May 6, 2013

Sahaydaks Step Down at VCU, Accept Head Coaching Position at Central Florida

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University Women's Soccer Co-Head Coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak announced their resignations on Monday, as the duo will take over at the University of Central Florida. 

Roberts Sahaydak will assume head coaching responsibilities, while Sahaydak will serve as associate head coach with the Knights.

"VCU Athletics wishes Tiff and Tim Sahaydak the best of luck in their new endeavors at UCF," said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin.  "Their hard work has positioned us to achieve our goals of winning championships and providing an excellent student-athlete experience.  We can't thank them enough for what they have done over the last six years."

During their six-year tenure at VCU, the Sahaydaks guided the Rams to a 53-50-19 overall mark, including three appearances in the conference championship match (2007 and 2011 as members of the Colonial Athletic Association, and 2012 in the Atlantic 10).

The Rams won 12 games last year, three shy of the school record, while compiling an 11-3-4 mark during their final 18 matches, outscoring opponents 35-8 during that stretch.  VCU also logged 20 shutouts over their final two seasons.

The Sahaydaks, who were named 2011 CAA Co-Coaches of the Year, tutored 20 all-conference honorees, including six first-team citations, to go along with a pair of CAA Defenders of the Year and a CAA Rookie of the Year selection.

"It is difficult to move on from a VCU program that Tim and I have built over the past six years," Roberts Sahaydak said.  "I want the present and former players to know that they have made our experience in Richmond truly special.  It is because of the players' trust and hard work that Tim and I now have this new opportunity in our coaching career. Although I'm sad to say goodbye, I know the program is in a great place and I look forward to seeing the accomplishments of one of VCU's strongest teams. 

"I'd like to thank Ed McLaughlin and Pat Stauffer for their leadership during my time at VCU. I'd particularly like to thank former Athletic Director Norwood Teague and former Deputy Athletic Director Mike Ellis for believing in my abilities and for giving me the opportunity to do what I love."

The Sahaydaks inherit a UCF program that has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1999.

A national search for VCU's new head coach will begin immediately.

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