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Spence leaving women's soccer post at ENMU


May 18, 2018

ENMU Athletics

Ryan Spence

PORTALES — Ryan Spence had, by most metrics, a pretty successful first season as women's soccer coach at Eastern New Mexico University, and there was no indication he wouldn't return for a second campaign.

But when your alma mater calls, it's tough to say no. Spence resigned Thursday from his post with the Greyhounds to become the fifth women's soccer coach in Midwestern State history.

"My time here at ENMU was short but definitely impactful for my wife and I," Spence said. "The community was always welcoming us with open arms. Dr. (Greg, ENMU athletic director) Waggoner allowed me to grow as a person and a coach and I call him a great mentor of mine. ENMU is setting up to be special and I'm glad I was part of a women's program that broke some records on the way."

Under Spence the Greyhounds went 5-9-6 in 2017, following a 2-6-2 start. Spence might have wowed his future employers most on the field as Eastern registered a pair of victories last season over Midwestern State. The most recent was a 4-0 win over the Mustangs in the LSC quarterfinals.

He takes over for Damian Clarke, who left for Fort Lewis College in the spring. Spence was a three-time All-American as a player for the Mustangs, who went to the NCAA Division II playoffs all four years he played — including a Final Four run in 2010.

"It is with mixed emotions that we wish Ryan off on his new adventure with his alma mater, Midwestern State," Waggoner said in a school release. In Ryan's one year at the helm of the women's soccer program at ENMU he has changed the culture substantially and took the team to their first playoff win in program history. He has been a pleasure to work with, and we know he will be successful moving forward."


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