MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University Department of Athletics announced Monday that head women’s soccer coach Juan Pablo Favero will not return for the 2010 season. Favero, at the helm for the past two seasons, will resign to return to his native Argentina.
The university will seek a full-time replacement, according to Athletic Director Wendell Staton, opening a national search to begin immediately.
Described as a desire that has “always been in his heart” to return to his country of birth, Favero explains the move as a family decision.
“I want to go back so my kids can experience the benefit of having lived in both countries, as well as to give something back to my country,” said the Bobcat soccer coach. “I am grateful for my time in the United States, including my education and the professional experience as a soccer coach and college professor that God has given me in this country. This time has made me a better coach, professional and person. I now want to use that skill set to do good things in Argentina.”
Favero has been at the helm for the two of the best seasons in school history, putting together a 23-9-9 overall record. The team cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top-25 in 2008, reaching as high as No. 19. Even more impressive was the Bobcats’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in that same season.
“Coach Favero has laid the groundwork for and had tremendous success in his two seasons at Georgia College, setting up the program for sustained excellence in the future,” said Staton. “While we are sad as a department to see him go, he leaves for the best possible reasons, caused by a sense of national pride and a commitment to his family.”
Favero has coached 16 all-conference players in two years at Georgia College, four all-region nominees and the first All-American in school history in 2009, goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.).
Favero spent 19 years on American soil first as a student-athlete at Marist College, and Palm Beach Atlantic, then a coach for his Alma Mater for five seasons, including two as head coach. He then spent four seasons at the helm of Missouri Baptist before coaching five seasons of women’s soccer at Newberry College.
Favero was American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year for men’s soccer at Missouri Baptist in 2001, adding women’s coach honors a year later. He was also named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year while at Newberry.
“I am extremely thankful for my time at Georgia College,” said Favero. “I thank the coaches, administrators and most importantly the players that have supported my family and me both professionally and personally. In this change I have a mixture of sadness in leaving a great program and group of young ladies, and a great sense of expectation for what’s in store for me and my family as well as the team.”
“The Bobcat soccer program is in great shape,” Favero added. “This group is ready to continue to build successful seasons. They are poised to achieve all of their goals.”
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