June 26, 2014 — The University of the Southwest announced the hiring of Betty Casey as the new Head Women’s Soccer Coach on Monday, introducing her as the newest member of the Mustang Athletic Staff.
“I am pleased to announce the naming of Betty Casey as the new Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of the Southwest,” stated Vice President for Advancement and Director of Athletics William Weidner. “Betty brings a demonstrated track record of success in the intercollegiate athletics soccer coaching profession as a top assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level. Betty’s additional experience of having had a distinguished playing career as an NCAA Division I student-athlete and as a professional soccer player will greatly assist her efforts of building a Women’s Soccer program at USW that will successfully compete for Red River Athletic Conference Championships and NAIA tournament berths on an annual basis.”
A New Jersey native, Casey brings a stellar resume to the Lady Mustang Soccer program both as a player and coach. She has coached in numerous positions throughout her career including most recently as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, an NCAA Division I institution and a proud member of Conference USA, when she was appointed to the post in 2012.
“I’m very honored to be named the head women’s soccer coach at the University of the Southwest,” said Casey, “Soccer has always been a major part of my life and I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to take my coaching career to the next level. I can’t wait to meet with our team and begin developing strong relationships with each of the players, as well as the entire administrative staff and faculty here at USW. I’d like to thank Mr. Weidner and his staff for allowing me the chance to lead these players and help them develop the necessary skills to be successful both on and off the field.”
Casey attended Mississippi State University, a member institution of the Southeast Conference (SEC), where she dominated her collegiate career and became one of the most decorated women’s soccer student-athletes in the program’s history, leading the Bulldogs in many statistical categories. Her career marks for points (51), goals (20), assists (11), shots (191) and game-winning assists (6) all rank in the top 10 in MSU history. She led the Bulldogs is scoring, shots and points for three consecutive seasons (2003-05), and in two of those years, she also led the team in assists to wrap up an outstanding four year career at the NCAA Division I level.
Following her graduation from MSU in 2006, Casey rocketed up the soccer coaching and playing ranks. She first served as the head women’s soccer coach at Coral Springs Christian Academy, in Florida, and then began her professional soccer playing career with the Miami Kickers F.C. in the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL). As a professional soccer player in the WPSL, Casey was named All-Sunshine Conference while earning league honors as Offensive MVP in which she lead the league in overall points and scoring points for the 2008 season. Casey added to her professional playing career in 2009 when she joined on to play with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League in Canada. Most recently, Casey was member of the Mississippi Fuego F. C. professional soccer team in the WPSL.
In addition to her coaching experience at the collegiate and prep levels, Casey has also served on numerous camp & combine coaching staffs throughout the nation. Her experience includes having been the coach and speed trainer for fundamental futbol training squads in Canada.
“Betty Casey’s well-rounded experience on the intercollegiate and professional levels will serve her well in her role as our Head Women’s Soccer Coach at USW,” Weidner continued, “Her commitment to student-athlete success in the classroom and on the field of play will be a great fit with our athletic department core values as well as our University Mission Statement in this regard.”
“Betty Casey will be a wonderful addition to our athletic department, the University and the Hobbs community. On behalf of our USW Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, we welcome Betty Casey as the newest member of our Mustang Family.”