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Jan. 15, 2003

Evansville, Ind. – Former South Carolina defender and assistant coach Dave Golan was introduced yesterday as the new head coach of Evansville University men’s soccer program. Golan played four years for the Gamecocks (1984-1988) and still holds the university record for most starts and most games played in a single season (24).

Golan joins five other Carolina affiliates that own head coaching jobs in NCAA Division I, all in respectable programs such as Clemson, Furman, Kentucky and St. Johns, among others.

The Fairfax, Va., native was an assistant coach under Mark Berson from 1995-2000. Coach Berson said, “First of all, Evansville has hired an outstanding person. He’s also a very experienced coach and an excellent recruiter. Dave did a tremendous job of advancing the Appalachian State program to the point where they obviously will be a force to be reckoned with in the South Region for years to come. He’ll also be a wonderful fit. He understands and respects the tradition of the program and the importance of soccer in the Evansville community. There are great things in place there to build on, and I believe his team will win a ton of games. I know he is anxious to get started.”

Golan moved from USC assistant coach to the head coaching job at Appalachian State in 2000, where he led the Mountaineers to a 22-12-1 record over the past two years.

Evansville, known as the Purple Aces, competes in the Missouri Valley Conference against schools such as Southern Methodist, Eastern Illinois and Western Kentucky.