigpen) Dudley is in her first season with the Cowgirls as an assistant.
"Taylor is one of the great legends of our program and she decided to help us out in 2017," said Wood. "She leads a finishing practice every week. Taylor was a world-class ball striker. Now she is passing her wisdom along to our next generation of players. It makes me very proud watching her teach the details. She was a feisty player and now she is a feisty coach."
The Cowgirls will play in the NCAA Semifinals on Dec. 1 at 12:30 against Williams College in Greensboro, N.C.
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